[CR]Frame size speculation

Example: Framebuilders:Mario Confente

Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 22:29:44 -0800
From: <siverson@garlic.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]Frame size speculation

I am puzzled at the seemingly infinate number of classic bicycle frames available sized 60cm and greater in the used bike marketplace. When I look on Ebay or call about a bike in a want-ad, the greater percentage of the time I reject the purchase because the frame is too large rather than too small. I am 5'9" -- which is average height -- and I prefer a 58cm frame. Probability would suggest that over time I would discover an equal number of frames both larger and smaller but my guess is that its three or four to one that are too tall over too short.

My questions are these: In the 60's/70's was there a trend toward larger frames? Are more bicycle enthusiasts traditionally over 6' tall? Were shorter frames more likely to be ridden-to-death and trashed? Or. . . do you think this is a misperception on my part and there really are an equal number of frame sizes available out there if you look at the big picture.

Lastly, I have found the Masi,Confente, Medici, saga to be the most fascinating read I have ever encountered in any news group! I thank all who have contributed to this subject.

Erik Siverson