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    Cool-blue Rhythm Sizing a Cannondale street and/or cyclocross bike

    I don't know of any good road bike sites so maybe someone here can help out a bit.

    I've got an old early 90's cannondale street bike that I've had since I was much smaller and want to update to a newer yet used model.

    What size would you recommend for a 6'0" (or 6'1" depending on who I'm talking to) 170 lb. casual rider?

    I'm also looking into different brands like trek even though the ones I saw at a local shop hade made in taiwan stickers (apparently the harley/walmart model of production is more popular than I thought)?

    Also thinking about getting a cyclocross bike instead of a straight street. Anyone can point me in the right direction I'd be very happy.
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    Are you happy with the tt length on the old ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by paumcd
    I don't know of any good road bike sites so maybe someone here can help out a bit.

    I've got an old early 90's cannondale street bike that I've had since I was much smaller and want to update to a newer yet used model.

    What size would you recommend for a 6'0" (or 6'1" depending on who I'm talking to) 170 lb. casual rider?

    I'm also looking into different brands like trek even though the ones I saw at a local shop hade made in taiwan stickers (apparently the harley/walmart model of production is more popular than I thought)?

    Also thinking about getting a cyclocross bike instead of a straight street. Anyone can point me in the right direction I'd be very happy.
    Thx
    What is your inseam? Are you planning on keeping the new bike for many years? If so, go to a good shop with a fit specialist and do a work up. This service may cost $100 or so, but is very intensive. Some shops will take the price of the fit off of the bike price if you buy from them. Some shops, like the one I work for, offer a quick fit for free with a new road bike purchase. (less detailed)
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    Quote Originally Posted by paumcd
    I don't know of any good road bike sites so maybe someone here can help out a bit.

    I've got an old early 90's cannondale street bike that I've had since I was much smaller and want to update to a newer yet used model.

    What size would you recommend for a 6'0" (or 6'1" depending on who I'm talking to) 170 lb. casual rider?

    I'm also looking into different brands like trek even though the ones I saw at a local shop hade made in taiwan stickers (apparently the harley/walmart model of production is more popular than I thought)?

    Also thinking about getting a cyclocross bike instead of a straight street. Anyone can point me in the right direction I'd be very happy.
    Thx
    As Damion said, the only way to be sure is either getting fit by a good shop, or lots of personal experience gained from years of trial and error. That said, based on my personal experience, I'd guess that you'd be in the 56 - 58 cm range. But sizes can vary quite a bit with road bikes. For instance a 55cm LeMond will be the same size as a 58cm Trek. And for the record, last I knew anyway, only the entry level Trek 1000 was made in Taiwan. Also, don't confuse good quality Taiwaneese (sp?) made frames with the rubbish they sell at Wal-Mart. The quality of frames coming out of Taiwan these days is top notch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paumcd
    I don't know of any good road bike sites so maybe someone here can help out a bit.

    I've got an old early 90's cannondale street bike that I've had since I was much smaller and want to update to a newer yet used model.

    What size would you recommend for a 6'0" (or 6'1" depending on who I'm talking to) 170 lb. casual rider?

    I'm also looking into different brands like trek even though the ones I saw at a local shop hade made in taiwan stickers (apparently the harley/walmart model of production is more popular than I thought)?

    Also thinking about getting a cyclocross bike instead of a straight street. Anyone can point me in the right direction I'd be very happy.
    Thx

    I have a 60 cm Cannodale Black Lightning. I am 6'1 and 215#. I think it fits perfectly, I bought it new in 1989 and. I ride it about 1500 miles a year. The winter months I ride a Large 1997 Super Vee 500 mtb offroad only, I think it is a tad small, always wished I had gotten the XL.

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    What he said, and

    Quote Originally Posted by jcw
    As Damion said, the only way to be sure is either getting fit by a good shop, or lots of personal experience gained from years of trial and error. That said, based on my personal experience, I'd guess that you'd be in the 56 - 58 cm range. But sizes can vary quite a bit with road bikes. For instance a 55cm LeMond will be the same size as a 58cm Trek. And for the record, last I knew anyway, only the entry level Trek 1000 was made in Taiwan. Also, don't confuse good quality Taiwaneese (sp?) made frames with the rubbish they sell at Wal-Mart. The quality of frames coming out of Taiwan these days is top notch.
    I say about a 58 also, but different manufacturers fit differently. Currently, I think all Treks other than the carbon models are made overseas, but I may be wrong on that one. I will check it out.
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    One other thing...

    Quote Originally Posted by jcw
    As Damion said, the only way to be sure is either getting fit by a good shop, or lots of personal experience gained from years of trial and error. That said, based on my personal experience, I'd guess that you'd be in the 56 - 58 cm range. But sizes can vary quite a bit with road bikes. For instance a 55cm LeMond will be the same size as a 58cm Trek. And for the record, last I knew anyway, only the entry level Trek 1000 was made in Taiwan. Also, don't confuse good quality Taiwaneese (sp?) made frames with the rubbish they sell at Wal-Mart. The quality of frames coming out of Taiwan these days is top notch.
    The rule of thumb for cyclo-cross bikes is one size smaller than your normal road size. This is due to the higher BB on cyclo-cross - gotta maintain decent standover clearance.
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