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Falling off the bicycle would be far more dangerous when the frame is too large. Especially if you ride on ice, cross-country, or use clipless pedals. You posture also should be grossly wrong given the stated size difference.


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The most important measurement is top tube length or how „stretched“ your position is. One can try to compensate with stem length. (I dont have any problems with reaching ground with my feet when I stop) That’s not necessary and actually often a sign for a too low saddle. Saddle height is usually not limited by frame size, unless you have very short or ...


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That frame really is considerably too large. If at all possible the best bet would be to ask to exchange for a smaller size. Many companies now offer 30 day return policies for bikes that have not been used beyond a short test ride. In terms of fitting problems, the most likely areas to be effected will be the lower back, shoulders, neck, triceps and ...


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Let me contradict some of the other answers here. Weight is not going to make a lot of difference to your speed or endurance, so just ignore it. If you don't believe me, try the following experiment: Pack a 500g weight (about a pound) somewhere that you can comforetably carry it (e.g. in a backpack, or around your waist). Go on a few rides and measure ...


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I just switched to a road bike from a hybrid. On my first time out commuting into work this morning I arrived in 32 mins as opposed to 37 previously. Weight is a big issue. Newton's 2nd law F= ma or acceleration = Force / mass, so if your bike is twice as heavy then it will take twice as much effort to get up to a given speed. Then you have resistance, ...



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