I'm 6' 3" long, having 45 inches of waist-Toe length. I bought Trek 3500, 19.5" sized frame bicycle two months ago. I've been experimenting with the handlebar and seat positions(Forward n Backward) to achieve comfort,to avoid stress in the back and shoulders,since the purchase.I'm riding it,with the seat post touching the minimum insertion mark already. But i couldn't achieve it yet. Please help me out in this, Bike is my mode of transport as well as i take long rides of 40-60 Kms seldom(Once or twice in a week). Should i ride this bicycle or upgrade to 21" bike. Help me here!

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    1) 19.5" sounds small for someone who's 6'3". 2) You can get a longer seat post (up to a point). Sep 11, 2012 at 18:43
  • Thanks bro, is longer seat post enough to achieve riding comfort? Because handlebar stays at the same position(i.e. at the max position right now). At first, even in the long rides, i dint feel discomfort. I'm facing it after two months. Anyway, i'll get longer seat post as you suggested and will try it.
    – Venkat
    Sep 14, 2012 at 1:52
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    In my opinion most handlebars are too low from the factory to begin with and should (almost) always have an extension installed at the bike shop. This is one major reason why about 80% of bikes are never ridden more than 100 miles. Sep 14, 2012 at 23:11
  • A good Idea Boss.! :) I'll try to bring modification in that way now. I think it's gonna give a lot of change. Then i'll post my experience after changing it. Thank you.
    – Venkat
    Sep 15, 2012 at 22:06
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    Possible duplicate of What is the recommended procedure for adjusting the fit of my bike?
    – zenbike
    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:56

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I'm 6'2" and my Giant XTC 29er XL (22") fits me perfectly. I would definitely upgrade. There's more to the geometry than just the height of the saddle that could affect the way your body fits (or contorts to) the frame.

  • Yeah bro, you are right! If it is inevitable to upgrade then i would definitely do that...!! Thanks for the opinion bro.
    – Venkat
    Sep 14, 2012 at 1:54
  • I'm also upgrading my bike to Gary Fisher 29er Wahoo(21") by Trek. I think it would be an awesome bike. What do u say?
    – Venkat
    Sep 20, 2012 at 15:00
  • A friend has one and seems content with the purchase. That size will fit you a lot better.
    – ow3n
    Sep 20, 2012 at 15:51

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