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So, I'm 6'8". I have a 36" inseam, and wear a dress shirt with a 37" sleeve. I'm 220 lbs.

Is there a chart anywhere online showing bicycle geometry across brands, with data on 64cm-or-larger road frames?

  1. Going to a random local bicycle shop is nigh useless. They have a strong financial interest to sell a brand they already stock, so I need some data on brands to choose the right LBS.

  2. I know a custom builder can just do this, but that's not the question.

  • While you commented on a similar old question just now, unfortunately such questions aren't really suited for the stackexchange format: Voting to close under "Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve.". – Batman Jan 1 '15 at 4:04
  • That being said, your profile says you're in Pittsburgh, PA. Its a major city, so I'd expect you can find a decent bike shop to work with you on this. – Batman Jan 1 '15 at 4:05
  • I just explained, in the question, why starting with a specific bike shop... usually stinks. :-) In Pittsburgh, Big Bang Bikes was terrific, and helped me with my last bike. I've since moved to Silicon Valley, where every shop has enough business that, well, I don't trust any of them yet. – Dean J Jan 1 '15 at 5:05
  • And I can't imagine that the answer would obsolete quickly here. One example is that Surly bikes tend to have longer top tubes; while a specific "this bike" will obsolete quickly, the question is "which manufacturers have geometry suitable to a tall guy with a long torso", and manufacturers don't seem to change geometry in any major way over time. Seem reasonable? – Dean J Jan 1 '15 at 5:07
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    @DeanJ I have voted to close this question in it's current form; I think deep down it's a valuable question so I encourage you edit so that it's closer to the question that Davorin Ruševljan has answered - something like "How to obtain a bike that is outside off-the-shelf size ranges". Perhaps also a post to Bicycles Meta could give you help to avoid closure. – andy256 Jan 2 '15 at 5:25
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Found this chart, of various models of bike stack height vs reach; this pretty much tells me what I should go look for, and which manufacturers - if any - have a probable fit.

http://cyclingabout.com/list-of-xxl-xxxl-bikes-for-tall-cyclists-62-63-64cm/

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You may consider contracting some custom frame builder, if you shop around you could get custom frame set in range of $2k maybe less, which would leave you $1k for rest of the bike . A quick google search showed some builders even locally in Pittsbourgh, although it is often not necessary that they are located in the same town.

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  • Just updated my profile; I'm in Mountain View, CA now. Would a custom frame in the $2k range be good/great/terrific/acceptable/bad? I don't really have a feel for it, honestly. – Dean J Jan 1 '15 at 18:20
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    I do not own one, and it can vary from builder to builder, but I would expect it to be of better quality than any mass produced one. And it would be built to your proportions. – Davorin Ruševljan Jan 1 '15 at 21:43
  • I thought about custom also, and while it can be done for $3K total, it won't be very light. Almost certainly it will be steel, not super-high end of course, and perhaps not as stiff as what's being mass produced these days. It's worth considering, but it will be quite a different bike than a typical modern "road bike." – John Zwinck Jan 2 '15 at 0:22
  • @JohnZwinck What's the bottom-end of a custom cost to compete with a stock road bike that cost $2500 new, today? – Dean J Jan 2 '15 at 2:38
  • @DeanJ: It depends what you mean by "compete." In flat-ground speed (aero)? In climbing speed (weight)? In looks? In durability? In credit-card touring? In resale value? I don't mean to be difficult, I'm honestly not sure what your priorities are beyond "road bike"...and I think on average that people who buy pure road bikes tend to value things that are easily found on mass-produced bikes (perhaps because that's what the marketing people want us to do!). – John Zwinck Jan 2 '15 at 4:24

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