Type of Bike Frame for 200lb 6'3" body?

Type of Bike Frame for 200lb 6'3" body?

Post by JMERSING » Sat, 11 Nov 1995 04:00:00


I'm 200-205lbs and 6'3" tall with a 33 1/2" inseam.  What size frame
should I
look for with clipless pedals and what type of material should the frame
be made
(aluminum, steel, carbon....).  What type of wheels (rims and tires)?  I
guess I need 36 spokes for my weight.

Thanks for advice in advance.

JMersinger

 
 
 

Type of Bike Frame for 200lb 6'3" body?

Post by Mark Hick » Tue, 14 Nov 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

> I'm 200-205lbs and 6'3" tall with a 33 1/2" inseam.  What size frame
> should I
> look for with clipless pedals and what type of material should the frame
> be made
> (aluminum, steel, carbon....).  What type of wheels (rims and tires)?  I
> guess I need 36 spokes for my weight.

Guessing someone's frame size is difficult sight unseen.  That said,
assuming your 33 1/2" inseam is your *pants inseam*.......

I would guess that you would ride a 58-62 cm frame (a lot depends on the
bottom bracket height).  Pedals - any type.  Frame material - hoo boy.
There are perfectly good choices in each of the materials you name (but
for some reason you left out ti..;-)).  You should look for a frame that
is not overly flexible, because of the effects on climbing and handling.
The larger size frames will exhibit more flex problems than those us
"normal sized" people ride.  ;-)  

If you're going to do pre***ly triathlons, go with an aero section
rim - they are stonger in the vertical plane than a box section (but
ride a bit harsher due to the lack of vertical compliance).  I doubt that
you really need 36 spokes, but just a good wheelbuilder to build up a set
of properly tensioned 32 spoke wheels.  In fact, you might want to look
at the newer swaged spokes from Ritchey or Wheelsmith, since they tend to
be less likely to break than a straight gauge 14 (since spokes never break
in the middle - other than from damage or corrosion - and the extra
resilience will protect the elbow and shoulder of the spoke somewhat).
There are lots of good rims and tires that you could use - I would recommend
a tire at least 23mm wide, though.

If you want to send me some more details on your riding style, roads in
your area, preferences, budget, etc., I would be glad to give you more
concrete suggestions.....

Mark Hickey
Habanero Cycles