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Nov. 23, 2022, 10:52 a.m. -  Mike Ferrentino

Somewhere between 5'9" and 5'10", relatively short inseam, long torso and long arms. I've always sized up on bikes because of that, but the past few years of increasingly longer bikes have me rethinking this approach. However, when I do size down, even on newskool bikes, I feel sorta cramped on them. I was taken aback by the reach numbers of a lot of bikes lately, but then when I realized that they were on bikes with 76-77 or steeper degree seat angles, and that these super steep seat angles necessitate long reaches to keep the relative top tube length, ummm, relative, things sort of started to make sense. Definitely been going through a learning curve of trying to emphatically get my weight forward when cornering, trying to deprogram 30 years of rear-bias survival reflexes due to steep and sketchy bikes and at the same time learn to trust modern tires and forks.

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