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    Stem and top tube length.

    After using the Competitive Cyclist and Wrench Science fit calculator, apparently my top tube is 2 cm too long, and my stem is about 1 cm too long, yet the front hub is still visible in front of the handlebars, and I don't feel too stretched out.

    I've included a photo of my Aunt; she's complaining of the same problem.
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    Reach/drop is more preference oriented than saddle fit. I would disregard the online fit calculator.

    I like my bikes longer because I feel like I sprint better. But everyone has their preferences one way or another...

    BTW, your aunt is hawt.
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    My original stem is 100mm 7 degree. I changed it to 70mm 25 degree after BG Fit. The bike doesn't looks good with short stem but I feel very comfortable now.

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    The funny thing is, I have in front of me an order form for a Proctor Townsend frame (from about 1987) that the bike shop did measure me for back then, and the overall reach is only .5 cm less than my current bike. They recommended a 54 cm frame (c-c), a 55 cm top tube, and a 13 cm stem. Too bad I couldn't swing that deal after all.

    I've read several posts where people thought the fit calculator results were too aggressive, but Competitive Cyclist's most aggressive fit for me would give a 54 cm top tube, and an 11 cm stem; I think I would find this too bunched up. Oh yeah, they also recommended a little less setback than I use.

    I realize that just because I'm used to this doesn't make it right either.

    The photo, BTW, was a little joke to indicate just one example of why the front hub hidden by handlebar guide might not be accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorit View Post
    The photo, BTW, was a little joke to indicate just one example of why the front hub hidden by handlebar guide might not be accurate.
    But it IS accurate! I just depends on how how many neck rings you have.
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