In a message dated 9/11/02 3:20:06 PM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< Sterling Peters wrote: > > Hilary and Brandon have hit the mark. I have a 86cm inseam and just have > never FELT COMFORTABLE on cranks longer than 170mm. I have 172.5mm on my De > Rosa and it just does not FEEL right to ME. I'm giving serious consideration > to 165mm , I have a few sets around here , TA and Campy Pista. I'm going to > give them a try.
I'm the opposite: I ride 165, 170, 172.5 and 175 mm cranks on my different bikes and it's all good! (5' 10", saddle top at 75cm from center of BB)
Chuck Schmidt SoPas, SoCal >>
Here we go. I'm 6'2". 170s have always felt way too cramped to me. 165s on a
track bike are worse. I've been riding 175s for a long time and they feel
great, even on the track. I also ride 177.5s well. I borrowed some 180s and
they felt swell for about 3 days, and then all I could feel was I was
pedaling squares. They had to go and I found the max length that works for
me. I'm looking forward to using some 172.5s I got recently. My own
experience is that it seems I can go 2.5mm in a direction and not feel the
need to "retrain". If I go 5mm different from my main length, I either need
to ride into it and/or it still doesn't feel right, or don't do it and stick
to the 2.5 increment from my central length. I think if the 172.5s work for
me, I can still go from those to the 177.5s and be fine. 83cm from bb center
to top of saddle.