Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

52 cm/54cm LHT owners: How tall are you? How is it working out?

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

52 cm/54cm LHT owners: How tall are you? How is it working out?

Old 07-06-16, 01:24 PM
  #26  
alanps
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I am aware that this is an old thread, but since I'm in the process of trying to figure it out due to the lack of nearby bike shops, I posted a question and got an excellent answer. Thank you!

Will definitely go with the 54, I guess it should be plenty of top tube and standover.
I've never considered the 700c, 26 inch is what it will be.
alanps is offline  
Old 07-06-16, 02:02 PM
  #27  
dim
Senior Member
 
dim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Cambridge UK
Posts: 1,673

Bikes: Trek Emonda SL6 .... Miyata One Thousand

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 60 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I have a LHT and researched the internet long and hard before buying (I bought a new one)

many people say that you should buy a LHT one size smaller than what you normally ride. Reason being is that the geometry of a LHT is different, and that it's easier to handle when fully loaded

I followed the advice and can say that I am well pleased. Mine is so comfy, rides like a cadillac and I'm comfortable for very long all day rides .... I have a Gilles Berthoud Aravis saddle which helps aswell

and BTW, mine is a 50cm (I'm short... 5 foot 7) and it has 26 inch wheels and it's not slow ... I still have the standard tyres fitted

there is a google group for LHT bikes and many members let you ride their bikes so as to decide what fits best : https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/surlylht
dim is offline  
Old 07-06-16, 02:54 PM
  #28  
jonc123 
Ozark Hillbilly
 
jonc123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Show Me State
Posts: 681

Bikes: Long Haul Trucker

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 136 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
5' 10" (178cm), PBH 81 or so...193#

This is a 26" 54cm LHT, most would say it is too small. I added the spacers (60cm) over time which gave me an upright position. They say standover is unimportant, it is for me, I tour & commute and stop often. This setup allows me to be flatfooted on unlevel ground with 1-2" of room. Tops of bar 1.5"-2" above saddle. Thomson setback seatpost.

In the last picture my hands are on the hoods. I like to be upright as you can tell. I still have weight on my hands and do get some numbness but not very often. I am thicker on top.

If I went to flat bars I would go 56cm.






Last edited by jonc123; 07-06-16 at 03:07 PM.
jonc123 is offline  
Old 07-06-16, 08:54 PM
  #29  
Erick L
Lentement mais sûrement
 
Erick L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Montréal
Posts: 2,241
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 72 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm 174cm tall and ride a 52cm LHT fitted at the shop. Don't remember my PBH, maybe 82.
Erick L is offline  
Old 07-24-16, 05:52 AM
  #30  
Brett A
...
 
Brett A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: North-Central Mass
Posts: 76

Bikes: Many of different types

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I bought a LHDT this spring, and got it size of the road bike I've ridden for 20k miles over the past 10 years or-so, which is a 54cm Specialized Allez. I had had a professional fitting done before I bought the Allez.

I was able to transfer the fit measurements from the 54cm Allez to the 54cm Surly. I felt was essential as a starting point to get the Surly set up for all the hours I will spend on it. I'm glad I did. I want to adjust a bike to fit my body. I do not want to adjust my body to fit a bike.

Others take a different view, I know. But this was my approach and I'm very satisfied.
Brett A is offline  
Old 07-24-16, 06:46 PM
  #31  
Tourist in MSN
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 5,794

Bikes: 1961 Ideor, 1994 Bridgestone MB-6, 2006 Airnimal Joey, 2009 Thorn Sherpa, 2013 Thorn Nomad, 2015 VO Pass Hunter, 2017 Lynskey Backroad, 2017 Raleigh Gran Prix, Perfekt 3 Speed -age unknown, 1980s Bianchi Mixte on a trainer. Others are now gone.

Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1235 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 11 Times in 10 Posts
Originally Posted by courtesi View Post
I am in the process of figuring out what size frame I need some input on frame sizing. I am 5'11 and typically ride a 55cm frame. I am thinking about a 54cm frame but have read on here that they size rather large.

So I'd like to find out how tall you 52cm/54cm Long Haul Truckers are.
Are you using drop bars? Most LHT owners do, but a minority don't.

Originally Posted by SlowRoller View Post
In sizing the LHT, I wouldn't worry so much about seat-tube length as top tube length. I hear the LHT has a long reach. Typically, this has a narrower range of adjustability than the height of your saddle. So, find a frame size where you feel good in your reach, then you ought to be able to make the necessary adjustments in saddle height. Good luck!
Agree 100 percent. When I had a LHT, I probably should have had a 60cm if you judge by height, but I got a 58cm frame. Yet I still had a stem of only 80mm, if I had gotten a 60cm frame I would have had trouble finding a stem that would be short enough to fit right.

I am assuming the OP will use drop bars, if flat bars are used the top tube length for a LHT is even more critical.
Tourist in MSN is offline  
Old 07-24-16, 08:48 PM
  #32  
Robert C
Senior Member
 
Robert C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Kansas
Posts: 2,113

Bikes: This list got too long: several ‘bents, an urban utility e-bike, and a dahon D7 that my daughter has absconded with.

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 309 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
I am 5'6" and I generally ride a 52; but I was looking at LHT and the only thing there was for me to test ride was a 54. I didn't feel bad; but due to the conditions it was a very short test ride. The trouble I run into is there there are just not the smaller frames in the shops to test ride.

Yes, I was reading through this thread hoping to see some reports from other riders of my height.
Robert C is offline  
Old 07-25-16, 03:47 PM
  #33  
Brett A
...
 
Brett A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: North-Central Mass
Posts: 76

Bikes: Many of different types

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I see i didn't actually answer the OP's question back in post 30.

I'm 5' 10' with a 31-ish" inseam. My 54cm LHDT fits me as perfectly as my 54cm road bike. For me, getting a different size would have been a mistake.
Brett A is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
SpeedofLite
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
2
03-31-19 09:42 AM
Miloburnz
Classic & Vintage
20
06-25-18 10:29 AM
Balexander
General Cycling Discussion
0
08-16-11 06:31 PM
crushkilldstroy
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
4
06-05-06 09:48 PM
SSSasky
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
13
12-08-04 06:00 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.