Help-Usual crank lengths in France

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Help-Usual crank lengths in France

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:08 pm

I will shortly have a heap of newbs riding around parts of France and they will be using pre-arranged hire bikes.

An issue for some of our short and aging riders is the length of the cranks. Some have short legs, old knees, etc.

In Oz most basic bike come fitted with 170 or 175mm cranks regardless of the frame size. (Totally stupid and makes a mockery of shops providing custom fitting services when the first thing that should be right is the fundamental geometry related hardware. End of rant.)

Anyway, has anyone noticed if, in France (or Europe generally) boring everyday bikes as you would get from a hirer are fitted out similarly stupidly? It would be great if they went down to lengths appropriate to the frame size. I would certainly like to know. It is hard to plan activites if we don't know until we get there.
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Re: Help-Usual crank lengths in France

Postby Warin » Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:24 am

If the riders know what frame size and crank lengths (and possibly seat heights) they want .. then send the information to the hire firm. See what they say? Cannot blame them if they have no information. And if they have it well before you arrive they may have it done when you arrive, rather than after.

[edit] Just seen your other post ... ummm as they have no recent experience ... you may have to 'fit' them yourself and go with what you find. As they'll probably not spend much time on the bikes (more coffee?, cake? yum! :D ) it may not be much of a problem? [/edit]

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