What Size Bicycle Frame Do You Have?

By Darren Alff

What size bicycle frame do you have?

What size bicycle frame do you have?

Bike frames come in all sorts of different shapes, designs, and colors… but they also come in a number of different sizes.

My friend, Josh, for example (pictured above and on the cover of Bicycle Touring: The Movie) is nearly 6 feet 5 inches tall (or 1.95 meters) and because he is so tall, he requires a much larger bicycle frame than most other cyclists.

During your search for a touring bicycle… or a bicycle of any kind, you’re likely to discover that bicycle frames come in a number of different sizes… and depending on the company you purchase your bicycle through, you may see the size of your frame depicted in centimeters (such as 52, 54, or 56 cm) or in general sizes (such as Small, Medium and Large).

Just out of curiosity, what size bicycle frame do you have on your bike? Leave a comment below and let me know 1) how tall you are… and 2) what size bicycle frame do you have.

For example: I’m 6 foot 1 inch… and I ride a 56cm touring bike.


  1. James Atkinson

    July 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I am 6′ 4″ and ride a 26″ Schwinn Voyageur from 1988. Largest Voyageur Schwinn produced that year. Obviously been working fine for me for 23 years, but I wish it were just a bit larger.

  2. Joseph Ramirez

    July 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I’m 5’10” and ride an 18″ MTB frame. It’s a little tall for offroad use, but just right for camping/touring on light trails and roads.

  3. tom

    July 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I’m 6’5″ and ride a 22.5″ trek hardtail with 26″ tires.

  4. Tracey

    July 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I’m 5’8″ and I ride a touring bike with a Large – 19′, 48cm frame, and 29″ tires.

  5. Alex

    July 8, 2011 at 4:47 am

    6′ 56 cm bike

  6. Statrixbob

    July 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I’m 6′ 1″ and ride a 66cm Rivendell Quickbeam (admittedly not a touring bike though I have used it for multi-day camping with lots of gear). It’s not my height that really determined my frame size but my PBH (pubic bone height). My PBH is 95cm which means I’ve got long legs. I could be 6’1″ with a very different PBH and that could easily mean a smaller frame.

    And in case anyone asks: yes, I can stand over the top tube in comfort.

    I also ride a Bike Friday NWT which has the same basic cockpit dimensions as my QB but I’ll be darned if I know what size it is. 🙂

  7. Michael

    July 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I’m 5′ 9 1/2″ and ride a 19″ frame 700c bike. My leg length rather than my height dictates the frame size.

  8. Michael

    July 19, 2011 at 6:11 am

    5’10”, with 54cm Dolan Preffisio. For a bit more comfort I have the stem in a relaxed position, but still looks like a road bike.

  9. Markku

    July 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    6′-3″ ride 65cm or 25 3/i8″ frames. Depends on the frames…..have ’78 Schwinn Volare’ 25″ Reynolds 531 frame, an 84 Schwinn Voyageur that is a 25″ Columbus tubing frame.and a 92 Eisenraut 65cm.

  10. annie

    August 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    i’m only 5’10 but i now ride a 57 cm frame. i agree with statrixbob- it’s not about height- more about ratios!

  11. ck

    May 2, 2012 at 8:12 am

    i’m about 6’1 tall with 115kg weight and i just bought a 17″ MTB . Do i need to change my frame size even i’ve already change a longer seat pose ?

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