Perfect Bike Fit

Buying a used bike on the internet without taking a test ride might seem scary or even foolish to some people, but it doesn’t have to be. The greatest concern people typically have is “will it fit me?” To help you answer that question, here is your official guide to buying the right size bike on eBay.

One of the biggest determinants of whether a bike fits or doesn’t is the standover height. Standover is pretty basic — you standover the bike and see how much room there is between your crotch and the top tube of the frame. Most bikes online state their standover height, on eBay, many sellers don’t list this measurement, but you can send them a message asking them to. The distance between your inseam and the standover height should fall within one to two inches.

For example, if you have an inseam of 30″, and you’re buying a mountain, urban/commuting or touring bike, you will want a standover height between 25″ and 28″, depending on how aggressively you ride. For a road bike, your preferred standover height would be 28″ or 29″. For a city bike, the right standover height would be in the vicinity of 27″ or 28″.

To measure your inseam:

  • Get a hardbound book a tape measure and a pencil.>
  • Stand against a wall.
  • Wear the shoes you’ll be wearing when you ride.
  • Wedge the book between your legs, with the book’s spine parallel to the floor while against your crotch.
  • Have a friend measure from the top of the book to the floor —this is your inseam measurement.

This is a general rule to get a bike frame that fits your body. Bike components are adjustable to dial in the fit even closer. For example, the seat post can be raised or lowered and the bike’s stem can be exchanged for a longer or shorter one depending on your arm length. Buying a used bike on eBay doesn’t have to be a scary ordeal, you can make it easier by knowing the right size bike you need and buying one that matches these measurements.
If you have prior experience riding, take note of the size bike you have and how it feels.

  • Feel too stretched out? You might need a new stem or get a frame with a shorter top tube.
  • Is the seat down as far as possible and you still feel too high? You’re frame is too big, go one or two sizes down.
  • Handlebars too wide or narrow? Measure them and then make a note of what size handlebars are on the new bike you’re looking at.

You can also test ride a bike at a local bike shop or REI. Or, borrow a friend’s bike for the day that is similar in height to you and note what you like and what you don’t like.

Trek Police Bike 16.5 Frame Shimano Deore 21 Speed Bicycle

$149.00
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TREK MODEL 560 12 SPEED BIKE WITH STEEL FRAME BLACK IN COLOR - GOOD CONDITION

$150.00
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24" Adult Tricycle 3-Wheel 6 Speed Bicycle Trike Backrest Cruiser Basket Riding

$210.00
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Kona Kahuna Deluxe, Used, 29er Mountain Bike, Shimano Deore, WTB, FSA

$900.00
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Iron Horse Sunday Downhill Mountain Bike Large Frame

$575.00
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Kestrel Legend Road Bike 55cm

$800.00
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Trek 7.3 FX Hybrid Bicycle

$224.99
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Breadwinner Lolo Bicycle 58 Campagnolo Record

$2,000.00 (1 Bid)
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Specialized Road Bike 54cm

$339.37 (1 Bid)
End Date: Thursday Nov-23-2017 18:13:36 PST
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USED X-Large 57cm Look 675 Road Bike Ultegra 11spd Compact 50/34t no wheels

$500.00 (1 Bid)
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Specialized Fatboy SE Fat Bike 2017 Men's Medium Charcoal/Black

$710.00 (2 Bids)
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VERY COOL VINTAGE SCHWINN BIKE. Sport Collegiate Schwinn bicycle.

$125.00
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Specialized Roubaix Pro bicycle

$500.00 (0 Bids)
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giant road bike medium frame

$200.00
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GT Lotto Team Road Bike - Full Dura Ace 56cm

$650.00
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Trek 1.2 Road Bike

$199.00 (0 Bids)
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Used Boys bike no training wheels

$0.01 (1 Bid)
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1986 SPECIALIZED Sirrus chromoly vintage road bike

$345.00
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2006 Cannondale Optimo Aluminum Road Bike (50cm) - Very Good Condition.

$237.48 (1 Bid)
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Felt Float 3-Speed Fat Tire Bike

$100.00 (1 Bid)
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2010 Scott CR1 Team Carbon Road Bike (49cm) - Excellent Condition

$415.00 (7 Bids)
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55cm Schwinn Prologue Tange Prestige road race bicycle frame set

$349.99
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Guru Geneo Bicycle 54cm Ultegra Campagnolo Wheels

$719.75 (0 Bids)
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2016 Mekk Poggio SE 0.4 Carbon Road Bike

$499.00 (0 Bids)
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HARO 20 INCH BIKE (BLACK) 

$40.00
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