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 triathlon bike, Dura Ace used 52cm

$445.00 (17 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Apr-21-2018 12:02:03 PDT
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2012 Specialized Allez Compact Road Bike, Size 54, In Excellent Condition

$225.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Apr-25-2018 16:12:42 PDT
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Bike 2016 Cannondale Hybrid SMALL (for 5ft 1 inch) Hardly used.

$290.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Saturday Apr-21-2018 7:53:55 PDT
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VINTAGE MONDONICO ROAD BIKE

$600.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Apr-21-2018 7:31:07 PDT
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Used Marin 24 speed Hybrid Bike

$250.00
End Date: Wednesday May-16-2018 13:58:26 PDT
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Touring bike: REI Novara Randonee [Randonneur] 24 spd Brifters, VG + condition!

$425.00
End Date: Friday Apr-27-2018 19:46:23 PDT
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Used Yellow Beach Cruiser Bike

$41.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Apr-21-2018 12:41:51 PDT
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2016 SPECIALIZED ALLEZ SPORT 52 CM ROAD BIKE      HARDLY USED, NO SCRATCHES,

$525.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Apr-27-2018 11:06:57 PDT
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2015 Scott Solace 30 Carbon Road Bike Small 52cm Retail $2150

$8.50 (6 Bids)
End Date: Friday Apr-27-2018 16:50:42 PDT
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Vicious Cycles Jewel Handmade Custom mountain bike bicycle

$450.00
End Date: Sunday May-20-2018 12:03:07 PDT
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Moser steel road bike, used 54cm

$200.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Apr-21-2018 12:34:03 PDT
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Strider Balance Bike Orange Used

$37.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Apr-22-2018 13:04:43 PDT
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Yellow Softride Classic TT Bicycle, Slightly Used Condition

$242.50 (29 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Apr-21-2018 11:52:20 PDT
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Red Bull (painted 661 Comp) Mountain Bike Helmet sz M used

$50.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Apr-27-2018 21:14:48 PDT
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trek crockett 5 Cyclocross Or Gravel Bike

$6.05 (3 Bids)
End Date: Friday Apr-27-2018 16:40:05 PDT
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Used Gary Fisher Katai 17.5" Mountain Bike Shimano Made in USA Aluminum

$135.00
End Date: Tuesday Apr-24-2018 16:33:11 PDT
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60 cm Trek Carbon 2300 Road Bike Shimano 600 components

$250.00
End Date: Sunday May-20-2018 14:24:34 PDT
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Cervelo P2C Time Trial Triathlon Bike 51cm Carbon Shimano Dura Ace, used

$430.25 (10 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Apr-21-2018 12:05:23 PDT
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Giant ATX 970 Mountain Bike Bicycle Used Very Little Nice Shape Vintage Racing

$150.00
End Date: Wednesday May-16-2018 9:46:39 PDT
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1994 Specialized Epic Comp Carbon Fiber 54cm Road Bike Shimano 105

$425.00
End Date: Sunday May-20-2018 18:39:13 PDT
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kids Lighting Mcqeen bike 12 inch slightly used training wheels included

$30.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Apr-27-2018 8:54:44 PDT
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2015 Trek Crockett 7 Cyclocross CX Bike 58cm Aluminum Carbon Fork Sram Canti

$849.99
End Date: Sunday May-20-2018 13:30:36 PDT
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Cervelo Soloist Road/Tri Bike 54cm

$500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Apr-27-2018 17:12:14 PDT
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2012 Felt F85 Road Bike

$450.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Apr-27-2018 9:42:20 PDT
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Zinn Titanium Track Bike With Frame And Fork

$17.57 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Apr-24-2018 5:08:11 PDT
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