Photo by Joe Montana
Finding the right bike is exciting. The world is your oyster but first you have to decide what kind of bike is right for you. Do you need a sturdy touring frame, light road bike, svelte single speed, or a casual cruiser? Not since your “experimental” phase in college have you felt so free to define who you are. This bike is going to change your life and you know it. Well, that is unless you are tall. Very, very tall. In that case, with a snap, the oyster closes and you hear yourself asking your bike mechanic: “Which of these bikes are available in a 62 cm frame and how long will it take to special order it? Oh. Only in brown? Ok fine.” Your choices are limited, you’re tall and you need a bike.
I live in San Francisco, CA and my bike of choice for the past two years has been a Fuji Feather. It’s amazing, light and fast. But it’s not that great for long rides. I’m 6’6” with a 37-inch inseam and a regularif-not-short torso. Help! I need a versatile road bike that will take me on the occasional long ride. To see what options exist, I stopped by American Cyclery where they built up a beautiful 62 cm Raleigh Clubman for me to test. The question remains: Is this the right bike for me?
Over the next several months I’ll be reviewing several bikes trying to find suitable options for people with a 37-inch inseam like mine.
Find my first review here: The Raleigh Clubman
Chris Schroeder has lived in the Bay area for 10 years and has developed a penchant for bikes, plants, coffee, design and bags – but not in that order. He lives in a tall San Francisco apartment with a small fluffy cat, two bikes and is still on the hunt for the perfect tall ride. you can follow him on Instagram and Twitter as @reallytallchris