The Complete Guide To Bike Frame Sizes For Men



For mortals looking to go fast, descend confidently, and brake safely, here’s a line-up of beloved and favorite bike frames models—all of which deliver a solid balance of speed, stability and control. Some are selected with the most avid of cyclists in mind while some cheaper options are for those who just need reliable wheels to get them to work, the park, or wherever their next adventure takes them.

1) Superteam Full Carbon Fiber Cycling 700c Colored Frame | 2) State Bicycle 6061 Black Label Frame | 3) Habanero Titanium Cyclocross Frame | 4) 20″ Lowrider Frame Metallic/Green | 5) ICAN Full Carbon Cyclocross Frame | 6) State Bicycle Co Fixed Gear Fixie Chromoly Frame | 7) 26″ Beach Cruisers Bike Frame | 8) State Bicycle Co. Fixed Gear 6061 Black Label Frame | 9) ICAN 27.5ER Carbon Fiber All Mountain Bike Suspension Frame | 10) ICAN 26er Carbon Fat Tire Snow Bike Fatbike Frameset | 11) ICAN 26er Carbon Fat Bike Frame 17/19 | 12) Origin8 Fix8 Track Frameset | 13) State Bicycle Co. Fixed Gear 6061 Black Label Frame | 14) IMUST Carbon Fat Bike Full Suspension Frame | 15) CFG Cycle Force Cro-mo MTB 26 Frame | 16) Winicebikes Aero Road Bicycle Frameset | 17) ICAN Full Carbon Aero Road Bicycle Frame | 18) ICAN 26er Carbon Fat Tire Bike Frame | 19) ICAN 27.5 Plus Carbon Suspension Trial Bike Frame | 20) Eastern Bikes Journey Frame | 21) Venzo RAPTOR Mountain Bike Hard Tail Frame | 22) Rare 19″ K2 Attack 2.0 Bike Frame | 23) State Bicycle Black Label 6061 Aluminum Frame | 24) Pure Fix Original Fixed Gear Bike Frame Set | 25) ICAN Aero 700c Carbon Road Bike Frameset | 26) 20in Lowrider Steel Frame | 27) ICAN 26er Carbon Fat Tire Snow Bike Frame | 28) Pure Fix Keirin Pro Track 6061 Aluminum Bike Frameset | 29) SkyHawk Aluminum Bicycle Frame | 30) Winicebikes Super Light Weight Carbon Road Frameset | 31) VeloVie Veloce 100 Carbon Axis Triathlon/TT Bicycle Frame | 32) BEIOU 3k Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike Frame |

Buying A Bicycle Online

When it comes to buying a bike its important that the bike meets your needs. One of the most crucial factors is the size of the frame. eBay has a vast range of bikes and this guide will help you know what information you need to look for and what if anything you may need to ask the seller before you decide to purchase.

This guide will explain how to asses the correct frame size for you based on your height and other factors. Broadly speaking bikes fall into 1 of 3 categories.

Road bikes

These are slim, lightweight bikes designed for speed. They are popular with commuters and racers, they can range from basic models up to top of the range time trial bikes precision engineered to be as light and fast as possible. The saddle is high and the handlebars are lower, the resulting riding position encourages you to hunch over the handlebars to use your stronger gluteus muscles and to reduce wind resistance.

Mountain bikes

These are designed for going up and down mountains. They have thick wheels and shock absorbers. They are very sturdy and are built to be durable though not especially light or fast. Typically these are popular with enthusiasts although a lot of affordable mountain bikes are often used to commute as well simply because they last.

Hybrid bikes

These are a mix of the two. They are similar to racing bikes but with thicker wheels and normally stronger but heavier frames, built for on and off road journeys. They wouldn’t be suitable for extreme downhill biking but they would be excellent if you want to take a cycle trip, which includes some off road elements. They are also popular commuting bikes.

There are other more specialised kinds of bikes available such as BMX or Time Trial but these will be covered later on in our size guide.

Advantages Of Cycling

Cycling is both efficient and a fun method of transport, especially for short or medium length journeys. Using a bicycle instead of motor transport provides you with exercise, reduces the use of fossil fuels and enables you to take routes, which would be inaccessible in a car or using public transport.

Bicycles are also much easier and more convenient to park although you will require a good bike lock. Cycling benefits your health as well as reducing your carbon footprint.

Selecting The Correct Frame Size

Bikes are available in a range of different frame sizes. When making an online purchase through a retailer such as eBay, the product will probably not be possible to see in person, so ensure that you pick the correct frame size to match your body for a much more comfortable and efficient ride.

The most important factors when choosing frame size are the type of bike in question, the height and body shape of the rider and finally what feels comfortable.

How Bike Frames Are Measured

The frame size measurement is the most important indicator of a bike’s size. The standard definition of this figure is the measurement from the bottom bracket (the locus of the pedals) up to the collar of the seat tube.

Bear in mind however, that a few manufacturers will measure from where the top tube and the seat tube join which will give a slightly different value. If in doubt you can always ask the buyer directly to confirm the frame size and ask how they are measuring.

It is conventional for the frame size of road bikes to be measured in centimetres and the size of hybrid or off road bikes to be given in inches. A few manufacturers will simply give standardised sizes like S, M, and L. If this is the case then match the size of frame to the size of clothing you generally wear, but don’t be afraid to ask the seller to measure the frame size.

The frame size tells you the length of the frame tube however the whole bike will be in proportion, so bigger bikes won’t just have a higher saddle but the handlebars will be further from the saddle etc. For this reason it can be dangerous to buy a bike which is out of proportion to the rider’s body.

See the tables below to help determine which frame size is required.

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