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Thread: Looking to "try on" a Caterham in SF Bay Area

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    Default Looking to "try on" a Caterham in SF Bay Area

    Hello,
    I'm in Oakland, CA and was wondering if there's anyone nearby who would be willing to let me see how I fit in a Caterham. I'm getting serious about purchasing one, but it dawned on me, I need to see if I fit! I'm 6' and 32" inseam, which I think will work, but I have wide feet.

    I'm happy to trade a ride in my M37, which is likely the total opposite of the 7!

    Thanks,

    Andy

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    Hello, I can't particularly help car-wise but can still contribute to the conversation.

    Have you narrowed down your window to SV vs S3 or open to either until trying?

    Many people, even if they can squeeze into an S3 still prefer the SV dimensions and breathing room.
    2001 Caterham Superlight R

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    I'm not particular, SV or S3 is fine.

    If I fit OK in a S3 that would help make finding a suitable car easier !

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    Try asking on the California Caterham Club http://californiacaterhamclub.com/chat/index.php?
    2006 Caterham 7 SVT(sold)

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    For most people, height isn't an issue when fitting into a Caterham, it's their width. A good diet and regular exercise means an S3 could work for you. A few too many biscuits or gummi bears and you won't have a chance.
    2012 CSR 260, registered as a 1966 Super 7

    Still in the massive grin stage. Damn bugs!

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    Thanks All,
    I'll check out the California Caterham Club site.

    Width shouldn't be an issue, I'm skinny. I'm most worried about fitting my wide feet in the pedal box.

    Andy

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    Andy, I just purchased a 2004 Caterham Superlight 300r last week and the toe box is rather small compared to my Brunton Stalker Classic. However, I ordered a pair of Simpson high-top racing shoes from Summit Racing that make my feet narrower in profile and they fit fine. I can also use slip on narrow canvas Crocs. Bob
    Last edited by Astro Bob; 07-02-2018 at 07:06 PM.

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    Thanks to one of the USA7s members I was able not only to see if I fit in a Caterham S3, I was given some very helpful insights into Caterham ownership, and I was treated to a blast around the neighborhood. Cant' beat that !

    As far at the car portion of the visit, I will fit in a S3, as long as I wear narrow shoes. I really enjoyed the Caterham and it was great to get a "data point" of a stock S3/de Dion/Kent Caterham.

    Now the car hunting starts...

    Thanks David...I think!

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    Hi Andy,
    It was fun getting together, I'm looking forward to hearing about your search.

    -David

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