Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Bikes: 84 Trek 660 Suntour Superbe; 87 Giant Rincon Shimano XT; 07 Mercian Vincitore Campy Veloce
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I can't see any rack bosses on any of the bikes, but that may be my computer screen...yes is a high resolution LCD.
I've seen cantilever bosses on cross bikes, and I've seen cross bikes without the bosses. But looking at the seat angle to the handlebars on the Specialize is just to radical for a touring bike. Pics don't always do proper justice for stuff like this, but the Specialize looks way smaller then 59 rather more like a 51 or maybe a 53 which would make you all crunched up on the bike even with the tall seat post that's on it now, plus that extreme angle would become increasingly very uncomfortable as the miles pile up.
The Schwinn looks like a better fit for the touring set up if it has the bosses as Sunburst said. But also has Sunburst said, if your only 5'11" a 59 means that your inseam is too short to stradle the top tube properly, you need between 1/4th to 1/2 of an inch clearance between your crotch and the top tube, in this case your going be more then squishing your family jews, in fact you would screaming! A 55 to 56cm frame would be better suited for you...but that's just guessing since we don't know your inseam. Personally, I don't think these frames will work for you, but here's how you can find out to prove me wrong, go to an LBS and try sitting on a 59cm bike.
Edit; I noticed you said you have a 55 and it's too short for you? Your best fit is probably going to be a 56, a 57 would be to tall just as the 55 is too short, but either of those 3 you can ride, it's just a matter of comfort as you found out with the 55.
Last edited by froze; 05-30-09 at 07:02 AM.