I have a question about bike fit. I've done a lot of internet reading, and I guess there are so many factors that it all comes down to a matter of preference, but I thought I'd post to see if I could get some input.
I am a little over 5'10" and I have a long torso and long arms but short legs. For example, I wear a 40L suit jacket, yet I wear pants with a 32" inseam.
I have a 57cm Shwinn LeTour Luxe and a 62cm Miyata 710 (although the standover is noticeably less than an old 25" Schwinn I once had). The Schwinn is probably a better fit, but the Miyata is a better bike. So my basic question is, can I make the necessary adjustments to the Miyata to make it fit, or am I better off just riding the Schwinn?
I've been riding the Miyata as my commuter for about 2 weeks. When I have the seat adjusted to the proper height, I noted a couple of things: (1) the saddle is lower in relation to the frame, and because it is a large frame, the handlebar drops are correspondingly higher--I'd rather have a more agressive posture; and (2) when the pedals are in the "neutral knee" position--with both cranks paralell to the ground--I estimate that my front knee is about an inch behind the pedal spindle (as noted here: http://www.coloradocyclist.com/bikefit/).
Should I try lowering the handlebars and how would I do that? Should I move the seat forward a bit?
Anyone want to trade a smaller Miyata 710 for a larger one?