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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Gainesville, FL
Bikes: '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '02 Kona Lavadome, '07 Giant TCR Advanced, '07 Karate Monkey
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Originally Posted by mkwdrs
Without shoes, I am 5' 10" and inseam is 30.5. I usually wear pants with an inseam of 30. I stood over a 56cm Roubaix, it does not touch, but it is close meaning not much room for error. I think the only way a 56cm would work is with a shorter stem.
To me, it would seem the 54cm would allow a little more room for adjustability.
Yeah, it does sound that the 54cm is a better deal for you; your legs are about 1" shorter than mine, but I can flat foot my 55cm with no problems. You should be able to touch the floor barefoot without the family jewels smacking the top tube.
Do you have a "longer" than normal torso?
Do check into getting a real "fitting" done. If their idea of fitting you is eyeballing it and then having you ride a trainer for 30 seconds while they raise/lower the seat, then they're not doing you justice. In all seriousness, the shop I bought the lightspeed from spent two hours with me taking various measurements before they said it was good enough for me to ride, and while I have adjusted a few things since then (new saddle = new seatpost height & aft/fore), the difference between the proper fit on my litespeed and the "eyeball" fit that was done on my giant (used purchase from a private seller, just sort of tried to wing it myself) made for a night and day difference.
At the very least you should have inseam, torso length, sternal notch, and arm length measured.
BTW, since I'm assuming you're new to cycling, I'd like to use this moment to also suggest getting a nice pair of shorts with a padded chamois. Welcome back to the fold, you'll find that cycling is easy to do as it's just like riding a bike. (hahaha, sometimes I just kill myself).