I've already done a lot of research and read all the stickies, especially the super useful thread "Clydesdale/Athena Index Thread". However, buying my first personal bike as an adult has proven to be quite a challenge. Especially that there's no LBS to count on, as I live in Ukraine, and I can only order a good brand bike online. I'm not Ukrainian, so even if there is some lbs here, I couldn't find it.
Some info about me:
- I'm 34 years old
- I weigh about 100Kg/220lbs
- Height is 178cm/5'10"
- Inseam (barefoot) is 79cm/31"
- I will be riding regularly, but about 5Km/3miles a day at the beginning.
I was delighted to find out that the Giant Cypress (2008 or 2009 vanilla, not ST or DX) is available for around $330 (which is a little bit more than I can afford). And I think it's a good bike for a beginner like me. It definitely is better than the bike I rode when I was a teen, and I didn't know that a bike could cost more than $150 then...
My inseam being 31", the frame I need should be 31 x 0.67 = 20.77 , or 21". Is this formula valid for the Cypress? The geometry page on the official page states that "Stand Over" height for the 21" frame is 31.8", which is a little bit more than my inseam. But I won't be riding barefoot, so I will be able to stand comfortably with my shoes on, right? I just don't want to buy the 19", I don't want it to be too small. Also, the stand over height is based on largest tire size and measured 12 inches forward from center of seat tube.
So, is the 21" Cypress a good choice for me as a first bike?
Thank you in advance for your help!