So I'm a little over five foot tall.... but I'm 240 pounds wide.
Having now ridden close to 150 miles on my new bike since the 20th of last month, I'm becoming increasingly more curious about correct 'fit'. All that I've had so far is help setting distance between pedal / seat height AND it's for/aft placement.
A little background first:
I bought a size XS touring road bike, and STILL my 24" inseam does not fit the stand-over, but I can't afford to have a $2,000 bike custom made for me.
First thing I did was find out what correct size seat I needed, having replaced it with a 155mm Specialized saddle. The seat that came on my Novara Randonee now appears to be a suitable size for a child..... certainly not a 57 year old man.
I even thought that the pedals were too narrow for my wide foot, but I think I've learned to deal with them and they don't seem too bad now (having taken the cages off them until I think I'm ready to deal with 'em.
I would like to know if handlebar width is a standard, or if drop-down handlebars can be had in differing widths(?). For my BROAD shoulders, I find my handlebars uncomfortable and seemingly too narrow..... How do I determine the correct width handlebars?
In addition to width, where are the brake/shifting levers supposed to be located in relationship to the top of the handlebars? I have received conflicting information, that mine are too high - or - that they may be too low.
My biggest problem so far is with my hands going numb, dispite constantly changing grip position. Thus I'm thinking that different handlebars may help me resolve my problem.