So just bought a 58 Surly Crosscheck for commuting and light touring about a week ago and it feels pretty big. Standover is okay but the reach isn't.
To make it rideable I know right off I am going to have to get a way shorter stem. I already have my seat jacked forward which is probably not a good solution.(?)
I am 5'11 3/4" barefoot. I know this doesn't spell out a whole lot.
So the handlebars and saddle height are about equal(as recommended by rivendall) but not quite a fist full of post as recommended by Rivendell. Is this okay on the cross check? I've noticed this to be more common on LHT but not on the crosscheck, probably b/c it is more "sporty" But again I am trying to use this bike as a "do all"
not racing. Is this a stupid idea to make the cross check bigger for "all purpose".
I'm just worried. I want to have this bike for a while and want it to fit properly not compromise.
Should I try to dial this fit in by getting a shorter stem or concede that this bike is to big and get a 56? or maybe a LHT? It is for commuting and touring so is a bigger frame okay perhaps for pannier clearance, stability etc?
Aaarrgg! Thanks for any help!