Back after a long absence. Older and arriving from FG/SS -> Commuting
My only bike is a Surly steamroller (with narrow tires --25s) that in the past I used simply for urban transport. Recently I rode with a friend and we ended up on some gravel paths and I wasn't too comfortable. I'd like to do more rides on varied terrain and I'll also start commuting by bike in a few weeks so I'd like to make some changes to my setup. I began by thinking I could just throw some wider tires on and that would probably allow a more comfortable ride in a wider variety of terrain. I'm pretty sure 32s will fit. But before I put any money towards that direction I thought perhaps it's time for a new frame. My seat is quite high to get my legs properly extended. But that leans me further over the bars and I've had minor back pain/stiffness after long rides (the next day) as well as some pain in my hands and forearms. It seems to me if I go with a slightly larger frame I can bring the seat down a bit, take some pressure off my arms but the frame still seems to put the bars out further. I hate the look of a riser stem, but is that the best option? I'm happy with the steamroller and would probably just get the next larger size and move all my components over and add some bigger tires in the process. If I end up commuting a lot is the Steamroller a good fit for paniers and typical commuting accessories? Will 32s add some of the comfort and arm relief I'm looking for? Thanks for your help.
Last edited by mattista; 02-23-12 at 04:37 PM.