I have had to accept that my Peugeot road bike has had it. Virtually everything on it now doesn't work properly or is terminally worn out. It cost me next to nothing and has done what was asked of it.
Rather than getting into vintage bike restorations, I'm reluctantly looking to buy an entry level bike - naturally, it's got to be a fantastic bargain....so Internet only, no expensive bike shops.
Problem is, I think I'm a weird shape. Certainly, (barring a bit of central adiposis) somewhat gangly - but according to several bike fit calculators, also positively deformed.
The Peugeot is a 'classical' frame; 55cm seat tube, 55.5cm top tube. It feels kind of comfortable BUT I do get some hand numbness which has led others to comment that I need a longer stem (or a bigger bike)
Zinn Cycle's calculator says that I need a 55cm seat tube and a top tube length anywhere between 58.5 and 60.5cm. NOBODY makes a bike like that.
I think I've found that fantastic bargain (<£400/$800)in 55cm:
but the effective top tube length is 56.5cm, ie still way less than recommended. If I want the long top tube, I'll have to go to something like a 60cm frame...surely too big?
Would it be reasonable to accept I might need to fit a longer stem (and how possible is that on a bike like this?) or should I stop being so stingy and just get along to the LBS and buy what they advise?
Sorry about the long post.