Padded cycling gloves. Your hands will love them. I rode about 18 years growing up, then finally got some when I was 29 and thought to myself, "Self, you should have done this a looooong time ago." You should ideally have about an inch between the top tube and your crotch, so I'd be pretty darn careful about dismounts! lol I'm getting mine in a week and a half. I'll be going from a Trek 830 to a 7.5 FX! I love my 830, but I looove the feel of the FX. I'm praying that the snow we're getting today will melt by March 30th! Congrats and enjoy that new bike!
I spoke with the bike shop and they pretty much told me not to worry about it. They said usually when you fall the bike goes one way and you go another. It surprised me since they seemed like I was foolish for being concerned that I have no clearance and I have to lean when standing with the bike since it is a little uncomfortable with the top tube pushed against me to stand straddling the bike.
Don't straddle the bike. Stand on bike on left leg or bike and right leg, but not both legs.
So I shouldn't worry about it? I checked the cobia specs and the standover is 30.8" where my inseam is more likely 29-30". It looks even like the 17.5 would be a little tall at 29.9 but still a better standover for my inseam.
Mad bike riding scientist
For all the reasons you listed above, I'd suggest you stay away from a compact double. Doubles in general are great if you: 1. live in Florida, 2. are 25 years old and so full of testosterone that it comes out of your pores, 3. what to race or at least act like you race, 4. live anywhere else other than along the Front Range of Colorado!
Originally Posted by schmoab
I have bikes with doubles on them. Most of the time they sit in the garage because I only ride out on the plains occassionally. If you want to do any kind of mountain riding, get a triple. Your knees will thank you for it.
As for bikes to look at. I don't really understand this current fascination that everyone has with 'cross bikes! A good touring bike (like a Trek 520 or a Cannondale T800 or a Surly LHT) will do everything a 'cross bike will do and it will be more comfortable doing it! The longer wheel base make them much more comfortable on the road and they are capable off-road as well-up to about the point where any drop barred bike is comfortable. And they will carry all of your stuff doing it! I've ridden literally hundreds of miles on dirt road and paths on a loaded Cannondale without any problems and the bike is still going strong.
Give them a look before you buy. You just might be suprised.