Beer. I love.
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Tampa, FL
Bikes: 2006 Specialized Roubaix Comp
Road Bike size dilemma
Hi. Didn't know where to post this but would like your opinions & suggestions.
I got sized at a LBS and was told I need a 58 cm with saddle height of 95 cm. However, a co-woker loaned me his son's Specialized Allez Triple, which I measured to be a size 52. The specs of the sizes are at
I have a few questions:
1. Does a 58cm mean a size 58 (that is does size mean cm?)
2. When the guy in LBS told me 58cm, does that mean top tube length?
I did a 10 mile ride on Independence Day on the loaner bike and did not feel tired in the shoulders nor was my rear end too sore. Some slight soreness I attribute to not having rode a road bike for so long and to getting adjusted to the seat. I cycled in regular gym shorts for about 45 minutes and this was in an area with many pedestrians, joggers, skaters and other cyclists.
Should I stick with this size 52 bike which I am very comfortable with and will cost me $350 OR should I go with a 58 cm bike from the LBS which was a rental bike for about $690?
The sole purpose of this bike will be cycling on weekends for about 20-30 miles.
Thanks in advance for your replies.