Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Standover height is the least critical measurement on a bike. The more critical measurement is top tube length. That will denote whether you re going to be comfortable on a bike or be too stretched or cramped.
Compact frames will have a standover height- like for like in frame size- that is less than a conventional frame. But as I have said- Standover height is not critical. I only have one bike that has a clearance on the top tube and that is a Mountain bike. And that clearance is only just there.
So 49cm- you must be a shortie like me. We do have a problem in getting bikes to fit. To an extent we have to compromise a bit on fit. I can get the bikes to fit me- but with the saddle at the right height- I cannot touch the ground. My legs are 2" too short. That is the same on all my bikes and I ride a 49 and a 51cm. Attachment is of my 49cm Giant OCR3 as you can see- I could lower the seat by a good amount if required. and bar height/ reach can be adjusted by a change of stem.
So find a bike shop and see what they suggest.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.