Been looking through a number of bike-fitting guides and am finding myself the exception not the rule to posted guidelines. Of course I realize I should have this looked at by my LBS, but unfortunately I find that the LBSes I've visited try to steer me toward whatever they have in stock rather than what's best for me.
I'm of average height (just shy of 5'9") but have a 28" inseam, which is more what you'd expect of someone 5'4" or so. So, short torso and long legs.
The usual calculations put me at about a 49cm road frame, but when I test-ride bikes in that size although my legs are OK-ish it feels like I'm on a tricycle because I'm towering over the handlebars.
I think my best bet is to go with a slightly larger bike (52-53cm) so I can stretch out sufficiently but keep the seat a bit lower than I would on a smaller, more "appropriately" sized frame.
does that sound reasonable? other thoughts out there? thanks much.