I'm getting a new bike this week from (Gasp!) Bikes Direct. It's a steel frame road bike that I am going to use as a weekend recreational bike and possibly a commuter.
The situation is that I'm on a temporary (six to nine month) work assignment on the west coast, but I will be flying back home for a long weekend every two weeks or so. I'm having the Bikes Direct bike shipped to my apartment out west, and this way I'll have a bike to ride in both places - besides, I didn't want to risk my Surly getting banged up or going AWOL if I boxed it up and shipped it.
My present bicycle is a Surly Long Haul Trucker. Out of curiosity, more than anything else (and so I'd have a measurement to start with on the BD bike), I measured my seat height by aligning one of the crank arms with the seat tube, then measuring from the pedal to the top of the seat (a Brooks B17). I measured it at 38-1/2".
BTW the Surly was professionally fitted and set up by my LBS when I bought it, and is quite comfortable to ride.
My stand over clearance is 36".
I was a little surprised that the seat height is 2-1/2" higher than my stand over height. Does this sound right?
I guess that this reflects that I'm pushing on the pedal with the front of my foot, not the heel, huh?