I found an old Peugeot and I can clear the top tube standing over it, although it's a little close............closer than my other rides. I don't find that a problem for me, but I'd like to be able to bring the seat up a bit higher for some horizontal reach adjustment. However, doing that means I can't reach the pedals comfortably. So, I thought I'd do some web searching and it seems installing a shorter crankset might do the trick. I'm not seeing anyone reporting any problems running shorter cranks, but I thought some more person to person feedback from folks might help make a decision.
Currently the bike has 170mm cranks.........Stronglight, btw. But, I have an SR crank that's 165mm. I know that would help some with the situation, but how much shorter can I go before things start to get whacked with gearing and high cadences? Would 160 or even 155 be going too short? And, any idea from personal knowledge/experience on how much more seat height this may net me...... given I use the same seat, of course?
Thanks for any input! Ride it like you stole it!