Iím looking at buying a Specialized Allez. The frame size is 56 centimeters. Iím 6 feet and 4 inches tall and I weigh 190 pounds. My inseam is 34 inches and my shirt size is an 18 collar and 36 inch sleeves.
I prefer road bicycles and the Allez would be lighter and faster than my Giant mountain bicycle with an aluminum frame. And the price is reasonable. From the size charts I looked at, 56 centimeters is a bit short for me, both in terms of height and the length of the top tube.
Iím thinking I would hike the seat up as far as it would go, lose those awful dropdown handlebars and install a nice pair of upright handlebars. (Dropdown handlebars are horribly designed from an ergonomic perspective. At the very least, the bottom parts should spread outward so the top parts donít get in the way. But the crappy design doesnít even manage to get that obvious thing right. Putting your hands on the top bar is a strain on the wrists. Riding for hours all bent over is a strain on your lower back and a strain on your neck because youíre holding your neck at an unnatural position just to see where youíre going.)
I looked at handlebar stems. I see there are a few that are adjustable. I could get one that is adjustable and goes up diagonally. That would give me more reach, both up and across. A bicycle in my size range is 60 centimeters. Only 4 centimeters more, which is 1.57 inches. I could certainly find a handlebar stem that goes up and over 1.57 inches.
Thereís always an inflexible person in every crowd. Iím not interested in the opinions of people who only know how to do things one way. Iím interested in people who know how to gather data, piece it together and solve problems.
Thank you for your ideas, Anthony