Hello all, I just recently have been in shop mode for a commuter style bicycle to replace the big uncomfortable mt bike from years past. On craigslist I found a like new condition 2006 specialized crossroads XC Expert for sale, and started researching. Turns out the frame, from Center of front gears, to top of frame seat post, is 16.5in. or roughly 43cm. I am 6'0 tall 185 lbs with 32 inseam. With the seat and handlebars at smallest setting the bike is too small, but adjusting to the maximum seat height and leaning handle bar forward, the bike feels great, so i am trying it out for 7 days.
I need your help, or opinions on whether my adjusting a small bike to my size is the same as buying a right sized bicycle. I got a good deal on the bike, what do you think it's worth?
Thanks for the welcome and responses!