Hi All. Happy New Years!
I am 5'9". I used to ride a Specialized Sirrus Triple touring bike. Recently, I bought a light-weight road bike that is much more performance oriented. The brand I bought comes in a 54 and jumps to 57. Since 57 is too big, I opted for the 54. Most LBS have told me that I could go with either a 54 or 56. With the 54 my saddle is a good 3 inches higher than the handlebar. I have gone on two rides so far, 40 miles and 32 miles. I guess my question is for those who are my height, would the 56 really make a difference for long distance riding? I only ride on weekends, and I normally do 40-60 miles rides in one sitting with some hills especially on the longer rides. Eventually I would like to ride a century. The 54 compact frame is great for hill climbing, which is what I want, but the 56 may be more comfortable for distance riding. On the other hand is 40-60 miles really distance riding!
Any thoughts would be appreciated.