Hello, recently I have decided to go green and ditch my car. Figuring I could go green and save some "green." At the moment the maximum travel distance I am looking to ride is around four miles (one way) and during the summer my roomies and I are planning to do minor touring.
I have began by looking at Trek bicycles and the Soho was the bike I wanted initially. However after further research I came across other bikes such as (Trek SU, Navaro Buzz, Trek SS) Then I came across the letters "CC." That's when I ditched my idea of a Hybrid, comfort bikes, to a category called Cyclecross.
A whole new list of rides became my obsession (Bianche, 520, and finally Surly). I have read post after post about Surly only to be swayed by other posters that recommended other rides (darn you 520) I have never been more torn in making a decision since the time I bought my DSLR. I'll cut to the chase, I want a Surly Crosscheck. Here's where I need some help from the BF friends.
I have read all of the different way to get measurements to get the right size of the bike. I have done a crude measurement using websites that were recommended by the BF members.
So, here are my stats:
Inseam: 26 inches
Lower Leg: 21.5
Sternal Notch: 55
Total Body Height: 67 Inches
Using the Fit Calculator this is what they gave me
Seat tube range c-c 42.7 - 43.2 43.9 - 44.4 45.6 - 46.1
Seat tube range c-t 44.0 - 44.5 45.2 - 45.7 46.9 - 47.4
Top tube length 55.3 - 55.7 55.3 - 55.7 56.5 - 56.9
Stem Length 11.2 - 11.8 10.1 - 10.7 10.3 - 10.9
BB-Saddle Position 56.1 - 58.1 55.3 - 57.3 53.6 - 55.6
Saddle-Handlebar 52.2 - 52.8 53.0 - 53.6 54.7 - 55.3
Saddle Setback 0.1 - 0.5 1.3 - 1.7 0.8 - 1.2
Seatpost Type NON-SETBACK NON-SETBACK SETBACK
whew, now that I got all that info...one quick question...what's the best size for me? I understand I should be somewhere in the 56 cm range but the Surly only comes in either 54 or 56...
Now, for the second part. I live in LA county in California and there are a lot of dealers I could go to but I sure wouldn't mind saving time and trip if someone had previous experience dealing with Surly dealers.
The third part is where it gets interesting, I know I have said I have made up my mind but I'm always open for suggestions. Whether it be an emotional bias one might have that would like to point me in another direction or great deals that I just can't miss out on, please feel free to voice them.
Thank you in advance for any comments this way...perhaps after my purchase we can go ride some day.