In need of some assistance
Hello I'm new to the forums. I've been reading around for the past few weeks and finally decided a cyclocross will be right for me. i'm currently stationed in Italy and I'm having difficulty figuring out how I am going to get into this. If I had a LBS that spoke English and had some cyclocross bikes, I probably would not need to post this. I decided I would not purchase a bike anywhere here as the dollar is very weak so I have to resort to buying online. However, there are no dedicated Cyclocross bikes at the bike shop i have been to here that could give me an idea of fit and sizing. I'm 5'10 with a hair over a 33" inseam
and I had been riding 56cm road bikes back in the states. However I had 80s Bianchis and Fujis that I can not get a look-up on the geometry to give me a comparison to the bikes I'm currently looking at online. I am also restricted to buying from sites that ship to an APO address(military P.O. box) so that limits some of my options. I plan on riding 50% road 50% gravel/light singletrack.
I was looking at this Diamondback Steilacoom
and the DB Haanjo Comp
bikes. With my inseam, the Comp's 56cm standover would more likely fit me i believe while the RCX would be pushing it. However from my readings, I've been told I should focus more on TT length. I have no idea what my ideal TT length would be. As i said earlier though, I have nothing to compare it to currently. I have always bought and rode what fits. However I'd imagine that a 56cm is much more likely to fit me than the 53cm bike. Anyhow, buying without riding seems very sketchy to me however I don't have much other options. I don't mean to come in here and not try and help myself. I've been reading threads on fitting a bike and all the technicalities leave my head spinning. I'm just looking for some practical advice..Possibly someone with similar geometry to me can give me some advice. Or maybe I should be looking at some other bikes? I'm really not sure where to begin.
Last edited by Jayrock205; 03-11-14 at 06:03 AM.