So I have been searching for a road bike for a while (3-4 months of non-stop stalking craiglist).
finally found a bike with excellent values in terms of money vs year and components, (as posted price, not even haggling yet lol)
So here is the situation
-52cm frame with 30" stand over height (the seller physically measured it).
-seller's height 5'6", he mentioned that is a slight bit of a stretch for him (don't know if he meant the pedals or the top tube distance is too long)
-the bike is 80 miles away from my house
my height is 5'5". with 29.5" cycling inseam.
So should I drive 80 miles to go check out the bike (stand over height is the most important factor in fitting the bike)?
so I was thinking, if the top tube is too long, I can always buy a shorter stem. but do you think it is ok to ride a bike were I can barely SAFELY stand over the bike.