Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Monterey, California
Bikes: 1982 Fuji Team, 1979 Raleigh Team Record, 1984 Raleigh Team USA, Japanese Raleigh Super Course, 2000 LeMond Buenos Aires, 90's Schwinn High Plains, 1978? Austro Daimler Inter 10
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Its really hard to know what size of bike will fit you without actually trying it out. You should try to get to a shop (or your friends bikes) and try out a few different sizes and a few different brands. all the different companies design to different geometries. different down tube/head tube angles. different down/top tube ratios. different fork rakes. You might like the "56cm" from one company, but hate it from another. It is sort of like buying shoes. If you wanted to buy shoes online, the best thing would be to go to a store that has them, find the right size, then buy them online. Same with bikes in my opinion.
If you do this, you'll be happy you did. There is nothing worse than owning a bike you want to ride that is not the right fit. adjusting the stem, seat, and crank length can only get you so far.