My first post. I've spent a ton reading and call me neurotic but I really need some help (more "wisdom" not even expertise."
My buddy and I bought bikes - he bought one first. He's the same height as I am and he bought a 52cm SE Draft. We're both 5'7 1/2. So I didn't bother looking into it. I knew I needed a 52cm. I did alot of research and chose between the Dawes SST, Windsor and get ready for this: the Scattante Empire State Courier. It was reviewed by bsnyc here: http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2009...te-empire.html
While the review was satirical witty and less on specs and more an engaging story, I picked the empire state courier bike up on Performance's deal of the day and was very excited.
Bike came in, I put it together, took it to the LBS to make sure I didn't make any major mistakes and I noticed something. Standing height for this is ~30.2" With sneakers on I have barely enough space. When I don't have sneakers on - the family jewels rest on this top bar. It is not a secret - I have short legs.
Question: Is this bike too big for me? Is it a cardinal sin to purchase a bike that my jewels are sooo close to the top bar? By turning the other cheek - am I going to pay the consequences for this in the future?
I've been paying extra attention to standing height (while reading around even now) - and I know sizes vary and mean different things from manufacturer to manufacturer but I need a bike more along the lines of 29" standing height. Bikes with these standing heights seem to be 49 or 50cm frames. Then I read a thread where a 5'4 girl was riding a 50cm. Am I crazy?
I thought I had a handle on all this, but now just feel real confused.
Do I return the Empire state bike? Do I get a smaller one?