I am 5'7" 160lbs. I no longer compete and ride for fitness and recreation.
I have toured only 4x...I plan to increase touring by completing 5-7 days trips...eventually working up to Cross-Country. I believe I should do considerable training on my touring rig to get it dialed in. So i want to buy a durable - comfortable rig.
To the point....i attempted to order a LHT..(Surly - long haul trucker)...and hesitated when i saw my selected frame size 52cm was only 26" wheels...even their 54cm is 26"..Why??. All of my other Road/Cross bikes are 700c.with 54cm top tubes - which i feel comfortable on....am i really that short?! I used to compete in triathlon and am well aware of the argument of 26" vs 700c.....but never really had to place my vote until now!
My intended use: I plan to use this for: training; winter rides; loaded touring on pavement; maybe touring on dirt roads;
I am afraid of buying this thing and being disappointed in the performance of 26" vs 700..speed...handling characteristics...etc....Ive considered the 17" Trek 520 which has 700c.