Hi, I am thinking about getting a steel hardtail mountain bike to use for touring, but I have some questions that maybe someone can help with.
I have no clue what size frame I should be looking for. I have only ridden road and track frames, and for those I ride a 56cm bike so thats about 22 inches. I have read somewhere that with a mtb frame, you want to look around 10cm smaller than your road frame size. Is this true, or would this still be true with a frame that is going to be used for touring? For reference I am just under 6'1" tall (I dont have a measuring tape for inseam though).
My next question is about drop bars. These are the only bars I ride, and I would like to stay with them. Would it work alright to put these on a mtb frame? What sort of shifter setup is best for a mountain bike with drops?
Is there anything else I need to look for besides rackmounts and canti brake mounts on the frame?