Recently I posted queries as to what size Surly Long Haul Trucker I should buy. After feedback, research and second guessing myself I settled on a 60cm frame, being 189cm tall with an inseam of 90cm.
Anyway, two days ago I did a 65 km shakedown ride on the newly acquired bicycle. Just to get a feel of
it and test the fit.
The results during the ride;
1. Painful palms when gripping the handlebars - only remedied by riding the brake hoods. Gripping the top of the bars was uncomfortable for any length of time.
2. Saddle needed adjusting with the point of the nose slightly down. I suspect the saddle may be slightly too high. May be related to problem with hands.
3. Towards the end of the ride I was into the wind and attempted to ride the drops - this position felt very uncomfortable for pedalling and immediately led to severe cramping in the muscle just above my knees.
The results after the ride;
1. Dull but significant ache across back of shoulders and neck.
2. Aching palms.
3. Sore knees.
4. Sore muscles from cramp.
Although I haven't made any adjustments I'm beginning to think I may have purchased a bike that is too big.