After hours of ultimately fruitless testing, I went with a 54cm rather than 52cm Specialized Tricross Sport. But somehow I don't seem perfectly comfortable - I seem to be leaning on the handlebars more than I'd like, and slipping off the front of the saddle. This is after having had a raised stem (26 degrees, 110mm I think) put on.
I'm 176cm, and all the measuring I did seemed to indicate a frame of 53 or 54 is ideal. So I wonder where the problem lies:
- Odd bodily proportions (I don't think so...)
- Not flexible enough (I have very tight hamstrings, can only reach mid-shin with straight legs)
- Still not used to drops (previous bike was mtb, probably undersized, with very upright position)
- Fitting advice I received and read about tailored to performance riders rather than comfort.
And the solution? Changing frames is not a viable option, there's a no exchange policy.
- Order a taller stem/raise the current one higher
- Order a stem with less reach
- Adjust saddle? I've tried moving it forward and backward a couple of centimetres, no bliss yet.
It's not super uncomfortable, and I haven't done a long ride yet, but I just don't feel "settled", and there feels like more tension in my shoulders than there should be, and I'm constantly changing hand positions like a cat on a hot tin roof.
If anyone would care to offer suggestions, here are the measurements I took for wrenchscience.com:
Height: 69.50 in
Sternum Notch: 143.00 cm
Inseam Length: 81.50 cm
Arm Length: 63.30 cm
Shoulder Width: 41.40 cm
Weight: 78.00 kilo
Foot Size: 42.00 EURO
I'm dubious about whether I got the arm length correct though.
I don't really want to be sitting really upright, for obvious aerodynamic considerations, but I don't want to be in pain after 50ks either.
Thanks for any advice/suggestions/other.