Greetings Tourers, I test rode a Novara Safari at my local REI over the weekend, size XL, 21 inches. The fit in terms of my lower body, seat height, stand over height, pedal reach, etc. all seemed fine, but on the test ride i was really stretched out, uncomfortably so, and felt the handlebars were 1000 miles away.
So I ordered a L, 19 inch instead, hoping that the reach would be more comfortable ...
The question is multiple choice, assuming the fit of the XL is great excluding the reach to the handlebars, should I:
A.) Stick with the Large and hope it fits;
B.) Buy the XL and get a stem riser for the handlebars (since the rest of the bike fit very well)
C.) Buy the XL and "adjust" to the reach. That is, as a touring bike how stretched should it feel?
I am accustomed to riding a 1970s Raleigh Suburban and general Trek mountain bikes, which are very upright in their seating positions... Anyone have experience with the Safari specifically?
Now, before I take the bike home I have the option to test ride the L, 19 inch and see if it fits better, but I'm looking for experienced bikers opinions before I go back in about 2 weeks to help guide my final decision.