I bought a touring frameset from Nashbar and it seems cool and everything but I put some wheels on it to check out the size. It's only like 1 inch under my crotch with 700x45 tires (Kenda Keen Commuter). (Yes, there is enough room for fenders too. I'm not sure, but this may be the new version of their frameset.) Anyway, it's the 54cm model and I'm 5'8" with an inseam of 81cm. (I usually wear size 31 length for pants.) The Colorado Cyclist frame size calculator shows 54cm (road frame) for an 81cm inseam. My departement store hybrid bicycle is an 18 inch and looks smaller. But I have probably at least 2 inches of clearance when standing on top of the frame of my hybrid (with the same 700x45 tires). I know I intend to use 700x40 tires on this touring frameset (which would lower the height of the toptube) but does anyone think the frame size may be an issue? I want to use this frameset with an upright position to visit local villages.
By the way, the frame doesn't have any guides (name?) for the derailleur cables. Is there something I can buy or do I have to use stupid plastic cable ties?
For anyone thinking of getting one of those frames, it does come with a derailleur hanger and stickers.