Finally getting close to pulling trigger on LHT purchase. Thinking LHT complete, Surly Racks front and rear, fenders, and possibly dyno hub / lights. Primarily will use for Touring, Long Distance riding (centuries), and occasional long commute (35 miles one way). Unfortunately my LBS doesn’t stock them so no option to try sizes.
Couple questions / things want opinion on.
I am 5'10" barefoot. PBH (pubic bone height) = 87cm. Per info, and google group lht size spreadsheet seems most similar are using a 56 or 58. More seem to use 56...but i am leaning to 58 based on articles read about people typically choosing too small bike and my slightly longer than average arms. Seem reasonable? How much “real” difference would I hypothetically feel or notice between the two sizes?
The uncut steerer tube…guess I am concerned when reading some posts about telling LBS not to cut until dialed in seat / handlebar adjustments. I am looking for a relaxed setup…bars no lower than seat height to bit higher. Ok so really dumb non-mechanical question here…can they build the whole bike with uncut steerer tube and just have spacers ? Does that give most flexibility to adjust bars up and down? do you have to figure out height and cut off excess or can it just jut up some?
Lastly…what’s good choice for fenders that most bike shops can order (ie something in QBP)?
Thanks for input.