This post could probably be in another section of the forum, but this will be used for touring so here goes.
I'm having major trouble trying to find my ideal or correct frame size for a touring bike. I have a 28" inseam. Different websites tell me a 43 or 49 or 52 sized bike is what I need, none seem to totally agree. Last year I'd gone to the local bike shop to figure this out. They made no measurements of me, they just had me sit on a bike and said from there what size I must be. I test rode a road bike, which I could have sworn they said was a size 52, but I'm not sure, and they said this was my size. It was uncomfortable to me, so I test rode some hybrids. They seemed pretty sure I was a 17.5 or bigger, so that was all I was testing. 17.5s and 19 inches. Well, I went with the smaller one, and just decided that a bar swap and adjustment of the seat is all that is needed to make this a nice ride. New stem, new bars and it's still not comfortable for me. It's like my body is begging to either be more upright or more low and stretched. I really cant tell. I also have trouble sometimes swinging my leg over to get off and on. So NOW I'm thinking a drop bar could be in my future, especially since I'm planning on touring later this year. But I just don't want to spend $200 on a drop bar conversion only to still find the ride most uncomfortable for these long rides. So I'm holding out, saving my cash, and I see the Windsor Tourist for $600, which I think I can swing if I sell my current bike, but have no idea what size to get. And I'm not going back to the local bike shop to ask. I specifically went to them to find me the right sized bike for me but now I feel like they sold me something too big. Please Help Me!