I have a possibly silly, newbie question here re. bike sizing:
Would a smaller than recommended frame cause you problems in the long run on a touring bike?
I'm about 180cm tall and was recommended a 480mm frame at the local bike shop. I tried out a 430 and a 480 and all I can say is that the 480 just didn't feel right. I felt more stable on the smaller frame and it seemed like I was sitting more upright. My last bike was a similarly large size and gave me really bad back pain on long rides. I realise this probably wasn't simply due to the frame size, but it's made me supicious of getting a bigger bike.
A quick browse through the forums and it seems that a lot of people are saying go for the biggest bike that'll fit you. Why is this? Are there any drawbacks in going for a smaller frame?