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First things first: Your experience with the saddle to ground distance is normal. All modern bikes are like that. You're not supposed to be able to reach the ground with your foot while sitting on the saddle when your saddle is properly adjusted. When coming to a stop, you put one pedal down and put your weight on it. As you come to a stop, you slide forward off the saddle and put the other foot on the ground. The easiest way to restart is to lift the pedal with your toe to put it in the starting position, put your foot back on it and push down and off you go. Or you can dab with the foot that's on the ground to get going. It's even easier with clipless pedals. A little massed practice in a parking lot is a good idea.

For the other elements of getting the bike to fit you, here's my little guide: How can I fitting my bike
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