Im looking to venture onto a road bike after building a couple of 700c commuters and really enjoying them.
I know next to nothing about road bikes - other than some of them look gorgeous, and some of you lot spend thousands on them...
When ive got the funds together I rather fancy a 90's Cannodale, but am also learning all the time about other nice/classic road bikes.. and as my name suggests I may end up plumping for a nice steel frame.
Im thinking something early/mid or possibly even late 90's.
Problem is im bewildered by the sizing.
With MTB's I know where I stand - I need a 23" top tube and the rest is pretty much elementary.
Truoble is im sort of an odd size too, im 6.1" but only a 31" inside leg...so I have a long torso. (I must get an x-ray to find out if there are any extra vertabrae in my back)
I rode a Langster for a while at 56cm and from memory that felt really nice. Ive also though about going for 58cm as ive been riding larger frames than I used to recently.
However, when I use some of the sizing website that request all of your measurements...im sometimes recommended as small as 54cm!
Also, the 'compact' and 'french' and other styles throw me even further.
I dont like feeling too bunched up, but also dont expect to be on the drops for long periods of time, probably will ride the majority on the hoods.
Therefore, based on my measurements, and the style of bike that I like, what would your recommendations be?
If you are an unusual shape/size it may be worth getting a custom fit done. Sure others on here have had similar done and might be able to advise.
Size wise I'm around 6' and ride a 58. Think 58 or 59 would be a good starting point to try. I'd avoid anything smaller since you'd end up with a relatively low headtube and therefore big drop down to the bars (or a tall stem which looks poor).