I’m getting ready to ask to add 1 to N (where N is the number of bikes we own). I’m looking at picking up a frame via EBay an older model but unused Tarmac (from a trusted source “my” bike shop confirms is good) frame. I buy components as I find them on deals, specials, or used. My current road bike went through a similar process.
My CX bike is a specialized at 58 cm and the frame I’m looking at is 60 cm. I’m 6’2" (188 cm) in height. Looking at the Specialized charts I see I should be okay on either the 58 (confirmed) or the 60 frame. IIRC, my current road is a 60 cm Trek Madone 5.9 and is fine.
So, is it too much thought to worry about the varying size frame, does that present an issue for fitting, or do we just take it one bike at a time and it fits as it fits?
Second question, both my CX and current road bike have 175 mm cranks. Given what we have been hearing on the Podcast of late and the overall trend, is it best for me to keep things standard at 175 on the cranks or would moving to 170 on the build be okay? Again, I wonder if the feel would throw me for a loop as I switch from bike to bike.
I plan to keep the current road bike and use it for training – both in and out. The new bike would be more for racing or more spirited group riding.