As some of you may have seen from my recent post, I am thinking about buying my first road bike as is hubbie. Not wanting too spend to much, we are looking at the Giant SCR 4. I wondered if someone could help as I've just been to a bike shop in Cambridge and am now very confused! Will try and be brief! I am just under 5 ft 8" and hubbie is just under 5 ft 9". Chap in the shop straight away advised that we should go for large frame in the SCR. The confusion is that the SCR have this compact sizing! So the Large frame is 55.5 cm (conventional equivalent sizing is 58-60cm). The medium frame is 50 cm (conventional equivalent 55-57 cm). We tried both and both of us felt instantly more comfortable on the medium. The chap was adamant that large frame would be best for us both. We rode the large frame with the seat raised by about 8 cm out of the stem and both of us felt we were really stretching even to reach the hoods. We then tried the medium with the seat post raised about 15 cm out of the stem. It felt so much better! Until I tried the medium I had decided I wasn't even going to buy one as I didn't feel safe! Again, chap said it was just that we were used to flat bars on MTBs. So - any thoughts. Do you guys usually raise the seat and have the seat higher than the handlebars therefore leaning down? Sorry to be such a numpty but any advice greatly appreciated. The problem is that we are taking advantage of huge discounts on cyclexpress to get the bikes at £250 instead of £350 so need to know what size to order and the offer finished tomorrow!