I've been riding road and mountain bikes for a long time. Before kids I had more space to store multiple bikes. Now I'm realizing that a cross bike is the most versatile bike one can buy.
I intend to use the bike primarily for commuting, but would also like to change the tires on it and go road riding with my roadie friends. I've also looked up the local race calendar and might enter a novice category race or two to see what the experience is like.
Because I want to use the bike for commuting I really would like eyelets for racks and fenders, which I think rules out the higher end cross bikes.
I've also read about toe clip overlap and wondering if this is more prevalent with certain frames, or is it more related to the size of bike one rides.
Finally at 5' 9" my best frame size for the road is either a 53 cm or 54 cm, and 17" for MTB riding. What size would you recommend in a cross bike, would it be the same as my road size?