I've asked everyone else I know so I'll ask you too. Which bike do you recommend? Or is this a personal thing and I should make up my own mind? This will be my first roadbike. I've been riding my kid's '99 Trek 820 (19" frame) and I've built up to 25 mile rides, so yea, it's time for a real bike.
I'm 6'4" - 230lbs with long arms and long upper body. I'm a runner with worn out knees so I'm turnin' rider. My goal is the Hotter 'n Hell this August.
I've test ridden several bikes including:
Trek Pilot 2.1 - Nice ride, a bit upright
Trek 2200, 2100, 1500 - nice rides long top tube
Lemond Alpe d"Huez - great ride - long top tube my favorite so far
Candonal CAD 8 - an OK ride.
several Specialized - just OK rides
Giant OC-2 - another OK ride
At our size there seems to be a limit to how many bikes we can test ride. Most bike shops don't display 61 and 63cm frames. They'll order for us, but I hate to ask a small bike shop to order a bike so I can test ride it, and possibly say no.
So what do I do? Grow up and make up my own mind, or listen to u guys?
And check out that Avatar - That's my left wrist getting screwed! I broke it when I fell off that awesome Trek 820.