My LBS has a 2006 Croix de Fer that fits me almost perfectly (however I've only done a parking lot test ride thus far). I bought my commuter bike there and referred a few other customers to the shop, so the owner says he'll knock off a couple hundred more $$$ - putting the final price just under $1100.00. The bike's equipped with Shimano 105 group, and has a handful of other upgrades the shop added hoping to sell it last summer.
My road bike budget was actually higher, around $1500 and I'm on the smaller end of clydesdales, just around 200lbs (riding next to 140lbs riders I feel huge). There's all sorts of road bike options in my price range, but I've found something that feels nice and is a bargain.
Part of me wants to wait, save more $$$ and get something more contemporary, maybe even a full carbon frame, but don't know if the extra expense is worth it - or more importantly if a carbon frame would hold up with me riding it.
This will be a weekend/club ride bike I'd like to ride fairly fast for long distances. I'm accustomed to riding a 40lbs commuter with bags, so I don't have the proper perspective.
Any advice is appreciated.