Left a post on my first visit about the same topic only to realize I posted it in the intro area.
I'm a big guy looking for a new bike. As I am in North Dakota my selection is limited but I trust and like the owners of the shop I would be buying from. I'm 6'4" tall with a 35/6 in inseam and a longer than average wing span (dress shirts need to have a 37" sleeve) and 215lbs on a good day. The shop is sure that a specialized roubaix in a 61 would work for me. They did not go through any kind of measuring process. As it happens I was traveling across the state and stopped at a bike shop in a larger city and they measured me. They say I should be looking at a 63, and suggested a custom built bike by waterford.
My budget is $3000 give or take, and the roubaix expert is all carbon with shimano ultegra sl/ls (?)groupo. To get the same build on the waterford would be a fair amount more. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
My riding style is shorter 1 to 3 hour rides of 25 to 40 miles on a typical day in the winds of ND. I feel that if the bike is more comfortable I can increase that by quite a bit. My old rig is a mid 80's nishiki maxima.