So I decided to build me up a road bike almost exclusively from the internet (Ebay, CL, etc...). There are a few reasons for this:
1) Being a Clyde (6'6", 250lbs) I've never been really impressed by stock bike equipment, especially in a price range that I can afford ($700-$1300ish).
2) I've never really had a bike that has fit me well. My current steed that I've had for 10 years has been a 1998 Klein Attitude hardtail mountain bike (size XL...about a 21.5 I think). Love the bike, but it's just too darn tiny for road riding.
3) I've always wanted to do it. I figure I will learn a lot.
4) I'll get a completely custom bike built how I want it, and built for my weight. I might even be able do it cheaper than I could going out and buying a fully assembled bike. Or at least break even...
So, here's the list of parts so far (all prices include shipping):
Frame: NOS 2007 Fuji Roubaix LTD w/fork $300 Ebay
Crankset: NOS Shimano FC-R700 compact 34/50 $170 Performance
Seatpost: new Thomson Elite 27.2X410mm $80 Ebay (not a real savings, but whateva)
Ultegra new BB-6600 bottom bracket $32 w/shell facing and install REI (dividend!)
FSA OS 115 10 deg stem, new take-off $5 REI (helps to know the shop manager)
Ultegra ST-6603 STI brifters, new $170 Ebay
So, I've still got a way to go, but It's getting there. I think the wheelset is going to be an area where I'm not going to skimp on price, unless some amazing deal come along. Thinking about a Velocity Dyad 36 w/White Industries in the rear, Dyad 32 w/White Industries up front. DT 14/15 spokes with brass nipples all around. Not cheap or super light, but strong as hell
So there you go. I have roughly $840 invested so far. I figure I have about another 400-600 dollhairs to go. That may sound like a lot, but I'm going to end up with an bike set up exactly how I want it, and build to withstand a clyde to boot. Plus, the experience is priceless...at least that's what I keep telling myself
I'll keep ya'll updated.