What an exhausting weekend. The hubby and I went to 6 different LBS in our area and ONLY 1 shop had a frame he could sit on and ride. Unfortunately, it was a VERY entry level Specialized Allez (spelling?). We even went 65 miles out of our way to go to an LBS that carries one of the largest inventories and nothing. Does one just pick a bike brand they like the look of and just order the bike if you can't find anything in your size? One would think there would be bike sizes out there that these shops should stock, no? I see all different shapes and sizes of individuals on thier bikes so my husband being 6'6" tall can't be that uncommon. One thing we did decide upon our excursion to all these shops yesterday is that instead of spending the money I wanted we are going to cut it in half and get him used to the sport and then once he finishes Boston marathon and gears up for his ironman he will have a better understanding of what he wants in a bike (again this may be easier or may be tougher as I'm sure he won't be able to go sit on something). We found a used Scott CR1 Pro at one of the shops who was selling it for one of their sponsored riders. It was a year 2007 and was either a 61cm or 62cm. The owner of the shop said with some adjustment they may be able to make it fit. It almost looked brand new to me and was outfitted with full Shimano Ultegra and Shimao wheels. They were asking $1400... should we pull the trigger? Thanks for all your help guys. Hubby gets frustrated with this kind of stuff (same with shopping for jeans ... haha) when he can't find his size as he knows there are others taller than him and bigger and choices are limited. They always try to custom make a suit or order something without trying it on etc... Glad I don't have that problem...
I had this posted in road cycling and another member thought I should post in here as I may get some insight from some of the taller riders. My hubby is 6'6" as mentioned above and 215lbs and an ex athlete. Any advice would greatly be appreciated. Thank you kindly
One possible problem could be the time of year. Stocks are depleted all over, and no more 2010s are on the way from any factories. A lot of shops around Indy have pretty low inventory right now and won't see more bikes come in until the '11s arrive later. I don't know how much longer that will be - one shop owner told me last week that some of his expected '11s are "probably on the water right now."
Thanks for the links Shimagnolo, but considering this is his first road bike I think we want to steer away from a build and get a complete bike. As I mentioned he will more than likely get rid of this in the spring and get something for his upcoming ironman... thanks for the advice
I would run a"wanted ad" on craigslist and state a size range of frames that he wants and see if anyone has one for you to try. Also, now that you have visited a variety of bike shop which one did you like the best. Call them up and tell them a model you want and the size and see if they will order it for you. Stock my be depleted, but I'm sure if they can make a sale at this time of year they will try to find the frame size your hubby needs. You might consider REI if there is one near by. While the local store may not have his size in place, they have access to many bikes at their stores that they will move around.
What about this for $500 a Specialized Allez http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/bik/1904315132.html If you are only going to use it for a few monthes you should be happy with it. Resale should be about the same and hubby will have a better idea of what he wants in a bike.
I'm 6'5" and feel your husbands pain. I had these same difficulties. I figured out which type of bike I wanted. Then looked at the LBSs in my community. I was very fortunate that a Giant dealer was willing to order a bike with an Extra Large frame without requiring me to buy. Once I tried the bike out I was very happy with it and went ahead with the purchase. This worked because of the community's size and being a college town. I'm sure they felt they could sell it if I did not purchase.
If your husband has narrowed down the selection to just a couple of choices you may be able to get a couple of bike dealers to do the same thing. Your husband may need some component changes to make the bike fit him just right. Do this before you take the bike home. Make sure the bike shop fits him to the bike and they actually take the time to do it right.
This advice is set more for the long term buyer but with some research your husband should be able to find what he is looking for right now and not have to purchase another bike right away. Many of the people I know that have more than one bike have different types rather than a series of upgrades.
I hope this is helpful, and good luck finding the right bike.