Hi everyone, it has been a while since I posted. I am riding off and on still but am working towards commuting to work which is 13 miles each way. So anyway I have noticed as I increased my distance that my Trek 830 Mountain XL that I purchased back in 1992 is causing my feet to hurt and my knees to hurt. So I looked up common causes and most said to check for improper bike size. So I read how to measure my bike and sure enough it is a 50cm and I should be riding a 60cm. I have my bike seat as high as it can safely sit without going past the minimum line. I really noticed the sizing problem when I tried to place my feet in the proper riding position and it was very uncomfortable feeling like I was contorting to get in that position. So needless to say as I stated on here eons ago I am in the market for a new bike still but have been doing a lot of reading on biking.
So to the bike shop subject. I am 6'3" and weigh right at 400 lbs. I am a tough guy but I hate bike shops and the way I feel when I go in there. I live in the Richmond Virginia area and there are two bike shops that sell the bike I am fairly set on...the Surly Disc Trucker although I am not a fan of the bar end shifters but it is a nice touring bike that I am interested in. The main bike shop that has them is in an area called Cary Town hence their name Cary Town Bikes. It is in an uppity area near VCU. I have been in there a few times and they seriously act like a bunch of elitists that just can't be bothered with the non-competitive cyclist. The others that sell the Surly are over 100 miles away from me in the DC area and of course I fear the same type of problem. There are several other bike shops around but they don't carry the Surly; one of the shops I somewhat like is Pedal Power which is family owned but don't carry Surly, their main bikes are Giant and Specialized. Agees is the one that sold me the under sized bike those many years ago and yes I went in for a fitting and even got on the trainer....maybe I was shorter then.
So what advice do you have for my bike shop dilemma? I don't want to settle for a different bike because the other local shops don't sell it.