Hey there, new to the forums (and to all things biking) but looks like a cool place. Looking for a new bike as the trek 800 I had was stolen. Taking the opportunity now to hopefully buy something that fits better.
I'm a very big skinny guy, ~6'10" tall and about a 38" inseam. Unfortunately getting a custom build isn't really an option for a while (and I wouldn't want to drop that much money until I was 100% sure what I wanted). My limit's about $500.
I don't really foresee needing to carry a ton of stuff with me (I have a car too) so I'm ambivalent about racks, but the option to add fenders would be nice. Mostly just want this for fun, some light commuting, and fitness.
The first bike shop I went to is looking up the options for Giant and Specialized bikes for me. The second one recommends a Cannondale Quick 5 for $499 (which they actually have in stock in the biggest "Jumbo" size, but I haven't ridden yet because it was in a box in the back).
Any advice on these brands or others? As far as sizing goes the bigger the better, and I'm really flexible on the style if it means I can get a better fit. Thanks!