first poster, newbie here!
I'm considering buying a low-maintenance commuter bike that is versatile enough to do some light off-road. Over time, I'd also love to use it to learn/tinker with.
I managed to find a Bianchi San Jose pro (for ~650usd, it's basically new but for some reason it lacks the fenders) which is surprising given that I live in Europe and the bike was marketed only in the US.
I read around here that the San Jose has a relaxed geometry however for me, who has never ever ridden a road bike, the position was everything but relaxed, mainly because the handlebar was far to low. A more upright position would be much more preferable.
I am ~176cm (5'9") with an inseam of 84cm. The available frame is a 55.
Do you think the frame is the proper size (see above link for geometry details) for me?
If so, should I just replace the handlebar/stem for something different (any suggestions?) or it would be better for me to consider a different bike altogether?
Given that it is the pro version of the San Jose it means that, among other things, it features a carbon fiber fork. Is it doable to swap it with an equivalent (same tire clearance, fender mounts, cantilever&disc brakes mounts) chromoly fork? I guess this is a naive question... Btw, I would do it mainly for safety concerns given the number of potholes on the roads here. Is this concern unfounded? Should I just stick with the carbon fork?
Thanks in advance