I am looking for a road bike, planning (hoping) to get into riding for fitness and perhaps the occasional commute - I have had a Trek hybrid for years which has gone mostly unridden since the kids got too big to be pulled on the trail-a-bike.
I have never liked the cramped upright position and flat bars on that bike.
Today was a beautiful day, so I took the day off and rode the following bikes:
Lemond Big Sky SL - great deal on discontinued model - $750 for full 105 drivetrain. I liked it, tons better than what I have now. One concern is they only have a 57cm frame - probably OK, as most of the other bikes I fit were 58cm. This one is a comfort bike - a bit too upright - would adjust the stem for a bit longer reach. They used to make a 61cm, but not available, and maybe not necessary?
Bianchi Volpe - drove an hour to find one in stock to ride. 58cm, fit very well. First impression - solid, practical, versatile. But not exciting - maybe I'd get 90% of what this bike offers by swapping the bars, shifters, and brake levers on my hybrid - I know that's probably not the case, but...
Cannondale R500 - loved the feel of this bike - at least for the 10 minutes I was on it. The riding position offered a lot more power, or maybe it was the lighter, stiffer frame... or the 23C tires... at 240 lbs, I'm thinking a 28c or wider would be a better option for me, and if I can't ride it on crushed gravel trails, forget it. If I could have more than one bike, I'd take this one just for the fun of it.
Felt F90 - pretty similar to the C'dale, not quite as nice.
Specialized Sequoia Elite 57cm - ho-hum, maybe just need to get the fit right, but I'm not sure I such an upright position. Then again, maybe I'd love it 30 minutes into a ride.
Trek 1000 60cm. too big - too far to reach the hoods. This shop couldn't find the time to set up more than one bike for a test ride (I guess Tuesday afternoons are pretty busy for them - but I digress)
So, the point of this post - I plan to go back to ride the Lemond again, as it's the best bargain of the bunch. I want to see how it feels after riding the others. Does anyone have experience with this bike or similar ones (Pilot) that would lead them to believe I'd be making a mistake? I just want to start riding...