For the last year and a half I have been riding my 1984 Univega that I brought out of retirement to get back into shape. It has (and is) serving me well as I have ridden over 4000 miles and rode my first century on it in Oct 06. I am just ready to move beyond downtube friction shifters and experience more modern performance. I have been looking at bikes and waiting for a couple of grand to fall into my lap. Seeing that the latter is not going to happen any time soon I wondered if any of you had any thoughts or opinions on a bike that I think will meet my needs and desires without breaking the bank.
It is a Cannondale CAAD9 Optimo 2. Aluminum frame with Shimano Ultrega components. It is advertised for $1800. I thought that looked like a pretty good deal and it got a favorable write-up in the recent Bicycling magazine Buyers Guide. The one caution was that it was not the most comfortable ride. I'm 53 and currently ride between 50 and 100 miles a week. On the majority of my rides I average 15 - 18 mph. One of my problems is that I am 6'4" and my LBS has no 63cm bikes of any brand for me to try out.