I appreciate the help concerning the Cannondale CAAD9, but I ended up going for a different ride. A friend convinced my to visit a couple more bike shops and explore a couple of other manufactures. I decided to go with a Felt F55 which is a combination of aluminum and carbon. Below is a picture and some highlights.
I have spent months researching a new ride and finally had to take the plunge. I am 6'4" tall and none of the cycling shops stocked bikes I was interested in in my size---so I had to order this bike---as I would have any other bike---without riding it. Luckily this particular LBS agreed to give me a 30 day trial period on a bike he will have a hard time moving should it not work out. I am going to have to wait another 5 to 6 weeks for this bike---but I have already waited a long time for the wife to give her thumbs up anyway (took a while for her to be convinced that I was serious about this biking thing). I was blown away at the quality of components on this bike for the price---and was very impressed with the reviews I found on the internet. I'm excited!! Come on April!!!!
FEATURES OVER F75
Felt 1.3 butted alloy handlebar, Shimano Dura-Ace dual control levers and derailleurs, Shimano 2/pc Ultegra crankset and BB, Shimano SLR dual pivot brakes, Felt 1.1 leather racing saddle, Felt 1.1 Monocoque carbon seatpost, Mavic Aksium wheelset w/Vittoria Rubino Pro Slick tires
Felt Exclusive 7005 Superlite custom-butted aluminum frame with carbon fiber wishbone seatstays. Externally relieved integrated head tube, machined bottom bracket, forged dropouts with replaceable hanger and internal brake cable routing
Felt Custom-Designed High Modulus Carbon Fiber 1.3 Fork with Carbon Steerer
Shimano Dura-Ace 20-speed shifters and derailleurs, Shimano Ultegra Crankset with 53/39T Chainrings, Shimano cassette and Chain
Mavic Aksium wheelset, Vittoria Rubino Pro Slick Tires
Felt 1.3 6061 Double Butted Alloy Bar, Felt 1.2 3D-Forged Stem, Felt 1.1 Saddle with Carbon Injected Base, Felt 1.2 Carbon Seatpost, Shimano SLR Brakeset