After months of casual bike shopping at more than half a dozen shops in our area (including some very good ones that we liked a lot), no one would agree to ordering a bike in our size to let us try it without a commitment to buy. I know there are shops that will do that -- but where???
We learned of another shop about 45 minutes from us and Hubby drove out there the other day. While he was there, he called me at work and asked "How would you feel about driving out here on Friday and borrowing a couple of Roubaixs in our sizes and riding them over the weekend to see how we like them?"
"Are you kidding??????????"
Not only that, they ordered them just to let us test them out, no commitments. They are a very service-oriented store, they have a fitter who does comprehensive fittings and is also a trainer who can give performance and fitness advice, they offer free maintenance for life on bikes purchased there, and someone who lives nearby can pick up and deliver our bikes when they need servicing. Oh yeh, they promised that we will leave the shop on a bike that fits. How much better can it get.
It won't be long now until we have 4 bikes in our family room.
Edit: Make that 5.