Until very recently, I rode a Specialized Sequoia (Elite) and have been very happy with it. I loaned it to my daughter who lives in another state and now she is very happy with it! I'm glad to pass it on but now I need to replace it. I want to find something quickly so as not to lose the rest of the summer. I visited our LBS and the salesperson was very knowledgeable (it's the store known for spending time for a good fit) but I came away with my head spinning.
A typical ride is 25 - 40 miles on country hilly roads, although I have done some "big" rides. I'm OK with a less "comfort" frame than the Sequoia. I'm hoping to spend about $1200. I am used to a men's frame so don't necessarily need a woman's bike. My current bike is a 52 cm.
any suggestions of what bikes I should consider or what other factors are important?
Many thanks, Helen