After my last (and only) post here I made several trips to the LBS, asked gazillions of questions, went on 4 "test rides" and then, while killing time out of town on Craigslist, bought a used bike after 10 minutes.
The bike in question is an '05 Roubiax Elite. Son of a gun was perfectly sized for me- owner claimed he had 100 miles on it, neither me nor my LBS believe it had anywhere near that many as it really looked brand new(the guy stored it in his study). I've only been able to put about 50 miles on it and really like it, but I have some questions related to it's intended use( leisurely 40 to 70 miles rides and occasional multi day touring w/o packing everything)
All Ultegra except a 105 front DR, which is I think is OK, with a triple - will this prove reliable and not
require constant "fiddling" (I don't care for frequent adjusting, repairing)
I question the wheels-ALX 295s. They seem very heavy. I will keep them awhile if they stay true, but
have already had to twist a few spokes- just a case of inactivity or a trait of these wheels?
As for PIE- I'm all for it ('specially coconut meringue), but what is FRED?