Because I won't ride trails when they're wet, I've been using my Gary Fisher Deluxe FS 29 more on the road than on trails recently, almost everyday 25-30 miles. While it's a great workout, I'm getting the bug and I'd like to do more miles and go faster when I'm on the road.
55 years old, 6'3"/205 lbs, healthy & fit, except for the 10 pounds I'm going to lose.
I want to buy from one of 2 local lbs that sell mainly Trek, Cannondale/GF, and Specialized. Since I know I'll use it for years and I can ride year round, I've set myself a budget of around $3,000ish.
Local roads are hilly backroads.
Any insights on models/set-ups for my particular situation?