I rode from the late 80's to about 2000 and then life got in the way and now I am returning to riding, mostly for fitness reasons. I have meniscus issues in both knees and my doc says to ride in gears that do not load my knees, so gearing for that is essential.
Unfortunately, I sold my old bike, a very nice Lemond steel bike with Campy parts, a couple of years ago. I regret that now, but I am shopping for a bike to resume riding. The candidates are
Or, I have thought about a custom bike, but I am not sure if a stock bike can be adapted to fit well enough to ensure that riding does not result in additional health issues other than just normal wear and tear.
What do you think about the custom vs. stock issue?