I've finally decided on a first bike, I got some fund (gotta love overtime) and can afford a bike now.
I decided on the Motobecane Vent Noir from bikedirect.com. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ventnoir_x.htm
My brother just got his first bike as well, a Trek 1.2. He spend like 1000 dollars after pedal and shoes. I would spend that amount of money too, if i had it. But I don't. At least I get better components then he does, I'm sure that will tick him off :D.
The problem is I think their smallest bike is still to tall... I just measured my inseam, it's still 27". I'm 5'6", maybe 7, but its all torso (great for wrestling, maybe not so much for cycling?) The standover on their smallest frame (48 cm) is 735 mm, which is basically 29 inches.
I've ridden motorcycles before with seat heights of around that and been fine, but that also a motorcycle, which is obviously different.
So what should I do. It looks like a decent bike and I really don't want to spend that money, partially on those nice wheels, to have to trade them for 650's.