I don't know the first thing about bikes..
..but I know what I want from them, I wanna go fast.
I'm a car enthusiast from Montreal, with a particular taste for racing, but given the risk and expensive nature of my hobby, I'm looking to find something new. Also, I'm very competitive and healthy, so I believe I am physically capable of intensive riding. What I'm looking for is something lightweight, rigid, and tuned for on-road performance, something like a Tours de France type of bike I suppose. I have a background in auto mechanics and am no stranger to modifications, so I'd prefer a model with big enough tuning support, yet common enough that sourcing parts wouldn't turn into a long, expensive goose chase around Europe/Asia. I'd like to go with a reputable brand with a racing pedigree, nothing assembled in China in the dark by candlelight like my Supercycle MTB. In terms of budget, I'd like to keep it under $1,000. As for me, I'm male, 6'1'', 185lbs, and athletic, so I'd need a frame that can reliably handle my size and weight. Any suggestions, tips or advice (or criticism for that matter) would be greatly appreciated as I stated I know next to nothing about the world of competitive cycling. Thank you in advance, cheers!