I have an issue which I am not sure how to go about solving. I bought a new 19" 2004 Gary Fisher HKEK at my local bike shop about 3 or 4 months ago. I feel like the bike is completely wrong for me. Its a 19" and it uses Genesis Geometry. Is this why I feel very out of control as the driver. I'm 5' 10" and 135 lbs. No matter where I adjust the seat or the bars, my body is leaning forward to an extreme. Or rather it is reaching. I always feel like I am reaching forward. And its created a lot of problems for me that I can't seem to solve. For one, I am looking straight down at the front wheel and it is a chore to look up and straight ahead. Another problem is the uneven weight distribution. I've been biking for a long time and have never wrecked unless I knew I was doing something where I would potentially wreck, and I would wreck, sometimes. But the other day, driving down a gravel road I freaking wipe out and go flying over the handlebars because the front wheel just floated off to the side. (Y'all, I was paying attention too.) That's never happened to me before in such an unsensed fluidity...there was no correcting it, no warning that it was even about to happen. And I notice it all the time now. If I'm riding parallel with an embankment, on the embankment slope, the front wheel acts like it's on ice, no matter how I power the bike. Also, I'm riddled with arm pains, hand pains, neck, head, back, and butt pains. The only thing that doesn't hurt are my legs.
I don't consider myself to be a bike conessiour, but I'm athletic, strong, and quick and have never had this kind of problem with previous bikes I've owned. So here is the issue: The manager of the bike store that sold the bike to me should have said that this wasn't the bike for me. He watched me try to ride it around, he stood with me as I sat on it and "tried it out". I dropped $1000 in his pocket that day, and I'm beginning to feel that he was just trying to move out 2004 models at the end of the year to make room for the incoming 05 models. He wasn't really trying to be a professional. Can I go back to this guy and tell him what I've been experiencing? Is there a chance in high heaven that he will trade the bike out for another one? I've only put 28 miles on since I bought it and its in perfect shape. I would have taken it back sooner, but I haven't had time to ride very much and I also thought my body just needed to adapt to the new bike. But in reality, I'm beginning to feel that it's unfixably too large for me. I'm thinking eBay. What should I do?!