I know this is a strange way to go about it, but you all know people! I've been trolling CL and ebay for a while, but just haven't come across the right bike yet. My budget is under $1,000. I'm 6'2" with 34" Levis. I'm 43, weigh 230 lbs. and looking to do recreational rides with an occasional century. Currently, I do about 40 miles a week on a Specialized Rockhopper with slicks. I have not been fit yet, but I've had some LBS's tell me I need a 58 and some tell me I need a 60. Ironically, whatever size I "need" they happen to have just one left of a certain model....IN THAT SIZE!
The most comfortable bike I have ridden to date is a 2010 Defy Advanced 2 in a size Large.
I've been watching ebay/CL for bikes like:
Defy (Defy, Alliance or Advanced)
Allez (love this color scheme)
Motobecane LeChampion Ti (no idea what size because their sizing is jacked. Doesn't matter because I never see any for sale)
I'm trying to stay away from buying on ebay because I'd rather have the $100 shipping spent on a slightly better bike than giving it to UPS.
Ideally, it would be 105 or better, compact double and only a few years old.
I'm open to other suggestions, as well.
I'm hoping to find it local so I don't have to jump on a CL ad the second it comes out. I lead a crazy-busy life and would have to get creative with my schedule to go see a bike. Plus, not knowing my exact fit, I would want to ride it first to ensure I'm not making a mistake.
It's crazy. Every time I find the "perfect bike", it turns out to be a 54 or 56. I'm just too tall!
So, would you mind keeping this in mind? Do you know someone in your club that has something that would fit the bill hanging in the garage? Are you riding my future bike and thinking of upgrading? If you have ideas, feel free to either post or PM me.