I'm ready to buy a new bike. My LBS is a Trek and Specialized dealer and I've narrowed it down to either the Specialized Sirrus Elite or the Specialized Sequoia Expert...both 2003 models.
The issue is how do I get a decent test ride in during the winter season? I ride during the winter about 5-6 hours/wk. I know that this weather and dirty road conditions are tough on a bike.
How much can you really tell about a bike anyway from a short test ride. I bought my current bike afer a very short test ride, as I like most bikes. I think it actually took me three years to realize I didn't like it.