The new bike has been ordered. No more plastic bikes for this FatGuy. I opted for a local brand, Breezer, and their steel model, The Venturi. Breezer is better known for their mountain bikes. But I have heard good things about the road bike, and their attention to detail in the construction and geometry. Also, I opted for the upgrade to full Ultegra. I have come a long way from the $550 internet bike days. Stay tuned.
As an aside, Joe Breezer is a Marin guy, and a founding father of Tam. And Joe blasted past me a few times during the Dirt
Fondo. I like the Marin County connection on this bike and hope to serve its namesake proud.