Originally Posted by SaltWindandFire
. Can anyone give me a little advice? Sell the Giant and buy something else?
Unfortunately, you're going lose your tailend trying to unload it; maybe 50 cents on the dollar. So, that's about $850. Will the same dealer help you out and take it in on trade?
Salsa is a QBP-owned company and any shop can get one for you.
The Giant FCR is basically a flat-bar road bike. Unfortunately, Giant doesn't list complete specs on their site and I no longer have an '09 catalog. So, I don't know the rake and trail numbers, but, the headtube angle and chainstay length are nearly identical to the Defy (drop-bar version of your bike). I'm not sure a stem will cure the twitchiness, as the bike may have a short trail number. The twitchiness may be something you have to get used to (guessing you've never owned a true road bike).
Originally Posted by SaltWindandFire
Go back to the shop and have the ergos looked at?
This is a flat-bar bike. It positions the rider more upright, which puts the majority of your weight onto your butt. If you were more leaned forward, that would transfer more weight onto your hands; balancing your weight. Adding a longer stem would shift you more forward and could potentially slow the steering and twitchiness. Your LBS should have a stem selection, or old takeoffs, that you can experiment with. Think about your weight spread over an upside-down triangle (bars, saddle, and pedals) and trying to balance it out to your feeling/tolerance.
The FCR doesn't come with a saddle that accommodates larger or heavier people. It's a fairly lightweight plastic piece that has easily compressed foam padding. I'd recommend looking at a Brooks B17 saddle [found here
(< 6 month return policy) or here
]. It's the widest seat they offer and made of leather. The leather conforms to your butt, as it stretches at your contact points. This is a saddle that, properly cared for, will last your lifetime. You take this seat with you to your next bike.
If I were your bike shop, I wouldn't have sold this bike to you, to begin with. Your weight needs to be considered, first. 25mm tires, lightweight road wheels with low spoke counts, and a AL/carbon frame are not in your favor. Most road bikes are designed for under-200lb riders. Therefore, the frames are built as light as possible to that target weight. You'll have to have something custom-built, if you want a trick road bike.
I think the Fargo will be a much better fit. It's a pretty HD piece of machinery, designed to carry weight. It won't be as fast and efficient as your FCR, but, that's the tradeoff to have something durable. Notice, too, that it has an upright seating position. So, you'll probably be facing the same scenario with saddle selection. Again, the Brooks would be a nice addition.
Lastly, don't be afraid to move stuff around to achieve your optimum fit; the shop's fit is just a starting point. Record initial measurements of where the shop positions things. If something doesn't feel right, start moving one thing at a time, in small increments. Pay attention to what your body is telling you at various pressure points. Then, think about which adjustment would alter the feeling at that point. Fit is pretty easy, when it's looked at like that. Here's some additional reading
on the topic.
Forgot to ask: Are you wearing chamois-equipped, cycling shorts? Have you considered the Salsa Vaya or the Rocky Mountain Sherpa
? Both, can accept fatter tires, but, not MTB fat.
Like you, "Askel" is a beast of man (< stated in absolute awe). He'll be able to offer further help on Clydesdale equipment.