For the past ~4 years I’ve been using a cross bike (which is my first “real” bike) to do all my riding (group rides, crit racing, cross races, a bit of gravel riding) and I love it, but I’d like to get a dedicated road bike. However, covid restrictions combined with limited bike availability is going to make test riding bikes pretty difficult or impossible (I ride a ~52 frame, which seems to never be in stock at my local bike shops during normal operation, and covid means that nothing seems to be in stock,) so the end result is that I’m thinking about buying a bike that I’ve never ridden, a Giant TCR.
For what it’s worth, I have test rode bikes that according to geometrygeeks.bike are fairly similar to the TCR’s geo, and I got along well with them, as much as you can during a 15 minute ride.
Is buying a bike you’ve never ridden before a good idea? Have you all done it? I don’t want to throw away money but it’d be nice to get it ordered sooner rather than later in order to get it before next spring!