I finally got it! I am now the proud new owner of a used 2005 Giant TCR C3 road bike!
This puppy is all carbon with Shimano 105 9-speed components in black and red. It's just what I wanted! And his name shall be "Slick!" (I have to give some props to my mom, though. She had a really cute bike name idea, which anyone is welcome to steal..."Taz!" Because he speedily spins all over town!)
I found the bike on Craigslist a few days ago and started asking the seller all my questions. He is a student at Notre Dame, which is about a two-hour drive from Grand Rapids. So this morning I drove down to South Bend, took a look at the bike, test road it and bought it for a great price! I'm SUPER GEEKED!
I'd like to take it to the bike shop early this week to get some help puting on and setting up my saddle, pedals, shoes and possibly a shorter stem or handlebars. The red and green bar tape is really not me, either. I'll replace that with some black tape, and it will look sleak and awesome! Then I'll add a cheap-o computer from Meijer, and I'll be all set to go!
I am soooo excited! When I got back home with it (after the bike weathered a snowy, wet ride on my bike rack), I woke my hubby up by jumping on the bed giggling! I can't wait to ride it!