Have things changed that much?
I bought my partner a BTwin Triban 3 (the red one) at the weekend to try her at road biking. Granted it's the 51cm frame (with smaller 650 wheels) but it feels like a toy. I haven't ridden a road bike for 23 years, but I remember mine being far more substantial, with wider/heavier bars and larger tyres (23's on the Triban). I find the Triban very nervous steering, and hugely uncomfortable in comparison to what I remember. It was a basic bike back then but from memory was far more substantial to ride. Is this just the way things are now? I was contemplating buying a 54cm one for me but now I'm not so sure.