So just squeezed 28’s on there and got a new saddle.
I decided to talk with the mechanic rather than someone up front.
He felt like Spec Turbo 28’s would fit, and they do although it’s very tight. 26’s might be more appropriate. But I’m fine with trying it out.
He also mentioned that a new saddle can sometimes do wonder. My prior one was almost 5 years old.
So hoping this makes a notable difference for now. At least then I can tell the Mrs. if it doesn’t that it’s time for a new bike ; )
This is along the lines of what I was going to suggest. Unless you have a need for a different geometry frame, there are other ways to adjust the comfort of the bike. So long as you are comfortable in your position on the bike, there area really more economical ways to take out the harshness on the road. Larger tires (or switching to road tubeless), more comfortable saddle, changing the bars, etc. I bought a Allez Sprint a few months ago after cracking the frame on my Giant Propel. By all rights, the Allez Sprint is a very stiff frame, but I was able to mititgate that with some wide rim wheels, tubeless 25s, a good saddle and carbon bars. Not quite as comfortable as my old '05 S-Works Tarmac, but I got it pretty close.
As a 43 year old with three 9-year-old boys, I definately undestand the position of not being able to ride as much due to young'ins and a streeful job. Keep in mind that might not always be the case and 3 more years down the road, you might be up to 100-150mi/wk and might prefer to be back on a more performance oriented bike. I went from riding 3-4,000 miles/year before my kids were born, down to 1-2,000 their first 5 years, but have averaged arround 6,000 the last 3; so you might get back arround to bigger miles in the future.