So I'm at my LBS getting some parts and while waiting I was looking over the new bikes there. I was checking out the 2010 Specialized Allez steel double they had. Nice bike but I have no experience with the Shimano 2300 group it was outfitted with.. But I start thinking that @ $600 it's a nice bike and maybe might buy one.
Has anyone seen or used one yet? I have never bought a new bike ever...I ride what I build which for the most part is lower end bikes. I have my Fuji which is a early '80 and my beater Schwinn World.
I have never owned the high end kind of bikes like a lot of C/V er's have nor have I the experience in real distance riding as I have only really gotten back into bicycles a coupla years ago.
I have been toying with the idea of joining a club and participating in group rides or finding a partner and doing some real riding...not just the around town stuff I have been doing.
I have been dieting and working on getting into distance riding shape so there's that but I have a long ways to go.
Anyway I am wondering about this bike. Should I just find a vintage high end bike to build or should I buy something like the Specialized? Of course the guy at the shop said he could order the right size for me...At 5'4" I'm tough to fit. I have a hard time finding used bikes in my size..most that are right on the stand over are women's models so reach is kinda off..
Thanks for your insights....