I have been MIA for quite some time and have been happily riding my Nishiki mixte which I jazzed up with a Shimano 600 arabesque groupset from randyjawa (i am guessing pics are somewhere in my post history).
So, fast forward a few years of happy riding and I decided to do 160kms this weekend. On my Nishiki. On my Brooks Flyer S. Ow. Ow, is all I can say! So I swore I would never ride any distance on that (beautiful, but not built for speed) bike.
So now I am going to get a road bike. I had an early 90s or late 80s Bianchi which didn't work for me (square geometry doesn't work for tiny legs/looong torso) so I have to go modern. Maybe this post should really go into the road forum, but I don't want to seem like too much of a newb.
I have been offered a barely used (1 summer riding) 2007 Giant TCR Advanced 0 with a shimano 105 groupset from a friend at a decent price, but am worried that I either won't be capable of riding that beast and/or will seem like an idiot riding such a nice bike. Would you get this or save $300 and get a new bike with a 105 groupset? I wouldn't save much money but the beginner-on-a-good-bike thing would be better.
I considered getting something like a SOMA smoothie and building it up, but then realized I should probably go big or go home in terms to roadbike-ness.
What say you, C and Vers?