Hey guys. I actually did run a search, so I wouldn't be making the same tired ole posts I'm sure a lot of people do. I'm wondering if I should have made this post in the "triathlon" section...but I ran a search in there as well. I may have to crosspost, unless an admin cares.
Anyways onto the question. I'm looking for something sub-$1500 for a road bike. I am pretty green in the biking scene itself, as I have only gotten into biking within the last 3-4 months (I have a GF Big Sur mtn bike). I've already done some research in the triathlon section, and looks like I can go either way (tri-geometry or road geometry) as far as design.
I am training for a sprint triathlon in Aug/Sept, I don't need anything hardcore...at least at the moment. My LBS that I deal with only carries Trek and Specialized. So I'm kind of stuck between these two brands.
So I've been looking at the Allez and 1.2's up to the Equinox 5. I'm 5'7 - 230. I have read some posts of fat boys ruining wheels...so maybe I'll have to upgrade that. I do realize that more $$ = better components and weight. But for training and mini-triathlons, would an $800 bike get me through it as well as a $1500 bike? I know coming from mtn bikes, I'd much rather have a $1500 vs. an $800 bike.
If anyone has any experience in this area, I'd appreciate your input. Thanks.