Another newb trying to pinpoint first road bike
I am finally trying to decide on a road bike I want so I can get more out of my rides. Right now I have an old Univega that I have converted to sorta work for me. The bike is too small for me and I have messed with the seat post and bars to get it to work... It's better but still hard to ride after 10 miles...
I am looking into the Surly LHT, the Pacer, and a Spec. Allez... I was set on the LHT, but decided to stop by the LBS and they mentioned the Pacer and Allez as other options. They all seem like good bikes but it is hard to choose.
I am just getting started with riding, and I know I will be doing all my miles on the road, but I am unsure if I will be doing any overnight trips. The LBS said I should go ahead and upgrade my wheels to something a little more bullet-proof, but other than that they shouldn't need much else. I know the Allez is about $700, and the others are $1100-$1200. The one thing I am not a huge fan of are the down tube shifters on the Allez, but I guess thats something I can get use to.
I was wondering if anyone has some input on any of these bikes, or any other input that might help me decide. I am about 6'3" and 290lbs but hope to get to the low 200's in a little over a year.