Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum. I've read many of the posts and you are all super-helpful and inspiring. I am a relatively novice rider: I learned how to ride as a kid and I purchased a hybrid about 7 years ago which is super-bulky and do not enjoy riding and so I hardly ever ride. I recently purchased a vacation home in an area with good bike trails and am considering purchasing a road bike. I want to use it for exercise and exploration (not to commute) and while I'd like to be able to ultimately go fast, my goal is longer rides (perhaps a Century someday). A bike shop tried to sell me on the Specialized Sirrus. I took a short test ride and liked the feel, and online reviews are generally good A few questions: does anyone have this bike and, if so, do they like it? I am 5'8" and about 235 pounds: would this bike support me well? Should i go with a bike like this with flat bars or should I brave it and get a "real" road bike with drop bars? Which model is the best -- the comp, the sport, the regular? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.