I've finally decided to replace my 18-year old 12 speed Fuji Sagres with a new bike. My average ride is 25-30 somewhat hilly miles, but I like to do longer day trips as well. Want to spend around $1,000 and like the Specialized Allez Elite or Lemonde Tourmalet, but my LBS said I should avoid such "racing" style bikes and look at something like the Specialized Sequoia instead. I am exceptionally strong, fit and flexible for my age--I work out with kids less than half my age and seem to be fitter than most of them. I am not bragging but this is important in choosing my new bike. I also like what I've read about the Giant OCR 1 but am concerned about its heaviness and bigger tires.
I start my serious looking and testing today and would greatly appreciate any input on your own experiences or opinions on specific bikes.