I've riden a mountain bike on the road for two years now, and I think I'm ready to buy a road bike. I'm looking for a compact geometry frame and of course a triple crank. I ride 20-40 miles at a pop but don't worry about speed unless I'm trying to keep up with some folk. I wnat to do 2 or three centuries a year. I have some joint issues but nothing severe at all.
I'm indecive, I think. I want to buy a new road bike but I don't know whether to go 'inexpensive', like a LeMond Reno or Pilot 1, or lots more expensive, like a Pilot 2.1, or even more expensive, like a Felt Z 85, or try an on-line bike like a Fezzari Catatonia (heh). Would someone make this decision for me? If it runs over $1000, would you help make up the difference (I have a Paypal account)? I'm sorry to burden you with my problems but everyone on this site just seems so dog-gone understanding.