I've decide to reward myself once I hit my weight loss goal. Another 20 or so pounds to go, and I *WILL* succeed later this year. The reward will be a higher end road bike. I had a Trek 1000 that I loved ... until I crashed it at 26 mph. Now on a Gary Fisher Rail that's only OK. Looking for opinions on solid, mid-range (let's say around $2,000) road bikes. Typical ride is 15-30 miles, with an occasional longer one. Not a big climber.
I spend most of my time on the hoods, and LOVE the thumb-shift of my low-end Shimano components. Suggestions? Thinking I should look at Trek, Giant, Specialized, maybe Bianchi or Colnago. Other options?