I'm another victim of the dreaded IT band syndrome from running, and I'm just flat out tired of going slow. So I'm looking to switch sides of the road and start moving a little quicker.
I'm looking to spend between $800 and $1200 on a bike, and I don't have that many acquatences that are cyclists. I live in Columbus, Ohio and I've been in to the two LBS in my area and I'm not sure of which brand to go with. One store sells Specialized, C-dales, and Giants while another sells Bianchi's and some other sells Fuji's. When I ask these guys to compare one brand to the other store brand, they avoid the question.
Can someone give me the low-down on bike brands considering my price range?