Howdy folks. I've been lurking for a while and just registered. Been riding bikes my whole life... ride a moutain bike for fun right now - but I want to become a road bike guy and start riding several times a week and go on long rides (Hotter'n Hell Hundred on 8/23!). I've never bought a new rode bike, but want to... want to get a good fair price, want quality, and don't want to get taken advantage of. Guess what? I also want to save as much money as possible. I'm trying to educate myself about all this but it's like a whole new world. If anyone wants to give me any ideas, thoughts, pros/cons, advice, direction on buying on-line (like from bikesdirect.com or a similar site), I'd appreciate it. I want a good bike and it doesn't necessarily have to have a prestigious name on the side. If I've missed similar threads on this site I apologize... I'm still exploring the site. Cost - I can probably come up with $500 and another $100 on some must-have accessories. Thanks y'all... I really like this forum.