I wasn't sure where to post this; hopefully my question falls under "general".
I'm considering buying a road bike in the spring as my fitness level improves. At the moment I'm riding a comfort bike with mountain bike tires, which is getting the job done for now (i.e., getting me out riding regularly).
However, if my enthusiasm continues (I think it will, as I've always enjoyed bicycling), my rides will get longer and more intense. While I don't intend to race or do centuries, I think a road bike will be the next step for me.
I'm baffled over some of the terms used naming levels of models: comp and compact (are these different terms for the same thing, and what does it mean?), triple and double (does this refer to the derailleur/gears? How do they differ?). Also, some models use "Elite" as part of their name-is this just a higher end model of the same bike, like "Limited" is used for cars?
Thanks in advance for your help.