Searching for new bike
I am looking for a new road bike and trying to make a decision whether to invest in a bike especially designed for women or not. I am rather small, at 115 lbs and 5'4" but mainly want to ride for recreation, pleasure, noncompetitive, and need to consider comfort and safety. I will be riding at the most probably 30 miles at a time, yet want a bike light enough to keep up with friends. I am looking for ease of handling (gears, shifting,) etc. Any ideas? I have been told about Cannondale and Specialized. Should I consider the women's or stick to the regular bikes and just buy components that would suit me. I am really not knowledgeable about what components to look for, but would prefer the latest designs.