noobie needs a road bike under 1k
I have recently discovered weekend cycling as a great way to finally get back in shape after my back surgery last year. I own a 7 yr old trek 7500 hybrid that i finally dug out of the garage and started riding again. I decided to ride in a 65 mile charity event and have been training for a couple of months, but after some of serious group training rides, i have come to the realization that i need a road bike. I've been researching the various brands and models in my price range on this and other websites as well as visiting some LBS's and i just can't make up my mind.
These are the bikes i have looked at
Gary Fisher super rail triple...950
Scattante r330... 650 (- 130 credit ) so basically 520
Jamis (not sure of the model)... 750
I guess my question is, is the GF really worth the extra $ for a beginner like me. I feel more comfortable buying from the LBS than Performance but will i feel the difference in the bike?
Also any other model suggestions would be greatly appreciated.