Just getting into road biking and looking for a decent first bike. Interested in Specialized, Cannondale maybe Trek. I am an old fart who is getting into triathlons, and biking as well but also realistic that I don't need to get a high end road bike at the start unless I move up to longer tris (which I would like to do eventually as a challenge). Used relative's Specialized Allez for a bit to do my first sprint tri but I can't expect him to go without while I use his bike. I have been checking ebay, craigs lists and LBS for prices. LBS is a given but not sure how is reasonable for a used bike. Would love to hear what is reasonable for a similar bike to the Specialized Allez (105 components). Size 56cm and 105 not a requirement. I saw a 2007 Specialized Elite triple with 105 rear derailleur and rest is Tiagra for $650 but not sure if this is good price or not. Original cost was $1100 and haven't a clue as to how to judge what is reasonable and not looking to steal a bike but don't want to be taken for a ride. Thanks.
Thanks for the advice. I do have a two local shops I have visited that the bikers in my workplace like and recommend. The one in my local town I don't have confidence in the guys who work the maintenance side. Couldn't solve a simple tire valve problem on the Specialized I used last year. Both shops have the bikes I have been interested in so unless I get a super deal on a used one, I will most likely get one from one of them. One even offers free basic tune-ups for as long as you own the bike if you get it from them and they have a good rep as well but are a Trek dealer. The other has a great rep (no maintenance deals) as well and does Cannondale and Specialized as well as Felt. Since I am new I figured I would stick with brands I know have been around awhile.
Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Hase Kettweisel Tandem (redundent recumbent), Merin Bear Valley (The gopher).
Oh - and if you're really an old fart, you're in the wrong forum. You should be posting in 50+. You'll get the benefit of experience without the attitude. Just don't use the term "old fart" or Denver will take you to task.
I checked out the 50+ and that forum wasn't very interesting. I found a lot some of the posts were more concerned with comfort and just getting excercise because of docs orders that I would ask questions elsewhere. I am older (won't use that term you mentioned) but keep up with guys half my age (not necessarily competitive athletes) and like to push myself a bit as I have always done in the past. Flew jets off carriers in my first career and haven't lost the drive that kept me going in that life. I was more of a motorcycle and MTB rider than a road rider so this is a new direction for me and I find that I really enjoy it. On the shop it may be a toss-up on the fit but I agree that that is an important point. Before I plunk the $$ down, I will be revisiting both shops. Both have offered to set up any bike to my fit to allow for test rides which I will do. Thanks for the reply as well.