So I took advice here and went to my LBS to ask questions... and basically I am their perfect sales target: new to cycling, needs a road bike, has no clue what to look for, etc
Financially we can not drop a grand on a brand new shiny bike... and after completing two TRIs with my hybrid, it is time for me to make the switch. So I spend each day cruising CL for a bike. I know I should be about a 58cm based on two different people at the same store. So I have been combing thru posts on CL in my area (Houston) and finally a few bikes have popped up that are within my size range.
What I dont know is what i am looking for or looking at. I have been using the bicylebluebook page to check values etc but that doesnt really help when people change out components etc. So here are 3 listings that I found today... all brand new so hopefully they will stay up long enough for me to get some advice here. *The last one I saw that was worth inquiring about sold faster than I could make an offer.*
Bike 1: http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/4101661133.html
Bike 3: http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/4075729946.html
Basically I am not sure what questions I should be asking when inquiring about the bikes and what information I should be looking for *red flags* that should deter me.
Thanks for the help! *I wish I had a friend local who was in to cycling to help me out, but no such luck!