I haven't ridden regularly in over twenty years and am hoping for a great bike that will last, get me in shape and be fast and smooth. I sold my ancient Trek 1200c Road Bike because it was just too uncomfortable for me and I don't like the riding position.
Here are my choices:
Trek 7.2FX. Retails for $549; LBS has for $499 and lifetime basic tune-up.
2013 Scott Metrix 30. Retails for $749; LBS has for $549 and lifetime basic tune-up.
Fuji Absolute 2.1 Retails for $490; LBS has for $400 and lifetime basic tune-up.
2013 USED Specialized Sirrus Sport Retails for $549; LBS has used but like new for $400. Will be completely tuned-up upon sale.
The Fuji dealer will give me $100 on my old Haro mountain bike trade, the Specialized dealer $125. Trek/Scott won't take the trade. I don't really feel like selling on CL and it will sit another five years in the shed.
I love the look of all of them and they all ride very nicely as well. All three shops have great local reputations. Service was terrific at all three shops.