I am new to this forum and wanted to do a shout-out! I mostly run to stay in shape but I've been mountain biking for a while. I ride a Gary Fisher Marlin thats a few years old. It's the blue frame with the orange flames. It's a great bike but I have been wanting to get on the roads and plan to buy a road bike this September. That's actually how I found this forum! I have several bikes in mind and would appreciate any advice. I won't test ride until I get closer to the purchase but here are my leanings:
Trek 1200 or 1500
Specialized Allez Sport or Allez Elite
Budget is a concern. If I went with one of the more expensive options, I might have to wait for bike shoes and some biking clothing. Let me know what cha think!
Welcome to the road biking side of the sport! I bought a Trek 7.5 FX last month for my commute. I spent the money on a better model, and have to put off the fancy bag/clothes, etc. I felt better getting the better model up front (instead of the 7.2 or 7.3) instead of wishing I had later.
I hope you have a good LBS to buy from! They can make all the difference...
I live in a small town so LBS are REALLY limited. We have two -- one has less knowledgeable but very friendly and helpful staff, the other shop has a guy who is knowledgeable but he can be rude and kinda looks down his nose at beginning riders. I'll probably go to him though for a good fit. (that is if I decide on the Trek 1500)