I'm currently living in Houston; I've been a runner for a long time, and it seems that I'm getting more into biking over the years.
Right now, I have a mountain bike. It would be really nice to get a good road bike, but it is hard to be sure of the best choice. I am willing to spend a fair amount of money, yet I need to know that my money is going to make a real difference in my biking experience.
If it helps, I do plan on using my bike for events like the MS 150. It would be cool to have a somewhat decent bike for stuff like that.
Hopefully the insight of this community can be helpful in making a good decision.