I'm about as rookie as they get, I don't even have a bike. I've been pouring over the forums for the last couple weeks trying to glean some information about buying a new road bike. Running is my current exercise of choice and I wanted something else to do when my knee aches started coming back. Although it's a little too hot to be riding in Scottsdale right now (besides at night), I hope to have a decent bike soon.
Thanks for all the info!