Join Date: May 2012
Location: Rockland County, NY
Bikes: Giant TCR SL3 and Trek 1.5
The Scott Speedster appears to offer Ultegra components for about $1,800, whereas the CAAD 10 has 105 components. There's certainly nothing wrong with the 105 groupset, but for $300 more, I'd go Ultegra.
Above all, have fun getting reintroduced to the hobby. The NYC area has great places to ride. Once you get comfortable handling the bike again, hop across the GWB and head up 9W for a nice spin. It's a great introduction to NYC area bike culture and the riding isn't as intense as the "weekend warrior" riding you'll see in Central Park. Once you cross into NJ, just make sure to follow the "Bike Route 9" signs, as they will redirect you from some areas of 9W that aren't as hospitable to riding because of road curves and narrow shoulders. Literally, hundreds of cyclists make a weekly trek from the city to Piermont and Nyack, NY. Many of them are racers, but you'll always find someone to ride with.
Both Piermont and Nyack have great stopping spots for coffee and socializing as well. The Runcible Spoon in Nyack and Piermont Bicycle Connection, which has a coffee bar inside, are always full on the weekends.
Further north in Rockland County, Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain State park, which are adjacent to one another, offer close to half a million acres of scenic riding, along with a good workout.
One piece of practical advice that will make your life more enjoyable: even though neither NY or NJ state law specifically requires it, carry a driver's license with you if you have one. There are some police departments in wealthy towns such as Alpine, N.J. and Piermont, NY, that watch cyclists like hawks and will issue tickets for running lights and stop signs and not riding single file. I've never ever been hassled in all the years I've been riding, but common sense is your friend