Finally bought a bike (actually bikes) yesterday. After all the research I got myself a 2001 Specialized Sirrus Comp for $450.
I think it suits my needs at the moment for some urban bike riding around town, bike path riding with my wife and maybe some Palos Verdes hill/road bike-type stuff as well.
I decided to wait on a full blown road bike to see how deep I get into riding. $450 is a good starting point for what seems to be a pretty solid bike with I think good components. If I get deeper I'll move to a road bike like most of you seem to have here. I know myself. That is when the budget will expand. LOL
The funniest thing is the guy at the LBS we went to also sold my wife a bike as well. She got a 2001 or 2002 Giant Cypress DX comfory bike for $175. Should be fun.
Now if I can just figure out the pedals and what shoes to get on my new ride. :confused:
Thanks for all your help