I am new to cycling, been looking and researching road bikes for a bit now. Narrowing it down and wrestling with spending $1100-1500 to buy new with aluminum frame, probably with Shimano Tiagra/105 level components. One cycling friend suggested that I really need to spend significant time in the saddle to really figure out what I like/dislike/types of rides I will do most frequently. Test rides wont really tell me that due to lack of experience. He then went out to say after a year or so, I would probably want to upgrade or buy something different anyway. That leads me to lean more to the use market so I am not shelling out as much for something I will likely replace in a year. Feel free to chime in with your opinions on the above thinking as well. Also, Have previously run marathons, so no stranger to training, highly doubt that I will not enjoy cycling and stick with it.
However, my primary question is to get some opinions on this bike I found on Craigslist: 2005 Trek 1500, original owner, 105/Ultegra components. I have not seen it or ridden it yet, but it is the proper size (been fitted at a LBS to a 60cm Trek Madone). My research shows they retailed for about $1100 new. I will definitely take someone who knows bikes with me before buying, but hope I can pick up a few opinions as to what you think the value range should be. Looking forward to being a part of this forum.
Trek 1500 - sale or trade