So, I will be looking for and hopefully buying my first real road bike this week. Due to my budget, I've been looking at several used bikes, and I still may consider them, but I would like to also get the best feel for what my options for a new bike are. I've heard of some shops custom building bikes according to your budget. Does anyone know of and / or recommend a shop that does this in the Houston area? Preferably, Southwest Houston, Sugar Land area. My budget is flexible up to about $1k, but that includes helmet, clothing, and accessories also and I know those costs can add up really fast. I've been looking a lot at the Specialized Allez and Secteur and the Cannondale CAAD8 for a starter bike, but I'm also open to other suggestions. Just keep the budget in mind. Again, for now, I will primarily be riding for fitness with hopes I will really enjoy the sport and get more serious about it later on. This is why I don't want to blow my 401k on a bike as of yet.
I'm considering checking out Houston Cycle Centres on Braeswood tomorrow on my way home from work, any other good shops nearby you can think of that may be a better time investment?
Thanks in advance!