Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Gainesville, FL
Bikes: Trek 1500 road bike, Giant Trinity Alliance tri bike
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Depending on the shops in your area, Trek, Giant, Specialized and Felt all make solid entry-level WSD road bikes in the $600-$1000 range. Add clip-ons to any of these and you're good to go. Quintana Roo, Cervelo and Giant make (IMO) the best entry-level triathlon bikes priced at around $1500 equipped well. If you're willing to spend that kind of dough, it's worth it to get the 78 degree seat tube angle, aero frams, and general coolness. However, a road bike with clip-ons will get you 95% of the way there at a much more reasonable investment.
So, in conclusion, you should definitely get fit in person by someone who knows what they're doing. If it's a trek shop, fine, they make good bikes. If it's some other shop, then great!
At your height, be prepared for 650 wheels, really short stems, and frames that don't fit water bottles easily. Don't compromise your fit, though--there are bikes out there that will fit you at your height, so make sure you get the bike that fits you!