i'm sure there are loads of threads that'll answer my query, but i can't seem to find them, so i'd very much appreciate your help please.
i am coming back to cycling after many years, and would like to buy a decent (for the budget) bike for recreational use. i have read that buying used is a minefield for those who don't know what to look for. this is a shame as i'm sure i'd get better value that way.
so i am looking at entry-level road bikes for about £500 (trek 1000, schwinn fastback sport etc). i am aware that much is down to personal preference and i do intend to test-ride several, but i'd like a shortlist of bikes to include and bikes to ignore please.
thanks for your help,
mark the gardener