Advice on my first road bike
I'm fairly new to cycling, after cycling almost all my youth in the countryside and mountains north of Madrid, i stopped for many many years, and a few years back I got into cycling again, this time for commuting and doing some occasional cyclotourism, thanks to me gf.
We've moved to Belgium now (Aalst - Gent area), and I want to buy a road bike, but I'm lost with what bike should I get, new vs second hand, what pedals..
I have a 1000€ budget, I'm 40 y.o. and *slightly* overweight (but my middle section is going smaller slowly, thanks to cycling), and not very flexible, so I think I'd need something not too racing, a bit more relaxed, right?
What would be your advice? I've seen some good offers online, at the Ridley outlet (Icarus SLS) and a Moozes (Squadron), but I'm open to any advice, suggestion, pun, etc...