I have been following this site over the past couple of months and thought it was time to join in.
I have had an interest in bikes and cycling most of my life. Although mainly offroad, starting on a BMX and then MTBing since the mid-80's.
I had an 'enforced' timeout due to injury and am now returning to 2 wheels.
I am looking for my first road bike and want one that is light enough to feel quick (I need all the help I can get!) and yet comfortable (due to the after effects of the aforementioned injury!)
Given my budget is tight (sub £500 ideally) I am thinking Specialized Allez. I haven't been a fan of Speccy or red bikes in the past but for some reason really like the look of that one and a recent test I read seemed to indicate it could tick the boxes I need ticking.
Another option is the Dawes Giro 300 which is on sale from £430 down to £365. Which seems a fairly large saving given my budget restrictions.
So, any advice please. Should I go with heart = Speccy or head = Dawes or can you throw some others into the mix?
It is purely for recreational riding, etc.
Any other newbie road advice also appreciated.