My friend is buying a first road bike, and is looking to spend sub £600. For this I should imagine that she will be able to afford:
>Shimano 2300 or maybe Sora
I do know quite a lot about bicycles, so I recommended the following models:
-Specialized Allez 16
-Giant Defy 5
-Raleigh Airlite 200 or 300
The new bike is actually for a three day ride to Amsterdam later on in the year.
Being like minded with the designers of Cervelo bikes, you'll note that I didn't recommend any female specific bikes.
She is a competent cyclist, cycles to work every day, and her employers are soon signing up to the Cycle2Work scheme.
If there is anybody who has had experience with these bikes, please could you share, and if anybody would like to recommend any other brands/models, please also let me know.