xassantex saidonce you hit a certain price range, ALL road bikes are good ! ( it's a bit different with MTbikes )
it's more a matter of dealing with a nearby specialty shop , get good advice there and more importantly : great service .
I couldn't agree more. Well said.
Dealing with a friendly and knowledgable LBS is going to mean much more in the short run and long run, than what kind of bike you get.
Stay away from Department store bikes.
And don't let sticker shock be too much of a hangup. Bikes, especially good ones, can be expensive.
Buying the previous model year(s) can result in some good discounts, especially around this time of year, when dealers are looking to clear stock to make room for the 2011 models.