I am a new entrant to this type of riding and could use some advice on choosing a bike. I'm young and fit, without money to burn, but I don't want to buy something that will need upgrading in a couple years (unless I somehow get really good). With other sports I've found that there are equipment makers that produce mostly or only junk but still have a dedicated following of people who think it is good gear. I feel like it would be better to buy something decent from a quality manufacturer and not have to upgrade so soon. I'm also considering buying a used bike, but I probably need to be better educated on what I am looking at to do that. I'm not opposed to upgrading parts as needed but I'd hate to find I'm unhappy with the bike in a year or two. Is $1500 a reasonable budget for a bike like this that would meet my needs for the first few years or should I be prepared to spend more? I'd be grateful for any suggestions, even if it's just to point me to things online that I should read. Steve EDIT: Perhaps I should explain what I plan to do with the bike. I expect that mostly I'll be riding hills for an hour or so, but I might change my mind on distance riding if I can find the time.