Ambitous newcomer seeks willing ride...

n1ckster Posts: 158
edited July 2007 in Road beginners
Hi all.

As the title suggests I am looking at my first forays back into road cycling since I was in my teens. Time seems to have passed rather quickly technology wise, and I would appreciate some advice on what bikes I should be looking at.

Firstly, a bit about me......6 foot tall, 13 stone, atheletic (ahem) build.
My requirements: road bike capable of distances at the weekend rideouts and possibly the odd competitive blast at a local time trial.

I have recently seen some good looking machines within budget (c£900) which are a 2006 Cannondale Synapse 105 and a Giant TCR Team Hybrid, both with 105 groupsets.

I do not want to neccessarily limit my thinking to these 2 brands, so would appreciate any comments on what to be looking at and equally, things to avoid, without having to listen to a salepersons speil, having canvassed other riders opinions first.

Thanks in advance