I'm buying my 1st road bike for a bit of winter and summer training - it'll only be used on the road for 40-60mile rides and the occasional 80-100 mile ride.
I've up to a grand to spend (cycle2work) but every bike I've been drawn to has been a cyclocross bike, mainly because to my mtb biased eyes they look great but this is completely the wrong approach.
So what should I be looking for in a road bike? unfortunately getting a test ride will be very difficult (as its cycle2work).
I have a choice of the following brands:
Kona, GT, Cannondale, Cube, Willier, Scott, Genesis, Orbea, Felt, Specialized, Giant, Charge, Whyte, Trek, Merida, Focus, Saracen, Moda, Raleigh, oh and Boardman....