Hi all, My 1st post, so please be gentle with me Over the years I have owned various bikes, nothing serious and sort of only go out when I can be bothered (in the mood for it). I think the most I have cycled in one day is around 50 miles. Even though my current job has me walking nearly 40 miles per week.... it does nothing to sort out the love handles and that ever expanding lump knows a the belly So I want to start going out on the bike again but try and maintain a more robust attitude towards this time. I struggle with it at times, hence the user name on here I currently own a Specialized Hardrock XC 2006. Not sure why I went down the MTB route, but I did. I don't actually do any major off road biking. I go along the canal sometimes, but mostly on normal roads. Whether that be back roads or main roads. So I was thinking of probably selling this as its minty mint (like new), as I look after my things. Then treating myself to the Allez Elite 2008. Reason why I picked this bike out of the hundreds at hand, was mailny the make and the fact I love the colour, as its the same as my MTB. All my cycling gear was purchased around these colurs (black+red). The other leading factor is that my local bike shop only sells Specialized bikes. From the £300 kind to the over £3K kind. I know the guys there and get on well with them. Plus I can probably get some discount too, which always helps. With it being local, if I have any problems I can easily go and seethem and have things sorted out. Rather than but something mail order andh ave it all to sort out myself. Quite a long winded 1st post I know, but I have tried to give as much detail/background as possible. One thing I forgot to mettion is that I am not a serious biker. By that I mean I won't be doing any races/events. Its just me billy no mates out and about in the Yorkshire Dales where I live. Looking forward to your replies. Gazza.