Feel the need to get a road bike and as posted before have possibility of a Trek 1000sl second hand from £325-£350. It looks in great condition with little wear (from a photo) and seller tells me it's carbon fork despite giving these specs from trek website: FramesetSizes54FrameAlpha SL AluminumForkBontrager Approved, carbonWheelsWheelsAlloy hubs; Alex alloy rims w/eyeletsTiresBontrager Select, 700x25cDrivetrainShiftersShimano Sora STI, 8 speedFront DerailleurShimano 2203Rear DerailleurShimano TiagraCrankBontrager Sport 52/42/30CassetteSRAM 850 12-26, 8 speedPedalsAlloy/nylon road w/clips and strapsComponentsSaddleBontrager Race Basic LuxSeat PostBontrager CarbonHandlebarsBontrager Sport, 26.0mmStemBontrager Select, 17 degreeHeadsetAheadset Slimstak w/semi-cartridge bearings, sealedBrakesetAlloy dual pivot w/Shimano Sora STI levers I have found a Giant Defy 4 NEW with the following specs for £525 : Frame - Giant AluxX SL aluminium, Fluid FormedTM Fork - Cromoly, OverDrive Steerer Shock - N/A Handlebar - Giant Alloy Anatomic Bend, 26.0mm Stem - Giant Alloy Seatpost - Giant Alloy Saddle - Giant Performance Road Pedals - Caged w/ Clips Shifters - Shimano 2300 24 speed Front Derailleur - Shimano 2203 Rear Derailleur - Shimano 2300 Brakes - Tektro Giant specific Dual Pivot Brake Levers - Shimano 2300 Cassette - SRAM PG 850 12-26 Chain - KMC Z7 Crankset - FSA Tempo, 30/42/52 Bottom Bracket - Cartridge Rims - Giant Sport Road, Double Wall Hubs - Formula Sealed Spokes - Stainless Steel Tyres - Kenda Kriterium, 700x25mm I know very little about road bikes and would really appreciate advice in what I should do here. The only thing I do know is that I am keen to get started asap. I'm a bit worried about 8 gears only on the Trek. In my position (on a limited budget) what would you guys recommend?