Hello! I'm looking to buy my first road bike, and I was wondering whether anybody on the forum here might be able to give me a few gems of advice. Namely what sorts of things to look for in a bike, any brands or types of bike that come recommended and also where is best to buy from! My main reason for wanting a proper road bike is partly for casual fitness but also that I'm hoping to join a cycling club to go on some longer rides, and unfortunately neither my old nobody-would-want-to-steal it wreck of a bike nor my somewhat nicer but heavy mountain bike are really suitable for keeping up or going long distances. I've always tried bikes out in the shop before buying previously, but most sellers of road bikes seem to sell online, and I don't really know what to look at (besides price, obviously!!). Also I can't seem to find any women's road bikes on a lot of these sites - is the positioning less important for road bikes? I'm 5'7 and I know some people don't mind but I find the handlebar-to-saddle distance on women's bikes is a lot more comfortable. My budget is not massive, ideally £700 max but I could stretch it up to £800 if there's a sufficient quality gap. I'd rather buy something good once than something average twice (: Also if on the off-chance anybody knows a bike shop with a good range of bikes within my budget where I could maybe go and try them out in either North Norfolk, North London or around Cambridge, that would be great too! All help v gratefully received! Thanks!