I've never bought a new bike let alone ridden a road bike. I just tested a Specialized 2012 Dolce C2 and it was sweet! It fits me really well. I'm used to an old heavy Astra. It's new and priced at $880, on sale for $500. They said it's a 2013 but it was manufactured 5/4/12. It comes with everything but pedals and they will throw in flat ones for me. I don't plan to use clip-ins for now. I want a bike for fun, commuting and maybe a longer ride. Is $500 a good price? It's a great markdown but still feels steep.