I couldn't think where to put this so I put it here.
Having been advised by the doc to do some cycling to rebalance my muscles I am now seeing this as an opportunity to go and spend some cash! (don't tell the wife).
Currently I bike with a mountain bike and also have an indoor machine, but would like to try some fast road biking.
Can anyone advise any good reading, web-sites etc that can give me a bit of background as I am completely out of touch with road biking? I need to get a bike capable of climbing big hills (my mountain biking is often in first gear). How much cash would I have to look at spending? Who are the reliable names in road biking nowadays? How can I justify spending a large sum of money to my wife (excuses to include - "How it isn't a large sum of money relative to other expenditure items" and "why the purchase is really to her benefit and not for me at all" and poissibly "some vague but long term promise of foreign holidays"