Mama needs a new bike

As much as I love my hybrid bike that I’ve had for years and years but only recently started putting miles on, it’s just not quite right for me anymore. All the people I ride with have road bikes, and quite frankly, I’m tired of getting smoked.

So, does anyone have any suggestions on how/where to find the bike of my dreams? I live pretty close to a great bike shop, and I plan to go and look at both new and used options. However, I know how easy it is to get sucked into buying a $1,000 bike when you don’t really need one…