I'm still torn on this one, mostly because last time I bought a Road bike, I really didn't get on with it... only kept it 3-4 weeks and 200 miles, I don't mind riding on the roads, but can't stand the 'flighty' way the road bike felt. Climbed well and worked well... but must admit I never really felt at home on it... Maybe I didn't give it long enough.... Hmmm who knows.
Option 2 at the moment is still under price discussion.
Option 3 is the Pinnacle Ramin 1 I nearly bought a couple of weeks back, but that one at £400 in Evans is blowing the 'budget' hugely.
I keep looking on Ebay/PB etc but there's very little else within budget and distance (Berks + 70miles) that jumps out at me as a viable 'winter' bike for my money available.
There was a decent looking CUBE up on ebay, but I snoozed and loozed
Any other inspirational ideas would be more than welcome.