I'm looking to get another bike for occasional club runs and occasional big long days (Fred Whitton, EdDales etc). I'm not much of a roadie and have a slightly dodgy back so don't want a very race orientated bike - I want something comfortable. BUT there are some lovely looking (and cheap) bikes about such as the Rose Carbon ProRoseCarbonPro
The key difference that I can see between race and audax/sportive bikes seems to be the length of the head tube. Am I right in thinking I can simulate a longer head tube by just leaving the spacers in and/or flipping the stem? Clearly I will look like a complete punter if I do that, but I'm not bothered about that, I am a punter.
What other differences are there between the racier models and the comfier models?
Should I buy the high spec Carbon Fibre Rose for £1500 with Ultegra etc or spend the money on a slightly less bling purpose built audax bike?