I want a bike to commute on. But I also want to be able to do club rides on the weekend. I'd like the ability to put panniers on it. I also really want drop bars. I also like the idea of not wanting to upgrade later. I'm willing to spend up to $1000.
So far the stuff I've been looking at is BikesDirect stuff. I've heard alot of bad about them though so I'm not sure I want to go that route.
This is the stuff I've considered.
Motobecane Cross or Cross Pro
Merceir Corvus AL
I'm really looking for someone to say ______ this what you need.