After a year+ of my hybrid, I'm ready to graduate to a road bike. I like to think I'm above an entry-level cyclist (I just did a 64-mile ride yesterday on my own), but I'm far from a pro or even a serious amateur. However, I have a bit of a dilemma.
Given that components on bikes are so easy to upgrade, is it better to buy a bike with nice components or buy something cheap and upgrade as I feel the need?
For example, I was thinking of a BikesDirect bike, because I'm looking to gain some wrenching/assembly experience. Should I go for the Windsor Wellington 3.0 (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ington3_IX.htm) with a mix of 2300/Sora parts, or go for the more expensive Windsor Fens (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/fens_xi.htm) with 105 parts?
Thanks for your thoughts.