Im in the market to purchase a road bike with my income tax to raise my endurance. I wasnt planning on spending anymore then 650$. I would like to join a few more races this year and actually do decent in them Anyhow I was thinking of purchasing one of the entry level bikes with sora sti shifters form any lbs. All road bikes here start at 600$ easy. Well I found 2 (different brands) on ebay with the same drive train/shifters for half price but they are steel frames and forks. My rational was that i live next to a mountain with nice trails, I dont know how often I would be on the road bike, and if i ever got serious about road biking I would need to update my 600$ bike anyhow the same as if it were a 300$ bike. Plus gives me 300$ to spend on a few things i need to replace on my mtn bike. So am I just being cheap and I should purchase my first road bike for the lbs? What do you think?
These are the two bikes at the lbs