I have always been against buying a road bike, mainly because a high percentage of roadies look like this:
I bought a Planet X Team Alu, as it seemed a good spec for the money, with almost full Sram red group set and some decent finishing kit. Since getting it last week i've done over 220miles and enjoyed it so far, the simplicity of popping out for a few hours in the evening and coming back not covered in mud has its benefits, plus I enjoy my long xc rides more at the weekend, without exhausting my local trails or destroying my good bikes! I must avoid becoming a full-on roadie but for the time being its working well.
In other news my sister has produced some cycling related screen prints, which she sells through her online shop. They would make a great gift for anyone into cycling or a nice addition to your workshop/bike cave, so please have a look =)
Thanks for reading and enjoy the spring weather