I started off this year on a 300$ Cannondale Caad7 just to try out this road thing and to get some excercise for the other disceplines.
I quickly found out to my surprice that this was really fun and challenging. Blasting on country roads at great speeds, riding with my mates.
Pushing yourself on the uphills and downhills. My heavy weight and previous bike handling "skill" makes me unbeatable downhill...Altough a different story going up!
It was alot easier to have some control over my training aswell. I had my route and challenged myself to raise the average speed up!
The 300$ Cannondale was a beaten up old racer with a really bad fit to me. I have used around 1000$ to upgrade all the stuff that was broken, and now its a really decent bike which i enjoy riding on. Altough, everytime i try one of my friends bikes, i can feel how bad the Cannondale's fit is..
Upgrading only the frame has been considered, but i get more for my cannondale as a whole bike than just a bunch of parts.
I found this bargain Scott addict 2008 frameset for sale in my size, a barely used Red groupset is beeing sold by a local team for less than half price of CRC (which is allready cheap)
Some china carbon tubulars and i have a bike that is exactly 3kg lighter than my fastest mates bike..
I will start building soon!
Thanks for all the answers!