I own two bikes, both are vintage. Steel frames with 700C wheels, friction downtube shifting, drop bars, toe clips. One is more speedy with less comfort (fixed gear conversion), the other leans more towards commuting/cyclocross (touring).
I've recently been really wanting to get into more serious road cycling and/or cyclocross after re-starting riding bicycles this year. So far I've looked at many brands and models available to me where I live, and I'm still really unsure. I'm currently settling with Trek Madone 3.1, full carbon, used, but really cheap. It has a mix of SRAM and Shimano (105 I think) on there. I'd say my budget is somewhere between 700 to 1000 US dollars, that value is converted. Definitely not looking for anything professional, but for something that still at least has a carbon fork.
I already have fine commuters, this I need mainly for tougher exercise and recreational long-distance riding and maybe as an extra fast commuter, but not for racing, since in my country the road conditions are pretty bad and sportive cycling is rather unpopular (except for CX).
I'm also looking at B'Twin, Bianchi, Author, Boardman, Merida, Vitus, Raleigh, and some others.