I have an old Raleigh Banana. Shop standard, weighs 22.8lbs. The new Raleigh Airlite (which is about what I can afford) weighs 23.5lbs. Given this, I thought, rather than upgrade to a new bike would I be better of buying newer components for the late 80's Raleigh.
This weekend I tried my first sportive - 100miles - I managed to keep up with most other bikes on the flat and downhill, but uphill I got left miles behind. I thought it might be the weight of the bike, the gearing (40/49 - 14/28) and my fitness (which could be a real factor, though I train twice a week mostly on hills 10% occasionally steeper. Factoring in all the variables etc I think it must be a combination of the above, weight, fitness and gearing. My question is, really, should I fork-out for a new bike albeit slightly heavier, with better components of should I just upgrade my slightly lighter old bike. I'm always short of pennies, so the cheapest option is always appealing.
Many thanks to anyone who responds to this thread.