I have an early 90s or late 80s trek 1500 That is all aluminum including the fork and absolutly love it. I knew that aluminum and skinny 700c tires would feel much stiffer than my previous gaspipe Windsor with 27 1/4 tires. The thing is on rides I go on through downtown Riverside I sometimes wish I could make it a little softer as road conditions are not always pristine which is echoed by the fact I am a Clyde. I was thinking I could soften the ride of course by getting a bit wider of tires. Now I am also considering a cheap nashbar carbon fork, and my question is, would a carbon fork really smooth out the ride as much as the user reviews on Nashbar say they do?