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Old 11-05-08, 03:36 PM   #1
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to upgrade or more on

Greetings folks

I have been debating the merits of upgrading my current steed vs moving on to a better ride. First the bikes I have been drooling over.

1: Specialized Allez Elite
2: Trek 2.3
3: Specialized Rubiax (if I can find a deal on a leftover somewhere)

Alternatively I have been pondering a 29er mountain bike but that's off in left field.

Then again I could put a reasonable amount on money back into the ride I have in an effort to make it roll a bit nicer. I'm comfortable with the frame geometry and happy with it's moderate sex appeal. I'm thinking new BB, crank, front der, brifters, and a set of deep V's. The problem with this is that I am having a hard time convincing myself that putting a large sum on money into a bicycle that was never all that expensive to start with (about 600 purchased as a leftover) and building it up into low end road bike frame with high end bling. Kind of like that $300 Geo you see at the mall with the $5,000 stereo.

So do I spend the cash to upgrade the current ride into something that may be very well better than a more expensive ride (only heavier), do I trade in Evil Red on one of the three cycles listed above, or do I round out my stable by keeping Ms. Evil as is and buying the 29er? Decisions decisions

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Old 11-05-08, 03:41 PM   #2
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That $300 Geo is now selling for tons on eBay because it gets like 50 MPG, so you never know about holding onto that old stuff.
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Well, since you are an emeritus clyde, I would expect you would want a sleek new racing machine to go with the sleek new motor

Can you convert the old steed into a commuter/winter bike and get the new bike (whispers I like my Roubaix).

When you ride one of the new bikes how does it feel? Consider the pride you would feel building up your old steed.

I guess in the end if I could afford the new bike, I would go that route and find a use for the old steed. Or pass the old steed along to someone who wants/needs to get into riding, I think in the current lingo that is called "redistribution of wealth"

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Greetings folks

I have been debating the merits of upgrading my current steed vs moving on to a better ride. First the bikes I have been drooling over.

1: Specialized Allez Elite
2: Trek 2.3
3: Specialized Rubiax (if I can find a deal on a leftover somewhere)

Alternatively I have been pondering a 29er mountain bike but that's off in left field.

Then again I could put a reasonable amount on money back into the ride I have in an effort to make it roll a bit nicer. I'm comfortable with the frame geometry and happy with it's moderate sex appeal. I'm thinking new BB, crank, front der, brifters, and a set of deep V's. The problem with this is that I am having a hard time convincing myself that putting a large sum on money into a bicycle that was never all that expensive to start with (about 600 purchased as a leftover) and building it up into low end road bike frame with high end bling. Kind of like that $300 Geo you see at the mall with the $5,000 stereo.

So do I spend the cash to upgrade the current ride into something that may be very well better than a more expensive ride (only heavier), do I trade in Evil Red on one of the three cycles listed above, or do I round out my stable by keeping Ms. Evil as is and buying the 29er? Decisions decisions

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Okay, first a reality check, the deep V's you will probably need anyway, especially considering the number of bikes with low spoke count wheels, including all three you mention above. If the current bike fits well, then a few small upgrades can be a good and relatively inexpensive way of getting a better bicycle, that you already know fits. You can also often chip away at upgrades, replace the BB and crank one month, the Front Der. another month, the brifters another time, the wheels separately at still other times, when you can get the cash together. Spending a large amount on a new bicycle, especially if you need to use credit, with the current US economy is not advisable.
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Old 11-05-08, 07:28 PM   #5
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How exciting is it to go buy a new bike, go for it man. Get that new bike that will get your heart pumping.
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Does not make financial sense to spend that much upgrading a bike that is probably only worth about $300 to $400. Better to sell it and use the funds towards the new bike, or go N+1.

If you do all of the work yourself, and if you score a reasonably priced donor bike, then maybe it would start making more sense.
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Do you have just 1 bike? If so, buy another. Then you'll have a backup.
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Upgrading could cost as much as a new bike.

I'm all for upgrading if the ROI is worth it, but honestly, you would be inverted rather quickly.

Don't get locked in on the big Two. There are lot's of brands to chose from that offer a nice bang for the buck. Think Felt, Jamis, Cannondale, Fuji, etc, etc.
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btw on your side note, the marin muriwoods 29er looks so sweet and is cheap
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I want a 29'er, go for it!!!
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Thanks for all the advice guys. The ROI is where my inner bureaucrat screams no but the emotional ties would have a hard time letting the bike go that took me to emeritusville. Probably shouldn't have named my aluminum mistress. So if overhauling is out this leaves me with sexy new road bike vs. 29er vs. LHT....
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Greetings folks

I have been debating the merits of upgrading my current steed vs moving on to a better ride. First the bikes I have been drooling over.

1: Specialized Allez Elite
2: Trek 2.3
3: Specialized Rubiax (if I can find a deal on a leftover somewhere)

Alternatively I have been pondering a 29er mountain bike but that's off in left field.

Then again I could put a reasonable amount on money back into the ride I have in an effort to make it roll a bit nicer. I'm comfortable with the frame geometry and happy with it's moderate sex appeal. I'm thinking new BB, crank, front der, brifters, and a set of deep V's. The problem with this is that I am having a hard time convincing myself that putting a large sum on money into a bicycle that was never all that expensive to start with (about 600 purchased as a leftover) and building it up into low end road bike frame with high end bling. Kind of like that $300 Geo you see at the mall with the $5,000 stereo.

So do I spend the cash to upgrade the current ride into something that may be very well better than a more expensive ride (only heavier), do I trade in Evil Red on one of the three cycles listed above, or do I round out my stable by keeping Ms. Evil as is and buying the 29er? Decisions decisions

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I suggest getting a second bike as a backup. Get a beater and use that for commuting, and use your road bike as the "long ride" machine. You purchased your current ride less than a year ago. It does all you ask it, and if you are looking for speed the motor will have more to do with it than the bike itself.
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