While I'm happy with my Trek 7200 for now, I grew up riding a Schwinn Varsity in high school and first part of college, and I'm still pretty convinced that I'll enjoy a road bike again...whenever.
The problem is that a) I'm still way too heavy (300 or so right now) and b) they ALL cost WAY too damn much! Sorry, I'm not a bike snob (nothing personal) but I've never made more than 20 grand a year in my life (and that's before taxes). So yeah I know - get a real job, etc. But back to the original issue at hand.
Question: In YOUR opinion, at what cost point does a bike become worth buying with upgrading components in mind?
For example, a Specialized Allez Compact or Double retails at about $880....okay, even at my pay grade I can save up for that in 90 days.
A Cannondale Cyclocross 7 is $1350, if one can be found anymore. That's stretching it for me.
Much beyond $1500 MSRP and everything just seems awfully rich for my blood no matter how nice.
These are just the 2 bikes that merely happened to come to mind first, but I'm sure there are many many other good options. I've heard the Cannondale CAAD frames are very popular choices for Clydes as a base to build up on...true?
Is it even possible to get the framesets anymore? I'm 5'10" and very short of inseam, probably about a 51 or 52 cm frame would be my size. But regardless, I'd rather ride it with cheap components than spend a year saving up for a groupset and not be able to ride it.
I'm just trying to figure out how to make it all worthwhile and get a good bike that can be upgraded as time goes on without spending money merely for the sake of it, something I suspect people do a lot (espescially people with too much money ).
Any thoughts and advice is appreciated.