I've finally ridden my bike between a rock and a hard place.
My 77 schwinn steel road bike just won't stop...no really. I've upgraded to dual pivot brakes and got nil increase in stopping ability, even with some decent pads. I'm pretty sure the old beaten up steel rims are the culprit but here's where I'm stuck.
to get wheelbuilding done is going to run me in the neighborhood of 250+ with parts and labor for both wheels, and I was going to do a fixxie conversion at the same time, so add in the cost of cogs and a new chain, and with tax I'm into 300 or more. my rear brake rubs the tires and I'm not so sure getting new rims is going to fix that positioning issue, so I may be in for new brakes (these were supposedly long reach...so what am I going to need, Ultra long reach?)
now I only paid $60 for this bike at the beginning of the summer, and $300 is half or less of what I could get a remaindered '06 entry level roadie for at the lbs. Heck for 400 I could get a fixxie from bikesdirect.
I didn't buy new back at the beginning of the summer because I wanted to convince myself that I was serious about this commuting thing before getting any seriously expensive bike.
Since then I've ridden at least 50% of the work week and have been through 2 pretty bad storms that I had the option of not riding through, as well as one 40 degree morning ride and a few in the low 50s.
I feel like at this point I've proven myself ready to get a better bike and that in the long run its going to be safer and cheaper to do so, I guess I'm just asking the forums for courage to stand up to the old lady and buy the damn bike, but I'm interested in any input on the matter.