I am currently commuting--and simply using--my 1985 Trek 510 all over town. But I've landed a new job (making the step from visiting prof. to tenure-track prof.--which you academics will know is significant), and I am finding myself drawn to the idea of A New Bike.
This post is not about What Bike I Should Buy, but rather about what I should expect to experience in leaping from 1985 to 2007, in a typical 500-600 road bike. What are the most dramatic differences I may feel in terms of The Ride? (What technological developments have made the most difference, what have been more like wallet-candy, etc.?)
Seriously, I have next to no saddle time on anything newer than what I currently have. So I would be making a 20-year-leap in this.