I have a 1992 Miyata Triplecross. I ride it to work every day and on weekends. It is going in to it's 3 generation of replacement parts. The rear derailer shifter needs replacing and a new back rim is in order. I wonder if I need a new bike. I certainly could afford a $1000 new hybrid bike but seriously, why should I bother buying a new bike? Every time I get serious about buying a new bike I guess I start feeling guilty about trading my trusty ol' Miyata in for something younger and newer. Is this misspent loyalty? Is there really any reason why a new bike would be better? Doesn't it just make sense to keep buying new components as they get old and need replacing? Is it more cost efficient to replace components or buy a complete new bike every 10 years?
This is a serious and sincere post. I really wonder if buying a new bike is a waste of money if all I need is a few new components every year. Has bike technology changed to the point that I should retire the 1993 Miyata? As far as I know a bike is just a frame and components. Why would I want a new bike? Is chromoly outdated now? With cars and computers the technology improves every year. Clearly upgrading every 5 years is good. I don't know if that is the case with bikes.
One important aspect has been that my back and right ankle are starting to hurt more and more. This is what is making me wonder if I need a new bike since it might mean less wear and tear on my body. I am 45 years old now so I am not the spring chicken I once was. I do have 1 killer hill on my daily ride (both ways as it is a steep ravine). Do I really need a new bike or does this sound like I need to pay someone $50 to make sure my current bike is ergonomically suited for my body?
The Miyata frame is old and scratched, I doubt any of the other original parts remain other than the handle bar and front forks, but what advantage would a new bike bring? Is it silly consumerism to want a new bike when buying new components is just as good of an option?
I sincerely thank all replies in advance. I haven't bought a bike since 1992. So can you recommend a decent $1000 hybrid. I am not up to speed on what bike manufacturers are good nowadays. There is a Trek store near my house. I live in a major city Toronto and should be able to find most bike makes. I know Miyata is no longer sold here.
Sincerest thanks to all who offer reasoned and well intended replies (I encountered a few jerks in the road racing forum)