I'm thinking about a new bike - I currently am riding a Trek 2000, with pretty worn out Shimano components - don't know which exactly, but mid-line.
One thought is to replace all components and get the thing rebuilt, but on the other hand, I got $2000 in a drawer. The frame is in fine shape - but it's sort of heavy.
I commute 3 days a week, 20 miles round trip. Sometimes I extend my ride coming home. I can do 40 miles without too much fanfare. More than that gets to be a bit much. I'm 57. I do the Montauk Century - not every year, but I've done it twice - most recently last year.
Well, anyway, I've always ridden a road bike. I like a light, responsive, and fast ride. Well, I'm no speed demon. Let's say I cruise at 18-20 mph on level ground, most of the time. I don't care about panniers, fenders, or other add ons. I just want a fast and light ride.
Also, my brother keeps telling me to get a steel bike, but I don't know what the difference is in the ride, over Alum. He says it's better, but he says a lot of things.