I turned 56 in December. Many years ago I used to be an avid cyclist and due to job responsibilites, a motorcycle accident with injuries, and sheer laziness, I left the bike and gained weight. I tried a recumbent but found it slow. Over the last 6 months I have been using the exercylce inside to gain strength and also lose some weight (~51 pounds so far).
Then I decided to try my old road bike again. Please don't laugh at this old school situation - I cleaned up my Schwinn Prelude, shined up the Sidi's with Shinola (yes they have laces not velcro), cleaned my cleats, put a new battery in the Cateye computer, and installed a new set of old stock Shimano 105 brake levers (yes just the levers - my shifters are still on my down tube - and yes they are indexed shifters) I told you this was old school stuff all the way. Anyway, the exercycle time really improved my condition, because I was flying fast on my first real ride. The thrill, excitement, satifaction, and the joy were all back. I decided to try some hills. I had always been a strong climber, and to my amazement I found that I still am. Just a bit slower. Well maybe a little slower than I would like.
Then I saw the picture of the Cannondale with the American flag paint job that one of our fellow BikeForums members posted in the 50+ forum. I thought that it was a most beautiful bike, and that got me thinking about a new bike -for me. I went to a local bike shop and the owner, 10 years my senior and still riding strong, told me that at my age carbon was the only way to go. THIS WAS AN EYE OPENING MOMENT! I had never ever considered CARBON for MY bike's frame - other guys maybe - but not my bike. I always thought that some how it was just not right to own a bike made out of anything but METAL. Then he showed me an ORBEA. Maybe carbon is OK!??? The Orbea was nice but the frame style didn't thrill me enough to buy one. I mean I want to be fast, but I would never trade speed totally for beauty. The intrinsic beauty of a bicycle is actually a great deal of its appeal. And beauty is subjective.
Then a friend of mine, who rides a SCOTT, told me about SPECIALIZED ROUBAIX. I read about them, looked at them on the website, then went down to the dealer. THEN IT HAPPENED. I FELL IN LOVE. These bikes are unbelieveable! Awesome!
So here I am - 56 - in love - and ready to spend some serious cash to cure my disease - Needabetterbikeitis. Should a guy my age buy a Specialized Roubaix? Or should I ride my Schwinn until the cows come home? Help me please!