I have just sold my first road bike to a neighbour. 5 years ago and that bike was good enough to get me started on the "Dark Side" and at the end of that year got me up a Mountain. Couple of changes and first was a high rise stem to me over back pain from riding with my head betwen my knees. (Which incidentally helped a bit but never got rid of it) 6 months in and the bike was not pleasing me very much and the LBS suggested wheels. They transformed the bike. But just on one year after getting that bike- I felt that my capabilities were greater than the bike I had. Went a bit over the top and got a custon build on a lighweight aluminium race geometry frame and haven't looked back since.
Can't grumble about the OCR3 though. It was cheap- had everything I needed as a newbie and it taught me a lot. Mainly about how to ride a road bike- that you don't need expensive bikes to get and enjoy riding and that you find different aches between MTB's and rtoad bikes
Reason for starting this thread is that I rode the OCR last Sunday for the first time in years when I was out with the neighbour. I know I am 4 years and a couple of Good bikes later- but I am glad I sold that bike. It works OK goes uphills- Gears and Brakes work better than I remembered but it feels cramped- has no acceleration- fast downhills feel iffy- and it gave me back ache in 5 miles.
So how has your riding and equipment evolved over the years?