After my trauma, which if you want details you can find by searching on my posts, I need something more comfortable and that better manages my energy. I was counseled I needed to either modify my old Lemond Versailles or buy a new bike like a Domane or Robaix.
My favorite LBS sells Trek so I took the Versailles over for a side by side comparison with the Domane that is advertised to have a relaxed comfort geometry plus the iso coupling. Side by side the two bikes had identical or extremely close measurements. So much for Comfort vs. Racing marketing. Cost was nearly $2500 for the new bike.
On the other hand changing tires from 23mm to 28mm and the cassette from 11-28 to 11-32 would bring great improvement I was told and would cost less than $400.
Two grand for a piece of pipe and a fancy name sure sounded high to me.
So, the LBS installed Gatorskin 700x28 tires and 11-32 cassette along with the other hardware needed to make it work well.
I picked up the bike yesterday at the LBS and rode it the 17 miles home via a hilly course. A New Bike!
No comparison in handling. It literally feels and rides totally different and much better. Plus, since I don't chew up so much energy on hills I am actually faster. Could not be happier.
See how easy and cheap it is to get a new bike?