I was wondering if you all could help a fella out.
Here's my dilemma...
I started riding last summer and got really hooked. I ride maybe 50-60 miles a week because I really enjoy it. Used to run but his is sooo much better. Anyway because I haven't been riding so long I am not well-versed in the intracies of the equipment.
I ride my brother-in-law's old Trek 2120 that my he gave me in order to start me out. I'm guessing it's about 4-5 years old and it's got quite a few miles on it (don't know if that matters on not.) It's a carbon fiber frame and it seems to still be in fairly good shape.
At this point I know that I will continue to ride for years to come. Do I make an investment of $1,500.00 - $2,000.00 for a new bike now or keep riding the Trek?
Someone has told me that if I'm only going to spend that amount of money I'll never get a bike as good as the one I'm now riding. Is this true?
I've never ridden any other bike so I don't know what kind of ride I get from a carbon fiber frame as opposed to say titanium or steel. How much heavier is a steel/titanium bike than a carbon fiber one (is the weight difference all that significant? Is the ride?)
One of the main reasons I'm considering a new biike is because my brother-in-law is a good 2"-3" shorter than I am and I think the Trek might in fact be a tad small for me. I'm in relatively good shape but after I ride say 30 miles I've always got something nagging at me, sore shoulders, sore neck, etc. Is this just a sympton of riding and I should live with it or could it actually be that the bike doesn't fit me properly?
I appreciate any input anyone can give me.