Your wisdom is welcome.
New hybrid/comfort biking addict here: just gotta have my 30 minutes to 2 hours a day in the saddle. Turned 58 last Thursday, and promptly plunked down $325 for a new TREK 7100. My aging bones were drawn to its spiffy newness and to the front fork shock absorber. But it has a clunky shifter and a nothing-special ride.
I miss the road-hugging feel of the old TREK 720. It needs new wheels (according to Rusty Spokes & his orchestra) and a plastic brake caliper thing-a-ma-jig.
New bike cost $325, old bike will cost $200 to upgrade.
I'm financially challenged, but for once my limited funds are not the only issue.
Is there enough of a qualitative difference between the two bikes to warrant spending the additional $100+ on the newbie?
Thank you for your input.