I am wondering; do I put money into this bike or buy a better one?
My bike is a Trek 820 MTB that cost $275 new about 3 years ago. Since then I've been replacing things as they break. My main investment has been to replace the freewheel with a hand-made wheel with a freehub ($170). I figure that if I ever get rid of the bike I would keep the custom made wheel.
Other than that I've replaced consumables like the tires, tubes, chain, cables, cassette, bearings, axels, etc. This is my off-road bike so it gets semi-rough treatment. It's even been submerged.
I also had to replace the front fork due to a 30 mph crash with a dog. I found a used fork for $25.
My question is, can I make this a better bike by replacing worn out components with better components, or do I need to look into getting something better to begin with? Aren't "good" bikes just bikes with higher end components?
Thanks in advance.