Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
Kee-rist, what a bunch of snobs. If the guy could afford a $1000 bike, he would have bought one. I rode for 25 years, up to 8,000 miles a year, on a succession of bikes the most expensive of which cost $350. The average was probably $175 or so. I did my first century on a sub-$300 mountain bike with $6 slick tires on it. Now that I can afford better, I HAVE better, including an Atlantis and Rambouillet, which I love, but they aren't any more fun than the cheapies. Lighten up.
For the OP: Skinnier, higher-pressure tires will make a big difference. The bike will still be sort of a junker, but it will be a faster junker than it was. Ride it and enjoy it.