I am a new member of this forum, in my late sixties, retired, and I just started biking.
I own two bikes, a TREK Hybrid 750, which I purchased new a few months ago and have been riding about 100 miles a week for 3-4 weeks. It is a nice bike, but too slow for most road biking.
So, I bought a Giant OCR - 2, which I purchased used. The bike looks brand new with only one scratch on it, good wheels and tires, and nicely equipped. The giant road bike was was ridden less than 500 miles and I paid $350 for it, It was a few years old, but had been equipped with 105's front and rear, which was not standard then. I think the new ones for 2004 are equppid with Shimano 105's all around.
I find the ride on the Giant to be a bit hard, especially when you hit bumps. So I decided to add a carbon fork and carbon seatpost. This also requires new "head set?" The cost installed is around $500. This brings the bike cost to about $850, not counting things I added like an odometer, mirror, seat, clipless pedals.
Does this sound crazy. I could take the $500 and put toward a new bike.