Since the end of the summer (and the end of the model year) is coming, 2005 models will be heavily discounted by January. Should I wait & buy a Specialized Langster from the LBS, or should I proceed to modify the Panasonic steel-framed road bike I've got into my first fix?
I've got the tools, I've got the parts, I've got the ability. After I pay to have the Panasonic frame sandblasted & powder coated, however, I'll be about a third of the way toward the (discounted) price of the Specialized.
I plan to use the bike on the street as a trainer. The Specialized seems to have seriously steep geometry and seriously fragile wheels. These are both negatives for me since I'm a serious Clydesdale. The Panasonic would have more relaxed geometry, and could be fitted with heavy duty wheels, but isn't intended for the use I'll be putting it to.