Old 05-19-17, 08:13 AM
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This question has come up several times in the C&V forum. When people test this, the more modern bike is slightly faster and the feeling is that it's all due to the brifters.
I think it comes down to - are you interested in vintage? As long as you make an informed purchase of vintage, the value of that bike holds up very well. The new bike you buy will be worth half of what you paid in a few months.
That $1000 will buy you a world class vintage bike - or a lower end mass produced bike.
If you want, the vintage can be upgraded with brifters - depending on what components it has now, it can be done in-expensively.
Remember though, almost any vintage bike you buy will need servicing - if you can't do it yourself, that will be between $100-200. You can mostly count on needing tires and tubes as well.

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