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Upgrade current Roubaix SL2 only
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Sell Roubaix SL2 and move up to new Roubaix
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Upgrade current, upgrade to new or buy additional bike

Old 07-12-13, 07:37 PM
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Upgrade current, upgrade to new or buy additional bike

Hypothetically, you have the two bikes listed under my avatar. Hypothetically, next year you will have $2k-3k to play with in the bike department. You don't have to spend it all. Hypothetically, you ride 4-5 days/week, a mix of hard fast 15-20 mile solo rides and 20-40 mile easy spins when your wife can accompany you. You do a couple 2-day rides each year, btwn 100-125 total miles. Your hybrid gets ridden maybe once/month, just for something different. Your Roubaix SL2 Rival is all stock with the exception of new tires and grip tape w/ gel inserts, and you're happy with the bike and your riding of it.

Hypothetically, would you:

1. Spend money on upgrading the Roubaix SL2 (wheels, saddle, bar, components, etc.) and continue to ride one bike for all your road uses?
2. Sell current Roubaix and add to the $2k-3k to buy a newer, higher-end Roubaix, and continue to use the one new bike for all road uses?
3. Keep the Roubaix as is, and add a new model Tarmac/Allez/TT bike to spice up your solo rides with a little variety?
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Old 07-12-13, 08:42 PM
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The answer is always more bikes.
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Old 07-12-13, 08:47 PM
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A Tarmac/Allez will not spice up your ride, especially coming from a Roubaix. Get a fixed gear for that. Sell the hybrid to someone who will use it more than once/month.
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Originally Posted by RoadMike View Post
The answer is always more bikes.
I like the way you think!
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Old 07-12-13, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
A Tarmac/Allez will not spice up your ride, especially coming from a Roubaix. Get a fixed gear for that. Sell the hybrid to someone who will use it more than once/month.
Interesting response. How will a fixie make my solo rides spicier?
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Upgrading is wasting money.

Sell your current bike for more than you think it is worth and build a top shelf bike off ebay.

Or.... sell current and buy not-top-shelf new-off-the-rack at your LBS.

Or.... buy closeout year old model at a LBS. (whatever budget affords)
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Old 07-12-13, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by IANative View Post
Interesting response. How will a fixie make my solo rides spicier?
I picked up a fixed recently to practice riding as preparation for racing on track...it's a foreign feeling that made me feel like I was learning to ride for the first time. I was scared ****less to go down hills or even go too fast for a while... unfortunately I had to sell it since the fit was a bit off but it definitely made my ride more interesting. I think riding around on a fixed helps build skills that are useful on the road bike, and ones which a road bike won't give you...same goes for a mountain bike which might be another consideration for you.

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Upgrading is wasting money.

Sell your current bike for more than you think it is worth and build a top shelf bike off ebay.

Or.... sell current and buy not-top-shelf new-off-the-rack at your LBS.

Or.... buy closeout year old model at a LBS. (whatever budget affords)
I like this idea as well, I love piecing together a bike, and the slow process of hunting and shopping for the best deals.
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Old 07-12-13, 09:31 PM
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N+1 is the rule to apply here.
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Originally Posted by IANative View Post
Interesting response. How will a fixie make my solo rides spicier?
When you take a sharp turn and try coasting to stop pedaling but can't. Your pedal hits the ground and crash.
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When you take a sharp turn and try coasting to stop pedaling but can't. Your pedal hits the ground and crash.
Don't need that kinda spice. Thanks, though, Stan.
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I voted for new Roubaix, but would probably sell the old one and buy a different brand...them things is not pretty to my eyes...
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Move up to the new Roubaix SL4, you'll love it. The SL4 is much more like the Tarmac than the earlier Roubaixs. Still compliant but stiffer than the SL3 or SL2.
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