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That's what I am figuring, just go and get a used one. Saves a ton of money and to be honest, a bike someone used for 2-3 years is nothing if well taken care of. I've been crawling Craigslist but with a baby on the way the bike purchase plans were once again moved to next year.
How much are you riding on average? I am currently going near 50 miles, 3 times a week. Still haven't broken though 62 miles but plan on doing so for my 3 upcoming rallies in August, September and October.
It's just tough finding time for biking since anything above 40 miles will take you quite a long time and at this point, anything under 40 miles seems hardly a challenge anymore. I am trying to get the bike trainer for the winter months since it seems that I need to start over every year in the spring.
Eh, if I were you id not put more money into the bike you have and get a decent used bike. ...my frame/fork/bars are all carbon...this is my frame, but in pink. LOL http://www.rbaction.net/fly.aspx?lay...xid=66&cid=130 I have a diff seat, rims, components, bars...etc. ...but I really like the frame. I've also had a few Cannondales in the past, and loved them (alumnum frames tho)
I really like the ride, I tried a LOT of bikes before I decided to go with this one. ...Get a decent frame, even the Shimano Ultegra components are decent. I had more expensive components on my last bike, and saved about 1,200 on my new bike by buying less expensive components. ...You can find quite a few used Treks on ebay. ...go to a shop that sells Treks and figure out your size, so you don't get a too big/small frame. Take any extra money you ahve and buy a decent set of rims
My bike is a 2006, I still love it. Smile every time I ride her!
Sailin, I have just the one bike I am mentioning in the thread. It's a Trek Multitrack 750. Bought it used in 2002 and have replaced a few parts. I am at a point now where I am continually toying with the idea of getting a nice used road bike for about a grand or whether to upgrade parts on the Trek. I can only ride one of them and I do like my Trek, aside from it being on the heavy side with a steel frame. It won't make me a better rider and these bikes can get costly real quick, so I keep telling myself it'll be wasted money.