what it replaces
After a good weekend on my ancient road bike I am inclined to think its time to start thinking about what to replace it with. The current model is an early 90's Dynatech (Ti tubes glued together with Cr-Mo seat stays) and was pretty good spec when my brother bought it back then - but I wan't flappy paddle shifters, I need gear ratios designed to climb hills with my puny legs and with and those two things = whole new groupset, plus probably a new rear wheel, etc. If I am looking at spending that sort of money then I need to ask if I could get better buying a whole bike!
Common sense says not to splash more than £1000 for the amount it will get used and the ability I have. My bank manager would probably prefer that was more like £600.
Type of riding
I ride socially, and the odd sportive. I don't compete. I like the idea of doing some touring but have never tried it, and none of my friends are thinking that way at the moment. My friends all have lightweight carbon stuff costing over a £1000. I am under no illusions that it would be cheaper and better to lose weight from the rider rather than the bike!
I don't really know my way round road bike specs... so:
- New complete.... ....what would you go for? Mrs Poly recently got a Triban 3 which ticks a lot of boxes. Is a little heavier than the current set up though (but not much). What would you upgrade (and what to) within the budget? What alternatives?
- Second hand.... ....I wouldn't really know where to start. I'm not sure I know enough to spot a dud, or even to know if a bike has a good spec or not, and certainly not to know if it is good value for money. I'm near Edinburgh - do any of the bike shops deal second hand?
- Build my own.... ....for some reason this appeals. I'm sure it is a minefield of standards. I'm sure it would work out more expensive (but spread out so bank won't notice quite the same). How would you split the budget 40% frame/forks; 25% wheels, 25% drive, 10% the rest?