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New Bike, or not?(2 posts)

New Bike, or not?hcswede
Mar 11, 2003 11:52 AM
I've just gotten myself all excited about road racing and am undergoing one of the most violent internal debates I have ever seen. I'm currently riding dad's old Specialized Sirrus, from perhaps the eighties, with downtube 105's, and am pondering as to whether I should get myself a new ride. I can keep a solid 20 mph on the Sirrus, so I'm wondering what sort of advantages I'd get with a new bike. Specifically, I've been looking at the Fuji Team, as I'm 6'4", and 64cm-ish bikes are hard to find. I did my first tri last summer on it, and I'd be looking to do some more tris as well as road races, both this summer, and in college(this next year!!) So the question is: should I keep the Sirrus, and spend the money on some other cause(?), or splurge on the new ride?

Thanks,
Darrell
re: New Bike, or not?cipolini2b
Mar 11, 2003 12:40 PM
I had the same internal debate a couple months ago. Eventually gave in, and bought a new bike. The debate was between a 2003 cannondale and my older 99 model cannondale. Huge difference between the two (components as well as frame). Your problem isn't as difficult. Bikes have come a long way since the 80s, and you'll undoubtedly see a measureable gain in performance at any price. Fujis are a GREAT value. The team model weighed under 16lbs (2002 model), and was around $2,000 i think. I haven't ridden one, but it has been proven in competition by the now defunct Team Mercury. Shifting without having to take your hands off the bars! Cmonnnn! Splurge!