Hehe, I like your thinking guys. I could buy another bike for let say up to 4k but that would not be reasonable for a student and I'm don't really have a room for 4th bike (but I know I could squezze it somehow)
Regarding nice set of wheels I don't think I could afford to crash them and roads in the UK are not brilliant either... but that's an option anyway
And actually I have underestimated the cost of upgrades. Ideally I would like to switch to a crank-based power meter, currently I ride powertap wheels. So 1k for power2max, 300 for respray, new seatpost/stem/bars combo (I don't like the look of current ones) about 300 again. Switch from Force to black Red Brakes 200 and then wheels..... bottom line I've been considering Wheelsmith's handbuilts, which are light, meant to be stiff and look good for 450 and I'm not yet convinced of going carbon. So total could more like 2.5k
Ahh.. I forgot a new fork for the BMC, the current easton ec90 slx is too flexy, so 400 for enve fork... Overall too much, so if I have sold the BMC I could get a real top of the range bike I think.
dont forget you can sell the old part too.
- new crank with powermeter (Quarq or p2m)
- Seatpost (lot of hidden weight there in most case) (less than 100$ from your pocket)
- New wheels.
by selling the part you are replacing, there should not be a lot of money out of your pocket. Only the crank if you want a powermeter; but since you have a powertap it shouldn't be that bad.
If you start to replace every single part on the bike, then it might be a better idea to buy a new bike.