I sell the roubaix for about $1600 or so, buy a sl3 roubaix expert (which I can get for 3150 brand new for 2012 model at lbs with full ultegra), pay about 1550 out of pocket and then buy a little lower allez apex (still the e5 alum frame and os bb and the apex are lighter than shimano 105 group) for about $1150 at lbs. total out of pocket would be $2700.
What two bikes would you rather end up with?
I look at it this way. On a 1-10 scale the roubaix I have now upgraded would be IMHO a 7 while the allez would be a 6. The 2nd option would put me in a better roubaix, lighter and stiffer than even upgrading my current roubaix and therefore be a 8 on a 1-10 scale but the lesser allez would be a 5. Thoughts?
Please do not just say I am crazy or that I'm an idiot or just ride what I have now. Yes I know I have a nice bike but I want a second bike.
Loads of good aluminium bikes everywhere on the net for little money. Good chance you'll end up with a better bike anyways.
Take the highest amount of money left and upgrade the Roubaix as much as possible. Enjoy.
(although I suspect you only have one LBS option since you just talked about the Specialized bikes...)
If I were you I'd sell the Roubaix, get the Allez, and put a ton of money into it but that's just because I'm a big fan of these new Allezs.
rbrtwyn wrote:I vote for the second option.
As to having two bikes, of all the cycling websites in the world, the readers at this one will not say you are crazy for having more than one bike
OK I know I don't practice what I preach with 2 road bikes, and 3 sets of wheels, but part of that is because I went from Shimano to Campagnolo and my (2004) DA7800 LOOK 461 is not actually worth enough to sell without making me feel sick, it is such a nice bike I would rather use it for bad weather than give it away
But if you're just "itching to spend some money" then I'd probably suggest an awesome carbon wheelset. You'd probably be happier with that than having an additional lesser bike.
Just my 2 cents.
notsoswift wrote:1 bike 2 wheel sets
Meh, it really should be 5 bikes, 15 wheelsets, and then just go from there.
What's really nice about having two bikes is that you get to work on them when you feel like it. Break one, grab the other, fix it when it hails outside.
Eventually, you want a top level gearing system (Dura Ace or the SRAM or Campagnolo equivalents), some really good wheels, and high-end carbon (i.e., light weight) bars, stem, seatpost, etc.
I mean, why get two entry levels when you can pick up something nice, durable, and relatively light like this?
http://weightweenies.starbike.com/phpBB ... 928#126928
After that, buy a set of WW carbon wheels.
Then buy a second bike in no rush (or keep your current bike as a second bike).
Two bikes makes a lot of sense ... you can work on one while the other remains road worthy, and ensure you're always riding something that is in top condition. It's the little things that take time (yours or the LBSs) like bearing maintenance that you want to ensure are done, but don't want to keep you off the road ever.
Two bikes makes that possible.
Above two it's more just into "nice to haves".
But every serious road man should have two road bikes.
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