I'm only on my second bike, so can't really advise. I kept my first one, even though it was a junker....I use it to practice maintenance on before trying it on my "good" bike. And I had the junker for a long, long time before upgrading. But wow....that upgrade made a world of difference!
How funny, I take so long to find what I like that I have trouble letting go and moving on. I have 21 year old Terry that was the first bike that really fit after churning through a few that weren't quite right. I'm in need of a new one for loading touring but can't hardly bear to walk away from a bike that fits like a glove.
I seem to suffer from the "buy a new bike" syndrome like some people always seem to want a new car every couple of years. I like to think that is because my parents never got me a bike no matter how many times I asked for one for Christmas and birthdays, but I'm probably just making excuses.
Since I tend to always be lured by new ones... I'm the last person to give advice. I agree with LUVS2BIKE101... if you can afford it, go for it. The plus side is that your desire to ride will be greatly enhanced so your mileage will increase...
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Decisions are hard to make, aren't they? If your finances can afford it, go for it. Find a less fortunate person who could use your old bike and make a reasonable deal there. I have a Trek 810 that is 10+ years old and was offered around $100 on a trade-in for a new Specialized. I still have my Trek. Nothing wrong with it. Will probably sell privately. Still thinking about buying new.
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I went to the LBS on Friday, and fell in love with a new bike. It is a Trek 3700
The guy said he would sell it to me for $50 off the retail plus give me money for my current bike (Trek 820) - although, he said he would have to look at my current bike first before he would give me a set amount -
The problem? I just bought my current bike about a year ago... it is still in new condition and there is nothing wrong with it. I don't need a new bike... but on the other hand, this one is REALLY awesome and I love how it rides...
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