Okay readers, here's your chance to share your opinion and expertise. I received the following email from a guy named Steve who is asking for advice on upgrading his bike:
Recently I have become a huge fan of cycling and I love it. In August I purchased a Raleigh performance hybrid and in September rode a century. Since then I am typically riding 75+ miles per week and already have nearly 1k miles on my bike.
I would like your advice on the best way to upgrade my bike into a road bike, of course without "breaking the bank." I am really considering building up a bike rather than buying a complete bike new. Would you be able to offer insight on a good frame I can build around? I would use some components I have now, and then upgrade as I go along. Does this approach make sense, or should I just sell what I have and start over?
What are your suggestions for Steve? Any thoughts about which way he should go? Share your insight and experience here about building up a bike or buying a complete one new.