Originally Posted by Philpug
This bike is probably a "light" 23lb where a comparable performance of a new road bike is now 17 or so lb. BTW, those 'Mint still in plastic VO's' are mine and there is no way wi would want to ski them today, such as this bike, there are much better options out there now. Hell a 899 entry level bike would be a better choice (such as a 599 package ski would be better than my VO's). The Zed would look pretty good hanging on the wall though.
I disagree, Philpug. TC said she'd feel like she was giving up on road riding all together if she sells it. So let her keep it so there's the chance she'll still ride. There's NO WAY an $899 bike matches that lugged steel frame she has. And I doubt she'd get $899 for her bike, as cool as it is. And that's coming from me, who lives in Road Bike Heaven where we have 2 velo swaps a year with thousands attending to buy stuff. There's just not that much money out there in the used bike market. Yeah, the components on a new ride would be 10-speed, instead of 5-speed or whatever they are on her bike, and it would be lighter, but it would not be the same quality, nor would it have the same panache.
(man, those are some vintage Look pedals on that thing!!! But the Dean stem...I could probably send you a better one....)
I'd say it would be way more fun to keep it, let her see if she rides it, and if she does and loves it, slowly upgrade the components. Some things may be hard to replace due to frame design (like the bb or crankset) but a wheel could be redished to get a cassette with more cogs and new derailleur.
My "old" road bike has a lugged steel Serotta frame...will never sell it. Though it's much heavier than my Merlin, it has a ride quality that is magical.
I've sold stuff in the past for too few $$ because I wasn't using it and thought I'd put the $$ to better use, and regretted it later. Just sayin'....
(And I'm having fun playing devil's advocate with you)