I've swapped handlebars, grips, stems, shifters, saddles, seat posts and so on and so on and so on.
All in the name of having lighter, stronger and prettier parts. Now I have almost completed my dream mountain bike. I've really only changed the handlebars and that was a performance thing. Oh, I changed the chain rings from 2 to 1 chain ring set up.
And now this has happened.... I actually need to replace worn out parts. I have to replace a chain, a cassette and possibly chain rings on not just my mountain bike but also my road bike.
Normally, I would just upgrade one part at a time. That is a controllable expense.
This is the kind of spending on bikes that I find hardest to justify. I know, it doesn't make sense. These parts that have allowed me to ride for all these years without any problems or complaints. The parts that haven't been replaced "just because" and now that they have shown themselves to be at the end of their life I now need to decide what to replace them with.
Example A. I run 1x9 on my mountain bike. I have been thinking about putting on a 10 speed cassette to give me a better gear for the hills. However, it's not as simple as that. I would need a new shifter, a chain a cassette and a derailleur. But that's not where the problem is. I then need to decide wether I want SRAM XO, Shimano XTR or the Daddy Mack SRAM XX. Cost is as much a factor as it usually is. I worry about it up until I've made my decision.
Example B. My road bike also needs a new drive train and as I have not upgraded any of my road bike bits, apart from bars, stem and brakes that I got a great deal on, I feel it would now be a good time to up grade to the next level and realistically, this is not such a large expenditure if I didn't have to do the other bike as well. What would really top off the rebuild would be a new set of wheels.
So you can see my dilemma. I have to spend money on the bikes. It's just how much and when. Given it's a month from Christmas which means gifts and a holiday and our car just blew up I certainly have better things to spend money on. But we also ride our bikes 3, 4 or 5 times a week so this has come at a bad time.
What to do??? Buying these bits will not be as much fun as it should be.