I'm in the market for a new bike. I'm not a club rider but a utilitarian one: I commute on my bike, visit friends and run errands. On average I probably ride 2-4 miles per day, almost entirely on good roads. Very occasionally I'll ride on a rough track like a riverside path.
I picked the model I was interested in and asked a cyclist friend if he'd go for that, or a more expensive version. The extra money buys:
- An aluminium fork instead of a steel one
- A few extra gears
- Internal cables
The extra gears are of no value to me. I tested both in the bike shop and couldn't tell the difference between aluminium and steel forks on a good road surface, which is where I do almost all my riding.
That leaves the cables. I can see that internal cables look much neater, but my friend says they'll save me money on cable replacement because they won't get dirty from road spray working into the internals.
The price difference is £100. Are they really going to save me £100 over the likely lifetime of the bike (let's say 10 years)?