OK, I'm sort of just looking for justification here. I am the original owner of a '93 Trek 820 Antelope, and I am just recently getting back into biking for health benefits. Of course after riding "this old bike" for a couple months, I have the itch for "something new!"
The problem is, knowing my desire for fancy things, even a moderate new bike is going to set me back $2K, and obviously the sky's the limit. I've looked at Trek 520, a couple Surley (Troll, LHT, Bridge Club) and while they are absolutely beautiful bikes, I simply haven't yet convinced myself they are a worthwhile upgrade over my 30lb 25 year old rock solid bike. The 820 has been stored indoors 99% of the time, and only needs minimal service (new chain, new shifters & cables, new tires). So for 1/10 the cost of a new bike, I should be good to go.
Conversely, a new bike has the advantage of modern design (wheel size, frame geometry, etc) as well as A LOT lighter, and just plain cool.
So at this point, since I haven't found any super compelling reason to go with the new bike, I am really thinking of just putting a couple hundred into maintenance and be on my merry way.
My primary riding type is country roads. Mixture of tarmac and gravel. I'm too old and too overweight and too out of shape to do anything close to "mountainbiking"