Just brought my 2010 Trek 1.5 into my LBS to get a tune up. They quoted me 475 based on needing to replace both rims as well as the slightly bent handlebars. Which gave me pause in that maybe I should just buy a new bike instead.
LBS guy said that I could've prevented some of the rim damage if I cleaned the bike between rides to prevent salt buildup on the pads and such. I use the bike to commute to work, and last thing I want to do when I get home after a 15 hour shift is wipe down my gross wet bike.
So: Do I fix my bike or get a new one, maybe something like the Specialized Allez Elite? Or is that just going to require the same level of repair in a year, and not end up saving me any hassle? Or if I do get a new bike, would I be better off getting something a little less delicate and more forgiving to the rough environment of winter in upstate NY?