cycles? when i was totally consumed by cycling, while in my 20's i assembled a pretty decent road bike which i still ride. handmade columbus sl frame, mavic rims, and a campy nuevo record gruppo. over time as i added downtube [suntour] index shifting, look pedals, etc. this is pretty much how it is today. i've been riding a couple of hundred miles per week. the bike still rides great. i guess my question is; how much would i have to spend today to get a like level of performance? i know that today's bikes have brake lever shifters, cassette cogs, etc. when i first assembled my bike many yrs ago, it ran me about $1500 or so. is it possible to get superior performance at say a $500. price pt? any comments or recommendatios are very appreciated. i think the lack of spare parts, like close ratio freewheels are going to eventually push me to something new. thanks in advance.