Originally Posted by rabbit
Carbon fiber not as tasty as Jello. You are correct, Sir, that the materials and process are analogous. Polyester and silica glass are less expensive, discounting the labour cost advantage of Taiwan, Korea, and the Chinese mainland. I still have my Kestrel road bike but I put over 15,000 miles on a cheap (8C$US) Trek 1400. Aluminum kicks your arse but makes for a stiff bracket and efficient power transfer. Carbon likewise.
I have a 1989 Trek 1400, in pristine shape. Like the 820 of the same vintage, it started at it's best, then went cheaper over time.
I just got this 1400 this year (glued frame aluminum). It is my first roadbike...Very fast, but I don't see getting used to the 3position bars. I'm thinking of trying bullbars maybe next year.
At any rate I'll keep my modified 1989 820 (definitely not waterpipe) along with the rest of the stable, four of the six are American made, the other two are novelties (a Revive and a DaHon).