The Improbable Bulk
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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I vote for buy a new bike as well.
By the time you get half way done you will have doubled your investment in the bike, and still have a cheap bike with expensive components.
What problems bother you most about the extra weight?
You will gain signioficantly in three ways by lowering weight.
1) Climbing hills.
3) Lifting the bike onto a rack
Any other gains are mental.
If the climbing and accelerating are issues, and you have any body weight you can lose, it is a better method to lose weight.
For lifting the bike onto a rack, you may be better served by lifting the bike as exercise... Perhaps some curls etc.
Upgrading the components will be expensive in dollars and effort. If you are hoping to spread the cost by doing it a part at a time, ride the heck out of this bike while saving for a new one. When you get the new one you may really feel the difference, and you will be in better shape too.
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