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    reface my bike

    OK I have a giant atx 870 frame in very good condition. I was going to buy a new bike but i thought to invest in mine. I want to know for around 150 $ what would you recommend to have done to my bike. I will use for light commuting very rarely off road. I live Hbg PA as far as weather. From frame of tire to new gears and breaks.

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    Can't recommend anything since we don't know what the condition of the bike is.
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    the bike is excellent condition less then 50 miles in 12 years. just looking to upgrade

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    Semi slick tires, decent saddle, and grips.

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    What is Hbg PA?

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    Oh yeah, no matter where you live a set of good brake pads is a nice idea. Get Kool Stops with salmon compound - the MTB model if it fits.

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    With only 50 miles on it, we can assume the bike is mechanically "as new". As the guys said, a pair of slick tires will increase your "road" comfort a great deal. Keep your chain lubed and your DRs adjusted and you should be good to go.
    Not much sense dropping megabucks on "upgrades" in most cases; money better spent on a different bike.

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    Hbg is Harrisburg, PA.

    I'd get:
    - New brake pads (Koolstops)
    - New tires (slicks if you predominately do street riding... I like my 26x1.5 tires. You'd also need new tubes)
    - Solid fork (again, if you want to do street riding, get rid of shocks. They soak up a lot of energy)
    - Lubes (for chain, cables, etc.)

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    If you want it to do serious road work, then:

    1: I'll reiterate slicks. I like the Bontrager Road Warriors a lot.
    2: Change the fork out for a lightweight rigid one. You've probably got an extra two pounds on that fork.
    3: A complex solution: You may find that you can't get in a high enough gear. If that's the case, I'd hunt around for a used road chainwheel/crank in the 48-52 tooth range. That may make it so your front derailleur no longer really works (you'll at least have to move it up the frame), so you might need a new front derailleur. Fortunately, front derailleurs are really cheap (~$10 on Ebay all the time).
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