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Old 07-22-08, 08:46 PM   #1
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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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Old 07-22-08, 09:22 PM   #2
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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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