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Old 08-04-08, 01:41 AM   #1
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need help on upgrading my bike, i don't know where to start




I've already upgrade to clipless pedals, what should i start with next. i know people hate this bike, cause they think its crap, but i'm still out on the road everday.

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Old 08-04-08, 04:33 AM   #2
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Hi-

As long as you're out there riding and having fun with it, who cares what you're riding.

If you're serious about upgrading some suggestions might be.....
> shifters and deraillers: upgrade to 105 or Ultegra (you can get good deals on eBay if you know what it is you want)
> this would be the shifters, the rear derailler, and the front derailler: you'll need to know the following:
1) front derailleur: does your bike need a braze on or clamp on derailler and what size (ask at a bike
shop if you're not sure)
2) front and rear derailleur: are you running a triple or a double chainring
3) front and rear derailleur: do you want a 9 or 10 speed

I'd start there and see how you like it. If you want to keep upgrading.....
> crank and bottom bracket: things you'll need to know / find out
1) do you want a double or triple chainring
2) bottom bracket: english or italian thread
3) bottom bracket: what size
4) make sure the bottom bracket and the crank are compatable

If you upgrade much more than this, you should look at wheels and tires and seat post. Remember, most of this stuff can be transferred to another frame if you decide, after upgrading, that you want a new, different frame.

hope that helps- good riding!
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Old 08-04-08, 04:53 AM   #3
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Wheels- I believe that bike has an old style screw on freewheel, so I would upgrade that to a cassette type, but you would also need to upgrade the shifters, chain and possibly derailers.

It would be quite expensive.
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I'd ride the heck out of it, fix anything that breaks and save up for your next bike. In the long run, you'll have a much better bike for less money buying a new bike (or good used bike) instead of upgrading what you've got.
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Yeah, anytime something goes, replace it. You'll learn a lot that way and won't spend money on parts that don't matter.
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yeah.. i would say that its not worth upgrading...unless things start to brake. My thought is.. if you really love road riding, you should save your cash for something you will be happy with. Then, this can be your beater/coffee shop/fixed gear ride??
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ah... another brake v break confusion up above...

the only thing i'd consider replacing (vs saving up for a better frame) is the saddle. if it's good for you, though, then more power to you. if you're uncomfortable on it, though, just get a proper fitting saddle - you'll enjoy riding a lot more, even if you're still at the same speed .
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I'd ride the heck out of it, fix anything that breaks and save up for your next bike. In the long run, you'll have a much better bike for less money buying a new bike (or good used bike) instead of upgrading what you've got.
Agree. Ride it, fix it when it breaks, as long as it is not too expensive to fix, and save for a better bike. And when it is in bad shape, might make a decent single speed bike.
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meeeeee

i wouldnt go spending too much money on it...

BUT you shouldbuy stuff that you can take with you once you outgrow the bike. like a NICE seat or just riding clothes. that in general ill make your rides better regardless of what your on
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ah... another brake v break confusion up above...
HAHAHA...we've taken this confusion to the next level!

For upgrading, focus on the soft bits...good tires, good saddle, good grips, good brake shoes. Keep everything clean, lubricated, and adjusted. In my experience this makes even a US$150 bike quite pleasant to ride, though the shifting and braking can be a bit balky with poorly engineered index shifters, flexy derailers and calipers, and sloppy cable jobs.

+1 to everyone who says not to drop too much money on upgrading it. Even if it's blitzed with Dura Ace, XTR, Record, Red, Phil Wood, and Nitto, it's still a cheap frame. Fix what breaks, and save your pennies.
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If the seatpost is steel I'd be tempted to get a different seatpost, like a $15 kalloy uno- better adjustability and lighter wieght. That and a new seat and if your braking isn't so hot, some nice kool-stop pads would do a lot. Like others mentioned new tires if you wanted- good tires can add a lot of comfort.

Other than that, no, it's not really worth upgrading. Not simply because it's cheap but because of the realities of upgrading- components are expensive and with a cheap bike you're faced with spending more than you bought the bike for in the first place to get a significant improvement.
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Full campy Record grouppo including a neutron rear wheel to start. Once you get
accustomed to this, a front wheel compatible with the rear. Finally a search on
ebay for a Look CF frame with seat post and a new TTT or Cinelli bar and stem would
leave only a search for a comfy saddle. Use the original if you like it. That seems
one logical progression.
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Remove the kickstand to save weight. If your saddle doesn't agree with you, get one that does.

Other than that, don't waste your money replacing working components. Save it to buy a better bike later.
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