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Kabong30 02-16-11 02:18 PM

Upgrading my bike and where to start?
 
Hey guys and gals, so I pulled the trigger on a Trek Navigator 2.0 about 2 weeks ago now, and I love the bike. I see all the shiny things I can add to it and I just wondered where the best place to start might be to beef the thing up.

Any input is much appreciated.

10 Wheels 02-16-11 02:21 PM

Put some miles on it and you will soon know.

bautieri 02-16-11 02:30 PM

I guess we would need to know the type of riding that you do. Typically, the first things you want to add to the bike would be a mini pump and a seat wedge containing a spare inner tube, patch kit, tire levers, multi tool, and a $1 bill. Why a dollar? The material that dollar bills are made of makes a perfect tire boot in the event you slash your tire. Fold the dollar up tight and place it on the inside of the tire against the slashed case, then remount and inflate your tube. It should get you home.

Or swap that one dollar out for a twenty so you have cab fare. Remember the golden rule of bicycling. You will only break down when you have no cellular coverage.

Kabong30 02-16-11 02:45 PM

Ok, that is a good idea on the bag. Right now, I'm just doing my best to get a couple of miles in everyday. Down the road I want to be able to to the 18 mile (round trip) commute between my house and office.

bautieri 02-16-11 02:55 PM

Then it's defiantly a good idea to start with some means of repairing a flat tire. Other neat do-dads: a cycle computer to track your mileage and speed, a rear blinking light like the Planet Bike Super Flash, and a headlight!

Spending other people's money is awesome :D!!!

Wogster 02-16-11 03:05 PM

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Originally Posted by bautieri (Post 12235413)
I guess we would need to know the type of riding that you do. Typically, the first things you want to add to the bike would be a mini pump and a seat wedge containing a spare inner tube, patch kit, tire levers, multi tool, and a $1 bill. Why a dollar? The material that dollar bills are made of makes a perfect tire boot in the event you slash your tire. Fold the dollar up tight and place it on the inside of the tire against the slashed case, then remount and inflate your tube. It should get you home.

Or swap that one dollar out for a twenty so you have cab fare. Remember the golden rule of bicycling. You will only break down when you have no cellular coverage.

If the cell phone isn't getting coverage, how are you going to call a cab? A piece of Tyvek about 10cm square will do the same job, if you know someone doing some building ask for a small piece of the house wrap, it works just as well.

BigUgly 02-16-11 03:50 PM

Where's the pictures? Everyone keeps saying they are getting new bikes but not providing pictures. Let's see the new ride!!

Possibly a better seat. Some of the stock seats that come with new bikes are not usually comfortable on long rides. Water bottle cages if it doesn't already have them.

Kabong30 02-16-11 04:16 PM

I'll get a pic up in a bit :) The seat is pretty good, but I'm finding that any discomfort seems to be caused by wardrobe, which is another issue I'm looking to address soon. What do you guys think about clip-in pedals?

b_young 02-16-11 04:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Kabong30 (Post 12235976)
What do you guys think about clip-in pedals?

Depends on what you are doing. I like them for long rides and training type rides. Trips to the store or my commute I don't like them as much. Set them loose at first until you get the hang of it.

Kabong30 02-16-11 04:52 PM

I was thinking something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-PD-A53...7896714&sr=1-1

mdohertyjr 02-16-11 05:17 PM

Although I agree with everyone in the thread, you MUST get one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/M-Wave-650088-...7898224&sr=1-1

jr59 02-16-11 05:22 PM

I'm thinking that you should first learn how to fix a flat and buy a flat kit, with some way to carry it!
Then a water bottle and cage.

Then go ride the bike! Go have fun. There is plenty of time to buy bike swag.
If you do things this way, you will not buy a lot of stuff that looks/sounds great, but rarely is.

longbeachgary 02-16-11 05:24 PM

Just ride.

Mr. Beanz 02-16-11 05:46 PM

Ride it, have them eadjust the rear wheel spoke tension at about 200 miles or you WILL be forced to upgrade ther rear wheel real soon!:D

Don't let them yank your chain with a simple true of the wheel, check and adejust the "tension" for miles and miles of happiness or get screwed, your choice.:D

lucienrau 02-16-11 05:53 PM

Ride then add as needed. That being said, I'd add some water bottles & cages and some sort of saddle bag that will hold a patch kit, multi-tool, wallet and cell phone.

skilsaw 02-16-11 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Kabong30 (Post 12236220)
I was thinking something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-PD-A53...7896714&sr=1-1

I have that style of pedal on both my bikes. Great for going to the store, and for long rides on the weekend.

skilsaw 02-16-11 06:48 PM

has anybody suggested a lock? I go for Kryptonite locks so Superman can't steal my bike but there are other good brands of U locks available.

Kabong30 02-16-11 07:25 PM

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...0/IMG_0241.jpg
Here's the bike. I'm gonna take a freebie flat fix and basic maintenance class from the LBS and get my kit together. I really appreciate the advice all, I'm gonna keep putting miles on it, and meet needs as they crop up (or as they scream out at me from the shelf LOL).

longbeachgary 02-16-11 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Kabong30 (Post 12236956)
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...0/IMG_0241.jpg
Here's the bike. I'm gonna take a freebie flat fix and basic maintenance class from the LBS and get my kit together. I really appreciate the advice all, I'm gonna keep putting miles on it, and meet needs as they crop up (or as they scream out at me from the shelf LOL).

How tall are you? Looks like a small bike.

Kabong30 02-16-11 07:41 PM

It's a 21" and I'm 6'3. It fits quite well, I think maybe the photo screws with the perspective.

captainkanji 02-16-11 08:34 PM

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First major upgrade I needed was custom wheels. The stock tires would go flat just by looking at them funny. I'm 270lbs so it's rough on my wheels. Have Sun CR-18 rims (36 hole), DT spokes, Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires (very nice), Shimano DH-3N72 dyno in front. Feels rock solid. I don't worry about pinch flats anymore going over those darned railroad tracks. Next month I'll get the Supernova E3 dyno lights for it.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=190244http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=190245

Burton 02-16-11 08:36 PM

Some notes from someone that took most accessories OFF!
 
I guess its pretty easy to get sucked into buying accessories - at least it was (is) for me.

The water bottle cages were all right, but the metal ones tend to scratch the bottles so eventually I went with plastic ones.

And water bottles! Tried plastic, stainless steel, thermally insulated. They all mildew if not cleaned and washed like any other food impliment and one the waters gone -they`re empty!

So if the ride is more tha a few hours I just buy Gatorade or bottled water and have done with it. A Camelback is OK for 4L of water in cool weather, but on a hot day it just stops the perspiration from evaporating off your back.

And racks, I guess you need a rack if you want to use a bicycle bag. Eventually I decided that the rack / bag combo probably weighed more than what was going in it. We`re not talking touring here so the most I usually bring is a jacket and a change of socks. OK and maybe a spare tube and a tire iron and small pump.

Discovered that all that will fit in a tiny kayak bag that can be rolled to fit the contents, clipped around the rear stays and held against the seatpost with a velcro strap. When its empty, it can be rolled to a ridiculously small size and the strap isn`t needed.

Of course I had to try one of those goodies that measured top speed, distance, average speed, candance etc etc etc. It got boring real fast. Who cares really? I`m not training - I`m supposed to be going out for fun!

A tool kit? The bike gets maintenaince so regularly that the only time I`d consider bringing anything other than a spare tube and tire lever and pump would be if the trip spanned several days - which hardly ever happens. And actually I only bring those so I can bail out someone else if necessary too.

Fenders are very much a necessity in the winter, and something I`d keep on if the bike was a commuter cause I`d have to drive in the rain. But for a recreational bike I`d rather spend the money on ice-cream.

So aside fom the water bottle cages - the only thing I`ve actually found that attaches to a bike and is really usefull is a mount for an iPhone on the handlebars. And thats only because using the GPS capability and the Google mapping functionality makes it a breeze to see where you are relative to where you want to go.

And thats only useful because I often have to drive to addresses that I`ve never been to before.

So the only thing you should really consider a priority besides a light if you drive at night is money for ice-cream. And the best place I`ve found for a light is on the helmet anyway.

On the other hand - some of those accessories do make good paperweights.

10 Wheels 02-16-11 08:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Kabong30 (Post 12236956)
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...0/IMG_0241.jpg
Here's the bike. I'm gonna take a freebie flat fix and basic maintenance class from the LBS and get my kit together. I really appreciate the advice all, I'm gonna keep putting miles on it, and meet needs as they crop up (or as they scream out at me from the shelf LOL).

Nice looking bike, have fun with it.

Kabong30 02-16-11 08:56 PM

^
Thanks, man! :D

Seve 02-16-11 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Kabong30 (Post 12236220)
I was thinking something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-PD-A53...7896714&sr=1-1

x 2
I have a set of those as well on my hybrid and find them to be great.

Nice bike, so have fun with it. :thumb:


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