Hite Rite, high-dollar chain and a fourth chainring
You guys are geniuses compared to me...My first dumb purchase, about 1984, was a Hite Rite for my mountain bike, a spring that raised and lowerd the seat automatically when you reached back--going full bore through technical terrain--and released, then tightened your seat post QR (http://www.firstflightbikes.com/_bor...renchHite.JPG). Thornproof tubes were up there, too. They rode like they were carved out of mahogany. High-dollar chains are another. I've tried every kind of chain you can think of, from $9 cheapies to $60 "premium" versions, and at least on my bikes, there's not a dime's worth of difference in noise, shifting or life. I use $12 SRAM chains on everything now, no complaints at all. And way back in the '80s, I bought a converter to add a fourth, 12-tooth chainring inside the small ring on my Mongoose mountain bike. It cost $29 when that was a lot of money, and it went on fine--but the derailleur wouldn't shift down to it. I carried that thing around for three years.
Nothing wrong with CoolMax shorts, though, IMO . I love those things in the summertime.