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    bikegeekmn bikegeekmn's Avatar
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    best and worst $100 or under upgrade

    what is the best $100 (or under) upgrade you've made ?
    with that please include the worst upgrade you've made ($100 or under)
    whatever kind of bike you ride road ,tandem ,recumbent, MTB -any.
    my best would be parallel-push xt front and arch rival rear v-brakes for my mtb(e-bay kept it under $100).
    my worst would be aero bars without armrests for my road bike.
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    Miyata 710
    04'Fisher cake
    Nashbar road bike: dt shifter 7sp freewheel
    89' Miyata Quick cross
    85'? Lotus Grand Prix Luxe-Trailer duty
    Giant fcr1
    63' schwinn-full fendered
    81' Lotus Classique


    usually a couple flippers-mostly MTBs
    many unfinished salvage bikes/framesets-want one?

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    bikegeekmn bikegeekmn's Avatar
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    After review I upgrade my road fork from steel to carbon (Easton EC-30-$90 Nashbar)that I would rate above the V-brake upgrade although I am very fond of them, I would have to give the nod to the fork.
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    Miyata 710
    04'Fisher cake
    Nashbar road bike: dt shifter 7sp freewheel
    89' Miyata Quick cross
    85'? Lotus Grand Prix Luxe-Trailer duty
    Giant fcr1
    63' schwinn-full fendered
    81' Lotus Classique


    usually a couple flippers-mostly MTBs
    many unfinished salvage bikes/framesets-want one?

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    Wookie Fred chewybrian's Avatar
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    Mirracycle Mountain Mirror--perfect! @$20

    Third Eye Eyeglass Mirror--useless! @$20, plus disposal fees
    Campione Del Mondo Immaginario

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    Gitane Fix(at)ed
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    Nice Gitane Fixed Gear, Cheap and cheerful rigid MTB, Wonky commuter, A fully 105 road bike with a pipe steel frame
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    Best upgrades:
    - Shimano Acera V-brakes, much better than the cheap ones that my bike came with.
    - Brooks B17 saddles for 3 of my 4 bikes
    - Tektro R200A brake levers with a nice quick-release
    - a Pedro Trixie tool

    Worst bike related buys:
    - a supposedly nice Zefal pump that never worked as expected; I ended up hitting the wall with the pump from frustration
    - a wireless speedometer that 10% of the time showed some crazy speed, totally messing up the statistics

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    Best; Speedplay Drillium pedals ($97)
    Worst; Cat Eye Wireless Computer ($49) Threw it out the first week. Nothing wrong with it, other than 'who needs it'. bk

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    Best- Kool Stop brake pads
    Worst- Park Tools chain cleaner. Cracked and broke after 4 uses.

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    Best: Reelight bike lights
    Best: Any Brooks seat appropriate for your bike
    Worst: Topeak handle bar bag. Busted twice in 2 uses.

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    Best: Adamo Race Saddle (retail is way more than $100, but can be had this cheap on ebay)
    Worst: Tektro road brakes... Just cause of the factory pads that make me think I was gonna die.
    2009 BD Mercier Galaxy AL/Campy Veloce/PZ Aero Bars/Fulcrum 5's
    2008 Argon 18 Mercury/Dura Ace/Vision base Zipp Aero/Fulcrum 5's/Wheelbuilder Disc
    1992 Trek Antelope 800/Shimano 100/Some Cheap 26"wheel

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    best
    rear rack that comes in handy for hauling stuff
    panaracer tourguide tires
    worst
    plastic water bottles that had the water tasting like plastic

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    Best: $85 IGH rear wheel.

    Worst: A $45 gator skin tire that couldn't handle 100 miles of greenway riding.

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    I think my favorite upgrade so far has been my fenders. I don't know what it is, they just make me happy. Wet roads? No problem! Dirt and gravel? No problem? Liquid manure truck? No problem!

    I haven't been through a winter yet, so I don't know how quickly they'll muck up with slush and snow, but I absolutely love 'em. $40, Planet Bike "Hardcore" yellow hi-viz fenders. They look good, too!


    My most useful upgrade would absolutely have to be my rack ($40 Axiom Odyssey) and panniers (Nashbar ATB panniers, christmas present from my wife). Being able to carry stuff on the bike makes it genuinely useful, instead of just fun.


    I don't know that I have a "worst" upgrade. I bought a Nashbar 7-speed mountain cassette that I don't really care for -- it feels cheap and flimsy, like it was stamped out of tin-can metal.

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    There can't be just one!

    Schwalbe Marathon Supremes
    B-Dop Cycling - Super DeLuxe Dashboard
    Mountain Myrricle rear view mirror
    Ergon Grips
    B-17 (Honey - because that color is so nice to look at)
    Kool Stop Pads
    Small nylon camera bag as a stem bag - for money, ID, and cellphone. $5 at Walgreens.
    Performance Grocery Panniers
    Various BRIGHT front and rear lights

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    Good:

    Salsa Halter Top Levers: nice quality and design, great feel
    Topeak Road Morph: great...except the *** mount
    Ergon GC2 grips: even if I paid too much @ the LBS ($47)

    Not-so-good:

    Tektro Cross Levers: they do work, but they're junk in comparison to the Salsa levers
    Blackburn Airstik: great mount! *** pump!

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    Good
    - a decent light, a Dinotte 200L ($100 exactly).
    - A lumotec cyo for my bike that came with a dymamo hub with that craptastic shimano dynamo light. If it (the shimano light) had a standlight, it would have been semi-useful, but without one it was a "be seen" light that turned off when I stopped - uuuuuuugh.

    Worst
    - a bell that mounted to the...thing that holds the stem onto the frame. It's always getting in the way when I need to walk my bike while carrying something else (which happens quite often as I live in an apartment and drive to meet people to go biking).
    - Specialized Taho mountain bike shoe:


    For one thing, the next day I realized that Specialized made the "Sonoma" shoe which is a lot more normal looking:


    For another, I found out I really don't like biking in "casual" shoes. It's not a performance thing at all, but I find the less-than-stiff sole to be rather uncomfortable while actually biking. I prefer to either walk around in a mountain bike shoe with a hard sole, or simply wear normal shoes (I got the Crank Brothers Acid pedals for my normal bike so I can use it with normal shoes for short trips).

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    Best: Brooks B17 or Fenix L2D
    Worst: Forte Campus pedals

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    Some of my favorite bicycles were had for less than $100.
    1993 Cannondale T700 - 1994 Specialized Rockhopper - Actionbent T1 (Electrification in progress!)

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    Best: Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires for my cargo bike. Very durable tire that solved the troubles of routine flats.

    Shimano SLX rear derailleur for a Bike Friday Pocket Llama. Very crisp shifting, very nice profile for clearing the ground and fitting into the suitcase.

    NiteRider Minewt Mini USB. Not the most powerful light, but I have used mine on my bike tours in combination with a Brunton Solaris USB and a Solo 3.4 and enjoyed endless, useful lighting, free of needing wall sockets.

    Planet Bike Superflash: $13.50 at Mountain Equipment Co-op, incredibly good rear light for the price category.

    Worst:

    Axiom roadrunner fenders. The bolts rusted, the stays shifted, the plastic snapped. The overall life span was a measly 4 months.

    BLT Firewire 4.0. HORRIBLE. Tape a cheap flashlight to your bars and get the same experience at 1/10th the cost.
    Better yet, buy yourself a decent flashlight and do the same, for less. This light was pathetically weak, with absolutely no light focusing.

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    Out of many:

    Best - Avid Single Digit 7 v-brakes for my hybrid.

    Worst - A Finish Line chain-cleaner similar to Park's. Piece of utter junk that will bankrupt you if you use their products in it as they tell you to.
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

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    Best: X.9 shifters, tied with Time ATAC pedals.
    Worst: Wellgo 823 SPD clones. May still have one buried in my garage wall where I threw it in frustration.

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    I just ordered a pair of Planet Bike Blaze 2 Watt headlights

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