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Old 10-01-04, 07:36 PM   #1
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thinkings of upgrades - what should I get first?

Hi folks!

I am making up a wish list to upgrades on my bike. I decided that I want to set mileage goals and "reward" myself for sticking with it by allowing certain upgrades based on accumlated mileage.

I wanted to get everybody's input as to how important and in what order they would rank the following upgrades (and why). Something like get this first, get that last, (or #1-6 ranking) and ranging in importance from "must-have", "should have", "nice to have" to "who cares"

I'm currently riding a new entry-level steel-frame roadbike (Raleigh Sport) with Sora shifters and derailleurs and toe clips and straps. I already have bottles and cages, a frame pump and a wedge pack with tube, patch kit, multi-tool, etc. and a basic cycle computer.


Thanks for your input!

Wish list:

- Clipless pedals and shoes

- shifter upgrade from Sora 8 spd to 105's or Dura Ace so that I can shift in both directions from the drops

- Cyclocomputer with cadence

- Altimeter with memory (remembers time, date and altitude to track climbs and descents)

- fenders

- rear rack and trunk bag


Also, feel free to suggest anything I left out. Off season trainer is not really needed, since I live in Hawaii and only the occasionally heavy rain or storm is enough to keep me off the road if time and light allows it.
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Old 10-01-04, 07:42 PM   #2
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Mate, don't get to hung up on more & more bike gear as you'll
go crazy and broke fixing or adding to a good bike that ain't
broke. Just enjoy the ride and add pieces that increase the
usefullness and comfort of your bike and let the rest go.
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Old 10-01-04, 08:01 PM   #3
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2 - Clipless pedals and shoes

1 - shifter upgrade from Sora 8 spd to 105's or Dura Ace so that I can shift in both directions from the drops

3 - Cyclocomputer with cadence

4 - Altimeter with memory (remembers time, date and altitude to track climbs and descents)

5 - fenders

6 - rear rack and trunk bag


It depends on what your going to use the bike for though. If you want to use it for commuting I wouldn't get DA, I would wait for the Sora to wear out then get 105. I actually like to ride with as little gear as possible(two bottles, patch kit/spare tube, tools, $5 and a cell phone for emergencies)
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It's always about you, you, you Seriously, you start with what you need and work from there. If it's a rainy area, then fenders. If not, I'd get a rack. The Planet Bike rack is both cheap and good. Then a rack pack or panniers so you can carry some junk. Clipless pedals and shoes are nice, maybe those should be next. The rest is stricly what you're in the mood for. But I will say I have had an altimeter. and wasn't thrilled. I got some 2004 105 cranks in the spring and was very pleased with them. So I'd say go 105 except maybe the shifters. One thing that is always
first on my upgrade list is a good saddle.
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1. Clipless pedals and shoes

2. Cyclocomputer with cadence

3. shifter upgrade from Sora 8 spd to 105's or Dura Ace (theres about a $300 difference in there, FWIW, personally if the bike isn't real high end I would either go Tiagra or 105... both work fine and allow shifting from the drops)

0. Altimeter with memory (remembers time, date and altitude to track climbs and descents)

0. fenders

0. rear rack and trunk bag

The ones with 0's are just ones I couldn't rank because I could never really see the value of them since I don't use them myself. I hate having a ton of extra crap on my bikes personally.
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Sometime "prizes" give motivation. Igf you really need the parts then get them. For me my biggest prize is going to be the new ultegra crankset (when it comes out) after I complete my first century later this year
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1) Clipless shoes and pedals. This will give you a much better contact with your pedals and an improvement in transfer of power.

3) Shifter upgrade. Going from 8 speeds to 9 speeds is nice but not a real big deal.

2) Computer upgrade to cadence can be invaluable if you are working on improving your cadence. If not, don't bother.

5) Altimeter with memory. A nice thing to fool around with once you have everything else.

6) Fenders. Only if you ride often in rain. I have never used fenders and I have, oh, I guess about 20 rainy rides this year maybe more and some in near deluges. Now I can understand having fenders if you ride frequently on nasty sloppy roads especially if you are a commuter.

4) Rear Rack and trunk. If you do long rides and have a real need to be self contained, this can be invaluable. Otherwise, it can be just added weight.
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I sure wouldn't put Dura Ace on that bike. 105 is likely longer-lasting than DA and works wonderfully, and is a heck of a lot cheaper.

?? I don't know enough to know if you will need to have your fork spread to accommodate the 9 spd, but it is a possibility???

Others will know for sure, but you might check it out.

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To me, clipless pedals would be so far in front of everything else that second place would be out-of-sight.
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If you have no cyclecomputer, I would go for that first. If you have one that just doesn't have cadence, I would go for the clipless first. I wouldn't start upgrading until things start getting worn out.

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