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    Question what are some upgrades can i do?

    so i purchased a 2012 giant roam 1 from my LBS a few months ago. I absolutely love it. But i wanted to know what upgrades can i do? so far ive recently bought a bell platinum series led headlight and taillight combo. i know i went cheap with it. but i rarely ride at night. what performance parts can i upgrade? what accessories do you guys recommend getting? ie: racks, fenders, drop bars, suspension seat tower, pedal toe clips. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbautista23 View Post
    I absolutely love it.
    Then why worry about upgrading it? Ergon grips with bar ends are a wonderful thing. Other than that, ride it, and let your needs become self-evident.

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    The point about the needs becoming self-evident is great.
    We're all different so we need different upgrades.

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    Drop bars & fenders?
    Just think of what you're saying?
    IF those 2 items together make sense, you probably should have bought a different bike!

    Just give yourself a few months before you pigeonhole yourself into something that might not turn out as you envisioned.

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    Maybe a small saddle bag that mounts under your seat, with at least the bare bones for repairing flats, and minor adjustments Etc..

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    Diamondback daylight 003.jpg
    Maybe something like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbautista23 View Post
    so i purchased a 2012 giant roam 1 from my LBS a few months ago. I absolutely love it. But i wanted to know what upgrades can i do? so far ive recently bought a bell platinum series led headlight and taillight combo. i know i went cheap with it. but i rarely ride at night. what performance parts can i upgrade? what accessories do you guys recommend getting? ie: racks, fenders, drop bars, suspension seat tower, pedal toe clips. thanks.
    Congratulations on the bike. The best way to come up with a list of useful improvements would be to simply start riding and let the shortcomings become apparent. After a few hundred miles different pedals and gearing may be more useful than fenders and a rack seem right now.

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    I bought a 2011 escape 2 last year and found the best upgrade for my ride was new pedals (platform for me).

    I bought mks lambda pedals for my big feet, and they are great.

    As others have stated, you definitely want a tire repair kit, or better yet, a spare tube, tire lever, and a mini pump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BridgeNotTunnel View Post
    I bought a 2011 escape 2 last year and found the best upgrade for my ride was new pedals (platform for me).

    I bought mks lambda pedals for my big feet, and they are great.

    As others have stated, you definitely want a tire repair kit, or better yet, a spare tube, tire lever, and a mini pump.
    Love those lambda pedals. I'm able to ride comfortably with Teva sandals to Ecco boots.

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    Its a great bike as is! Don't go spoil everything by loading it down with a bunch of accessories you won't use!

    If you're really looking to improve your biking experiemce, locate every bike shop, delicatessen, ice-cream shop, specialty cafe, park and tourist attractions within a day's drive of home base and use them as an excuse to sneek out with the bike for some ... exercise!
    Last edited by Burton; 02-23-12 at 07:32 AM.

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    Heck you'll find me in the fenders & rack camp..maybe a bar bag or front rack..really depends on what you do with it. Other thoughts will happen (as noted previously) after a few miles, pedals, saddle (ride over 10 miles a few times) gearing, stem (higher & closer usually).

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    you don't need drop bars, but a carbon flatbar would be a noticeable upgrade on gravel, bumpy pavement, fire roads etc.

    don't even think about toe clips... go straight to clipless with MTB shoes. toe clips are just as likely to make you tip over, and don't perform as well.

    besides that, I'd probably change the saddle but if you're happy with the stock saddle no need to mess with it.

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    Upgrade or accessorize.... I love my Jamis, changed to smaller and better tires, thats about it, the rest is accessories.

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    Over the years I've evolved my philosophy on upgrading to simply replacing things as they wear out with a part that offers an improvement either in durability or performance. But the part I'm upgrading to can't sacrifice durability for performance. The exception being contact points. If the seat and the tape or grips doesn't work for you, you've got to change them right away. Accessories are good though. Once you have the essentials you can pick up something new and fun occasionally and if it turns out it doesn't really end up that useful you're not out that much.
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