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    upgrade ideas

    Yes I KNOW I JUST got the bike,
    This is just for ideas down the road, like my Birthday and Next Christmas

    Right now i Have a Stock Trek 3900

    so far the seat is my first thing to upgrade lol. it kind of hurts a bit =)

    but what are some good U/G ideas and what companies make half decent stuff, that isnt going to break a newbies wallet lol

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    What do you have besides the bike right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    Yes I KNOW I JUST got the bike,
    This is just for ideas down the road, like my Birthday and Next Christmas

    Right now i Have a Stock Trek 3900

    so far the seat is my first thing to upgrade lol. it kind of hurts a bit =)

    but what are some good U/G ideas and what companies make half decent stuff, that isnt going to break a newbies wallet lol
    Is there anything you don't like about the bike?

    Otherwise, upgrading for the sake of doing so is stupid. Wait until something breaks.

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    the seat really ticks me off lol.
    Hurts after about 5 mins ( i know i should'nt be on it much, but yea)

    and I'm thinking a better fork, only after i wear this one out, (whats average life span of a fork)
    and sometime next year when my tires start wearing out i want some beefier ones lol.

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    What make and model is your fork?

    As said before, wait until something breaks and then upgrade.

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    I have nothing but the stock bike,

    eh, let me check the fork.
    only markings on fork is
    "SR Suntour xct V-2"

    oh yea, definitely wait till it breaks, except for seat, that gotta get better lol.
    im jsut getting ahead of myself so i have lots of time to research, look, and get some good info

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    the seat really ticks me off lol.
    Hurts after about 5 mins ( i know i should'nt be on it much, but yea)

    and I'm thinking a better fork, only after i wear this one out, (whats average life span of a fork)
    and sometime next year when my tires start wearing out i want some beefier ones lol.
    Coming from being a roadie I'm a firm believer in a good pair of padded shorts. Doesn't have to be lycra, just something with some padding.

    Edit: And with due time and mileage the soreness will stop.

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    You're better off just saving for a better bike.

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    Clipless pedals are an efficient upgrade too.
    And mcoine there's a lot of up fron tcost involved with a new bike, as opposed to slowly upgrading and that's hard for a young kid - a category which im assuming the OP fits into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoine View Post
    You're better off just saving for a better bike.
    Because he doesn't like the seat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_neon View Post
    Because he doesn't like the seat?
    No, upgrading the seat for comfort reasons would be fine, but the bike isn't worth upgrading other parts just for the sake of upgrading.

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    Don't worry about upgrading anything until you get some miles on it and get to know the bike better. If you want birthday gifts how about a seat pack or a CamelBack or some tools and a patchkit and pump or a repair manual. Some gloves, shorts, jersey. Don't forget a helmet if you don't have one.

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    Some delicious Lycra or Baggy shorts would be excellent. I wear Lycra, but I see most MTB'ers rocking baggies on the trails.

    Also, the padding goes in the shorts, not the seat.

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    those Trek stock seats are the worst ever ...

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    Helmet, Camelbak, gloves, killer socks (I personally love the Pearl Izumi brand Pi) how about a small pump for those flats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoine View Post
    No, upgrading the seat for comfort reasons would be fine, but the bike isn't worth upgrading other parts just for the sake of upgrading.
    +1, I wouldn't upgrade a 3900. Well, maybe, if you know how to work on bikes, have access to good used parts cheap. That might work.
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    I'd focus on gear that isn't necessarily the bike itself. Get a pump, patch kit and some tubes, I recommend a topeak road or mountain morph. Bike shorts are also a good idea. I wouldn't spend a lot of money upgrading a 3900, but remember guys, components put on this bike can always be transferred to another frame down the road. I wouldn't recommend clipless pedals/shoes until you get the hang of the sport. At this point you're just working on basic biking fitness and handling skills.

    Other than that get out and ride.

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    This weekend Hitting some Trails around here.
    Can't Wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_S View Post
    I'd focus on gear that isn't necessarily the bike itself. Get a pump, patch kit and some tubes, I recommend a topeak road or mountain morph. Bike shorts are also a good idea. I wouldn't spend a lot of money upgrading a 3900, but remember guys, components put on this bike can always be transferred to another frame down the road. I wouldn't recommend clipless pedals/shoes until you get the hang of the sport. At this point you're just working on basic biking fitness and handling skills.

    Other than that get out and ride.
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    Upgrade to new high power quads. They will increase the speed of most bikes.
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    Other than the seat the only things I would recommed you change on the bike are the grips (if you don't like them), tires, and if you want to later on get some clipless pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheeto View Post
    This weekend Hitting some Trails around here.
    Can't Wait!
    So you haven't been on a trail yet. You haven't crashed on it yet. And, yet, you want to upgrade?
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    So you haven't been on a trail yet. You haven't crashed on it yet. And, yet, you want to upgrade?
    Sounds like Wheelhot! His bike was on order for a year, and the entire time he waited, he posted threads asking what to upgrade.

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