A few newbie questions
Been reading up on the forum and learning alot but I had a couple Q's. I currently have a 2001 Trek 4500 completely stock. It's in decent shape, since I mainly used it to ride to class and have taken it on the trail maybe 15-20 times.
I am going to be doing an off-road triathlon at the end of August, its only a 5mi bike ride. I have also started riding more on trails - mainly single track, with some roots and rocks not major drops, etc.
I was thinking about upgrading the components on the bike some since it is fairly old. I don't want to spend a ton of dough (of course) since its an older bike. I was considering getting a used set of shox to replace mine. Looked at the RS tora ~$100, but most of the used ones have been cut down...not sure what length steer tube i need.
Should I look into clipless pedals and shoes...or maybe just some cages?
What other components could I upgrade for relatively cheap that may make a decent impact on the bikes performance? I am not looking to get top of the line equipment just upgrade to newer more reliable technology.
What kind of maintenance should I do to get it in tip top shape? Any good guides online? Thanks for all the help.