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.
First off, there is nothing wrong with having an older bike. However keeping it all riding smoothly does. If you don't already have one, get a chain cleaner and keep your chain clean. Adjusting your derailers to function properly will make a world of difference as well.I would imagine you have some old school handle bars which you may like, but now the "in thing" are raiser bars, so you could look into getting a new headset and handle bars. Clip-ins are the way to go, it may take a little while to get use to clipping out but after falling over ten or so times you get the idea. The amount of help they provide is unbelievable. Other than that it is really all personal preference on how you like your bike to ride.