thanks for all the info over the last year. i have learned a ton from all your experience, and a little from all your BS. anyways, my wife and i are moving to thailand next summer, and i am trying to figure out the ideal setup for my bike. right now i am riding a semi-decent reynolds frame in the form of a raleigh super course. i run some thin tires, like 19 or 20's, and a front brake.
i have been to the city we are moving to a couple of times and i know i need to make some changes, but i am not even sure of al my options, much less the best bang for the buck. i will be selling all my excess bike stuff in order to purchase some upgrades, but i really don't want to spend more than $150 on these upgrades:
1. new tires - the conditions i will be riding on are not ideal - i want some tread for better traction and protection, but also kinda thin(to fit in my fork and speed issues)
2. new bars - right now i have classic drops, but i want a more heads-ups position becasue of the traffic there. not sure if i should look at riser bars (i like the look of those little beefy ones) or if i should try the flop and chop...keep in mind i have a road stem
3. any other changes that you think would be cost effective and helpful in an urban environment with bad traffic and less than perfect streets
thanks a lot!