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Old 03-30-09, 06:24 AM   #1
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What should i change first?

I have a Dawes SST, the $320 one from bikesdirect.
But I would like to start making it a little less stock, it is stripped and painted and i chopped about an inch and a half off the bullhorns, but thats not enough.
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Also if you have the same bike and a picture of it I would like too see.
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how about a comfy saddle, and good pedals?
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First thing you should change is the points where you body meets the bike. You have already modified the handlebars, so look at the saddle and pedals next. The more comfy these things are the more comfy you will be and be able to put in miles pain free. Otherwise use the pieces on it till they break and save for the pieces that you really want as you use the stock stuff out.

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oh, and a good stem, not a fan of the stocker on that bike.
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Old 03-30-09, 06:39 AM   #5
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Wow didnt think about the saddle, but now that you mention it its a good idea.
I changed to metal pedal clips, but what is the difference in getting a new pedal?
Also, yeah i have been looking for a new stem, havent found the right one yet, i love the look of the nitto lugged, but the price is a little much it seems.
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do you most of your riding down in lavalette? i'm interested in some good jersey shore routes for this summer.
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There is a really good route here down to the end of Island Beach State Park.if you go from point pleasant to there and back it will probably be 60 miles. But if you just do Island Beach its about 20 miles back and forth, however its beautiful there, lots of nature and scenery. You wouldnt think you were in NJ.
Just dont go on a west wind in the summer, the flies will eat you.
If you ever do come, message me, i am always looking to ride with someone.
If you sneak in at night, its more stars then you will ever see in new jersey.
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in order:

1) headset
2) pedals
3) saddle
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