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Old 05-09-10, 12:55 PM   #1
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Torker U-District upgrades or sell off and get something else

Ok so I picked up a torker u-district thursday for $250 new best price in town. So I have taken it out for four days now and noticed some things loose like pedals so had to give the entire bike an inspection and make sure nothing else was loose. So I notice the back hub or free wheel is not completly straight and will be taking it back to get that taken care of while it is still under a week of purchase.

Ok so question for anyone that is familiar with this bike, what upgrades should I do first better hubs? Very new to single speed so just getting use to the small hills.

Or instead of upgrading consider another bike in the $350 range or save up and get something worth wild?
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Old 05-09-10, 01:08 PM   #2
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Torker's are about as cheap as they come but they are a great beginner point A to B bikes. Instead of getting a whole new bike, your best bet is to slowly upgrade the Torker's components until your ready for a new frame. Stuff like the saddle and handlebars are inexpensive things to replace that will improve your comfort. If you have the cash, replacing the wheelset will be the best and most notable upgrade you can do for your bike. Try www.bicyclewheels.com - they have lots of inexpensive track wheelsets. Try the Weinman LP18's, they're only $120 for a wheelset, or if you have more money try the Mavic CXP22's at $150. Next maybe replace the Crankset.
Once you feel your done upgrading you can start looking for new frames to transfer your parts to.

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It's a $350 bicycle, what did you expect? For a comparative, I paid $350 for the rear wheel on my fixed CrossCheck.

These bikes are mean as inexpensive entry points for people who want to do some casual riding. Decent quality, it will hold up for a couple of years, by which time you'll have relegated it to the garage/basement or moved on to higher quality.


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Try www.bicyclewheels.com - they have lots of inexpensive track wheelsets. Try the Weinman LP18's, they're only $120 for a wheelset, or if you have more money try the Mavic CXP22's at $150.
Yes, an inexpensive wheelset on an inexpensive bike is a sound investment.
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Thanks all for your response. Question I am not extremly happy with the hubs and wondering if a first investment should be in the rear hub or wheelset and if so what brand as I am new to bicycling and not familiar with best brands. Again I am riding for exercise and cruising on sunny days but would like a good hub or wheel that spins properly.

any comments are welcomed.
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