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Old 11-24-12, 02:00 PM   #1
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Affordable, High Quality Upgrades

Finally got myself a bike, 2013 Jamis Beatnik which I know the crowd here doesn't recommend but it's highly recommended for my price range by most LBS and the deal I got it for was too good to pass up. Now time to ask some questions and maybe make a few upgrades to inexpensive but good quality parts:

Saddle: The stock saddle is a pain in the balls, for distance and on bumpy roads. Any recommendation for lightweight, sturdy, comfortable saddles?

Grips: Looking for new grips for my flat bars, that will add a pop of color and feel good to hold. Oury?

Pedals: It came with cage pedals that I have some trouble getting my feet in as I take off. I ended up riding with them flipped, to use the flat area. I wanted to switch to a flat pedal, but there is some overlap which the cage might help avoid. Is a flat pedal a bad idea if there's some overlap? Are there cage pedals with a wide mouth that will make it easier to slip in to?

Looking for lightweight, inexpensive, but good quality replacements. Help and suggestions are appreciated!

Here's a shot of my ride:



Edit: Running Freewheel.

Need a head and tail light, more for riding at night and staying alive than for my own visibility. Also a helmet with a low profile. I have a Spec Align and it looks like a midget sitting on my head. Sure it's cheap and functional, but I don't mind paying a little more for something with a lower profile.

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Old 11-24-12, 02:16 PM   #2
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For the saddle, might want to try the Charge Spoon. Cheap, and a lot of people seem to like them.

Everyone like's ourys. Go for it.

As for the pedals, it takes some practice to get used to clips and straps. Keep em on for a while before you decide to switch.


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That gif rocks the caz.

I like everything about it.

I can't stop looking at it.

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Old 11-24-12, 03:42 PM   #8
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A must upgrade that is relatively easy on your wallet is a dura ace lockring. It would be leagues better than the stock lockring you have on your wheelset right now and could potentially save you headaches pertaining to stripped hubs in the long run.
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Charge Spoon. I have converted at least 12 people I know who ride various bikes to using them. I'm upgrading to a Knife for my Nature Boy soon.

Foot retention is good, so if you're going to go to a platform pedal, you're going to want some straps. I'd say keep the pedals you have and just adapt for a few months of actual riding. If you decide after you've put in the mileage you want to change still, it's at least an informed decision and not just the desire to spend money for the sake of spending.
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charge spoon, ourys++

I like fyxation gates pedals for platforms. If you're running singlespeed, straps aren't really necessary. If you're running fixed, MKS GR-9 pedals plus existing clips and straps will do the job. Getting into the pedals just takes practice.
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Old 11-24-12, 04:19 PM   #11
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r.e. helmets, if you don't want the "aero" style traditional bike helmet, the Bern Brentwood is pretty decent. Fits pretty well over the head, good coverage, and you see alot of them in city w/o them looking too ridiculous. I also see lots of Giro Reverb helmets here.
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Pedals: It came with cage pedals that I have some trouble getting my feet in as I take off. I ended up riding with them flipped, to use the flat area. I wanted to switch to a flat pedal, but there is some overlap which the cage might help avoid. Is a flat pedal a bad idea if there's some overlap? Are there cage pedals with a wide mouth that will make it easier to slip in to?
Toe-clip overlap with the front wheel is only an issue in sharp turns at low speed. Are you having problems getting your show into the clip, or flipping the pedal, or both? If you're wearing running shoes or sneakers, these tend to have pretty thick soles and fit the clips pretty tightly. Something with a thinner sole would enter the clip more readily. If you're having problems flipping the pedal up, many pedals have a small tab on the trailing edge to make this easier. I can't tell from your picture if your pedals have this, or if the tab is obscured by the pedal reflector. Some pedals, e.g. the MKS "Urban pedal" are based on an old track design with an extra-large tab to make it easier to flip the pedal:

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Are the stirrup cages flimsy or are the straps not stiff enough. Selecting a narrow soled shoe and using stiffer straps may help.
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Another satisfied Bern Brentwood owner checking in. You can read my review here.
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I have a 2012 Sputnik and I quickly switched over to MKS-GR9 pedals with medium plastic all city toeclips + double straps right away. Made it a whole lot easier to get into the clips, and it eliminated my toe overlap completely (stock clips were sized large). If you look around well enough, everything can be gotten for around $50. Check citygrounds.com.

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Thanks for all the suggestions (and the dope gif). Sold on the Bern Brentwood and the Ourys (lock on or not is another issue).

For those asking, I have problems getting the pedals flipped and easily slipping into the cage. I wear Nike Free 3.0 which have pretty thin soles, but still can't nail it. I'll try messing around for a few weeks to see if I get used to it, otherwise I'll try something else.

The Charge Spoon looks good and that's a great price but there's no way that can be comfortable, looks like there's hardly any padding at all!
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The Charge Spoon looks good and that's a great price but there's no way that can be comfortable, looks like there's hardly any padding at all!
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A must upgrade that is relatively easy on your wallet is a dura ace lockring. It would be leagues better than the stock lockring you have on your wheelset right now and could potentially save you headaches pertaining to stripped hubs in the long run.
I flipped to free wheel. Is the lockring still an important upgrade in this case?
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I flipped to free wheel. Is the lockring still an important upgrade in this case?
Nope, it would be however when ever you choose to join the dark side.
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Some pedals, e.g. the MKS "Urban pedal" are based on an old track design with an extra-large tab to make it easier to flip the pedal
I love mine, but be aware that while they may be easier to flip, they can also be harder to clip into if the cage is narrow. I had to bend my cages a little bit. You have to wear the right shoes and get used to them.
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