Old 05-02-07, 09:50 AM
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Everything has changed since technology continually advances but the few things that stand out for me:

Clipless pedals: No more numb feet after spending a few hours in toe clips on a long ride. No more saving that one pair of shoes that had the best soles in them.

Suspension forks: I have only had a hardtail mountain bike in the past but getting a Rock Shox made a vast improvement in the pleasure of riding off pavement.

Dual Control lever: Going from friction 5 speed levers on an old 70's road bike to 7 speed indexed down tube levers on my first nice bike, '92 Trek 2100 was a step up. However converting to an 8 speed Ultegra STI on my next bike, '94 2300 was the biggest single change of improvement. Able to shift standing and more often to keep the legs fresh was such a radical departure from what I had to do before.
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