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Old 07-26-09, 06:52 AM
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Most component upgrades don't make economic sense. Bike companies can buy components more cheaply than you can so it's generally cost-effective to sell off what you have and buy what you really want.

That said. The biggest bang-for-buck improvement that you can make is to improve your position on the bike. Lowering your torso will generally allow you ro ride one gear faster than you are now. Unfortunately, that's a change that can add up the cost pretty quickly. The biggest cost in converting to dropped bars is buying combination brake/shifter levers. There's ways around that.

Another upgrade, if you think you're going to like bicycling for a long time, is an upgraded wheelset. A better wheelset will improve your performance a little, can sometimes be a visual upgrade, and is something you can take with you when you buy your next bike.
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