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Old 03-13-09, 01:00 PM
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What to Upgrade

I currently have a trek 1000 that I bought about 5 years ago. The only thing I have upgraded is clip-in pedals. Everyone I ride with now seems to have carbon fiber and plenty of upgrades. I don't have alot of money, would it make more sense to save up for a while and buy a new bike or use the money to buy upgrades and eventually have a better bike? If I need to upgrade parts what would be the first thing I need to buy?
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Old 03-13-09, 01:07 PM
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Most equipment upgrades don't make economic sense. If you think about it, what if you do improve your shifting a skosh? That's only going to benefit you during the time that you're actually shifting. In other words, >1%.

Unless you are very well fitted to your bike you can probably achieve a performance improvement by improving your position on the bike. A better quality wheelset will make a degree of improvement and you can take it with you if you ever decide to sell your present bike.
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Save your money for a new bike or whatever you need. Investing in upgrading components on a Trek 1000 is not a good economic decision. Ride it in good health.


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I have a terminal case of upgrade itis and want to get all kinds of things for my 20 year old steel bike.
I agree with Retro's logic. Good parts cost and by the time you get all the upgrades you could have bought a better bike.

I did move my DT shifters to the bar end. I like that improvement. Brifters are crazy expensive.
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Get a new bike on sale or clearance.
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I upgraded my old bike over a year then just bought a frame and did a component swap. Sold the old bike with the old stuff. It was a cool way to "save up" while enjoying the ride along the way.
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Upgrade your RAM to at least 2GB and have a zippier time on BF.
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