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New to cycling, some suggestions needed for current bike set up.

Old 05-18-20, 11:36 PM
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New to cycling, some suggestions needed for current bike set up.

Whatís up guys Iím fairly new to cycling, I got myself a vilano aluminum road bike commuter bike Shimano 21 speed 700c.

I have duro tires 700c x 25 on the front and rear and run 110psi front and 120psi rear as Iím 5í9 and weigh 220lbs.

My bike ride includes a commute of 14mi round trip with decently paved roads with no major uphills. I average about 15 mph when riding at the moment.

I have about $500 to upgrade my bike, which I quickly realized it isnít much in this sport.

what do you guys suggest I should buy first?

Advise and suggestions are greatly appreciated.


Here are the tech specs

54cm frame
Frame: 6061 Double Butted Aluminum Frame, lightweight
  • Fork: Hi-Ten Steel
  • Shifters: Shimano A050 Thumb Shifters. Indexed 7-Speed, Front Friction 3-Speed
  • Brakes: Alloy Caliper Steel, Dual Brake Levers
  • Speeds: 21 Speed Bike
  • Wheels: 700c Double Walled CNC Machined Sides. Alloy.
  • Saddle: Urban Commuter
  • Seatpost: Alloy
  • Handlebar: Alloy
  • Includes Platform Pedals
  • Water Bottle and Rear Rack Mount Points
  • Weight Fully Assembled: 26.5 lbs.
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Old 05-18-20, 11:43 PM
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Run this bike into the ground and save money up for something of quality. I wouldn't really put money towards a Vilano or similar bike unless I absolutely had to to make it work because I had zero other options.
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Old 05-19-20, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
Run this bike into the ground and save money up for something of quality. I wouldn't really put money towards a Vilano or similar bike unless I absolutely had to to make it work because I had zero other options.
Iíll see how long this thing will last, thanks for advice.
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Old 05-19-20, 01:10 AM
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.......IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!!!!!

It is a perfectly adequate bicycle.
Why would you even think of spending $500 to attempt to upgrade a perfectly functional ( $200 when new) bicycle??

Keep the cash in your wallet! The bike is fine. You're not competing in races or in Triathlons. As you mention, there are no significant hills where you ride.

I would say that sure, possibly spend money on a saddle that you find comfortable, if the current saddle is uncomfortable.
Buy a new set of tires if you don't like the bare bones budget Duros which may not be as good as budget tires from other tire makers.
If the current tires have a good ride and are in good condition, just ride on and only replace the tires when necessary.

Hey, if you really want to turn heads and have a little fun doing that..........................Many international sellers make highly accurate, complete, reproduction bicycle decal sets...................EddyMerckx, COLNAGO, MASI, BIANCHI, SPECIALIZED, hundreds of current and vintage sets from every high-end, and common-everyday not so exclusive marque from the beginning of time, or at least from 1950 to the present day....................................for example FAVORIT, not really prized and very low value but not often seen in North America---------------the main thing is they had some very colorful graphic decals nearly sixty years ago..........PEUGEOT is another marque that had a few striking decal sets from long ago, that you may see.............................. For about $20 to $35 tops with Free Shipping, there are specialists in the UK that reproduce superb quality decal sets from nearly a hundred vintage and current bikes.
You can have a little fun! Drive the "serious afficianados" crazy with just a re-badged upgrade with a full decal set from a "prestige", "exclusive" bike.
You can even mix portions from different year sets, or portions from different brand's sets to make something that might just do the trick.
That would be a fun way to throw about $20 to $40 away. You can upgrade the Vilano this way. You could "downgrade" it too by Western Flyer, JC Higgins, or some of the other decals that you can find remanufactured from various sellers.
Upgrade it with a vintage BIANCHI decal set or any of the classic EddyMerckx variations over the years, and you will be certain to "get the attention" of serious cyclists and you might enjoy doing that. I would even suggest posting up photos of your quasi classic once you've badge upgraded it. You might enjoy making the "serious afficianados" go bee-zerk when they see something like that. It is your bike. Have fun with it. Enjoy it for what it is, - an adequate, functional, bicycle that probably is better than most people realize.

Make certain to always wear a helmet!
Have fun.
If you want to add inexpensive items, like saddle bag, or triangle frame bag, or a rear view mirror, or bell, or something like that, do it.
Keep the Cash in your Wallet and just ride on as you'll have as much fun on that bike as you would on any $7000 bike considering how and where you ride today.
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Old 05-19-20, 04:41 AM
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Agree with the previous comments about not upgrading much, would add:

When you need new tires, I would go wider and lower pressure. I weigh 225 and have over the years moved to 32mm at 80 psi. There is lots of good science that unless you are a racer, wider/lower pressure is just as fast (if not faster), more comfortable, less flat-prone.

If you have to carry stuff to work on your commute, you could go old school and add a rear rack or look at today's bikepacking-style bags.

You knew the speed you are currently riding at, so maybe you already have a bike trip computer kind of deal. If you are the type that likes to look at numbers and totals and averages, you could upgrade to a Wahoo/Garmin kind of smart bike computer and maybe a Strava subscription or just use free web services for tracking.

Then there are the three places you body contacts the bike:
  • You didn't mention pedals - you could decide to move to clipless if not there already. That would mean new shoes and new pedals.
  • I've become a fan of cushy bar tape - that's an cheap and easy one. Gloves may be enough, or those well paved roads may not require either.
  • If you start doing longer rides and begin to hate your seat, first check your bike fit. Then, see if a local bike shop will loan you a seat or two to try and see if a change in seat makes a difference.
But, no need to spend until you ride enough and start to feel the need for one of those things! My first hybrid/commuter bike: I immediately put a rear rack on to carry change of clothes in to work, never really added much after that, other than moving to wider tires when tires wore out.

Oh, one last thing you may already have: a good lock for times when you are riding other than to/from work.
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Originally Posted by gusbusters View Post
Whatís up guys Iím fairly new to cycling, I got myself a vilano aluminum road bike commuter bike Shimano 21 speed 700c...
My bike ride includes a commute of 14mi round trip with decently paved roads with no major uphills. I average about 15 mph when riding at the moment.
I have about $500 to upgrade my bike, which I quickly realized it isnít much in this sport.
what do you guys suggest I should buy first?
Good on you for joining the forum. The fun part of bicycling is the utilitarian nature of the activity. Transportation like commuting to school, or maybe even to work. Then there is leisure rides and exercise. Of course there is also professional cycling, like the Tour de France. In Los Angeles there is even a Velodrome from the 1984 Summer Games, or mountain bike all over the place.

My suggestion is learn all there is about your bike. There is a reason it has those specifications. Soon youíll learn the jargon. There is tons of jargon. Eventually, as you use your bike, you may learn how to fix it and develop experience riding. For example, you need a rack to transport to the beach, or you need a frame pump, or you have to replace that bolt that you accidentally stripped off. And there are plenty of needs, like a computer, a light, new pedals, better shorts, a cooler helmet....Then that $500 is getting used up. Even better, you realize you want another type of bike, or a better one. You now know why you NEED carbon fiber, but first you decide on classic steel. LOL

Iím kinda repeating what others have said, so enjoy riding, and use this forum to improve and reach some goals.
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Originally Posted by gusbusters View Post
Whatís up guys Iím fairly new to cycling, I got myself a vilano aluminum road bike commuter bike Shimano 21 speed 700c.

I have duro tires 700c x 25 on the front and rear and run 110psi front and 120psi rear as Iím 5í9 and weigh 220lbs.

My bike ride includes a commute of 14mi round trip with decently paved roads with no major uphills. I average about 15 mph when riding at the moment.

I have about $500 to upgrade my bike, which I quickly realized it isnít much in this sport.

what do you guys suggest I should buy first?

Advise and suggestions are greatly appreciated.


Here are the tech specs

54cm frame
Frame: 6061 Double Butted Aluminum Frame, lightweight
  • Fork: Hi-Ten Steel
  • Shifters: Shimano A050 Thumb Shifters. Indexed 7-Speed, Front Friction 3-Speed
  • Brakes: Alloy Caliper Steel, Dual Brake Levers
  • Speeds: 21 Speed Bike
  • Wheels: 700c Double Walled CNC Machined Sides. Alloy.
  • Saddle: Urban Commuter
  • Seatpost: Alloy
  • Handlebar: Alloy
  • Includes Platform Pedals
  • Water Bottle and Rear Rack Mount Points
  • Weight Fully Assembled: 26.5 lbs.
My advice is that you're using your bike for a commuter and it is working fine. Put the money in the bank for future repairs and don't upgrade anything but necessities such as an uncomfortable saddle or fenders in the ran.
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Old 05-20-20, 04:57 AM
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My bike ride includes a commute of 14mi round trip with decently paved roads with no major uphills. I average about 15 mph when riding at the moment....what do you guys suggest I should buy first?
You donít mention lights so Iím guessing you only commute in daylight? Even so, a white flashing front and red rear will make you easier to see.

Since you are on roads, you should get some training. There are a lot of resources out there.

https://www.bikeleague.org/ridesmart has on-line material and links to in-person classes in your area.

That can jump-start your road strategy skills so you donít learn everything the hard way....
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Where do you park it and how do you secure it while you are at work - or at home for that matter? Securing your bike from theft can upgrade your life experience more than anything else on your bike. If you've come to rely on it, having it stolen would be a serious downer.

I've had some budget cost point bikes in my career. Style points aside, that bike can give you decades of reliable and enjoyable transportation with just a minimum of maintenance.
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