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Old 07-21-20, 12:43 PM
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New Member looking for advice on how to upgrade my bike.

Hello all, I have had a look through the site and can't see a thread/group that fits exactly what I'm looking for.

Basically - every time I'm out on my road bike I have kids on their mountain bike powering past me! Thinking I need to spend a bit of money on it and am wondering if anyone can recommend what they think is the best bang for buck upgrades?

This is my bike cannondale-synapse-alloy-tiagra-6-disc-2016-road-bike-EV239411

Frame Synapse Alloy Disc, Optimized 6061 Alloy, SAVE PLUS, BB30 Fork Synapse SAVE Disc, Carbon blades, 1-1/8" Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra 4700, 31.8 clamp Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra 4700 Number of Gears 20 Shifters Shimano Tiagra 4700 Chain set FSA Omega, BB30, 50/34 Bottom Bracket FSA BB30 Cassette Shimano Tiagra 4700, 12-30, 10-speed Chain FSA CN-910, 10-speed Brakeset Promax Render R, 160mm front, 140mm rear Handlebars Cannondale C4 Compact, 6061 alloy Stem Cannondale C4, 31.8, 6 deg. Headset Synapse Si, 25mm top cap Grips Cannondale Bar Tape w/Gel, 3.5mm Rims Maddux RD 3.0 Disc, 28-hole Front Hub Formula DC1420 Rear Hub Formula DC1422 Spokes Stainless Steel, 15g Front Tyre Schwalbe Lugano folding, 700x25c Rear Tyre Schwalbe Lugano folding, 700x25c Saddle Cannondale Stage Ergo Seatpost Cannondale C4, Alloy, 25.4x300mm

Since owning roughly 3 years I've changed the chain once, one spoke replaced with wheel true and 1 service if I remember right. Oh and I added SPDs as well as replacing tyres and lots of inner-tubes.

I'm happy to spend a fair bit on it as I realise I have not spent much on it over the years, but don't want to spend if I won't notice the improvement.

Would appreciate any thoughts.

Thanks,
Sam
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Old 07-21-20, 02:58 PM
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as long as the tires are not flat, it is unlikely that any amount of upgrading your equipment will stop the kids from passing you. sounds more like an engine problem.
i'm all for upgrading equipment, but it's because I am a parts junkie, and try not to fool myself about incremental performance bonuses.
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Old 07-22-20, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by motorthings View Post
as long as the tires are not flat, it is unlikely that any amount of upgrading your equipment will stop the kids from passing you. sounds more like an engine problem.
i'm all for upgrading equipment, but it's because I am a parts junkie, and try not to fool myself about incremental performance bonuses.
OK thanks for your thoughts. I'm pretty fit - under 30, not over weight and do a lot of cardio.

I was thinking I might need new wheels or chainset due to the years of wear. Suppose I'll just try harder.
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sorry, friend, it ain't the bike. might try this: figure out a good course, 5-10 miles, something you can ride a few times a week. time yourself and keep a log. after about 5 runs, you'll know what 'good' looks like. now, start aiming to be 'better than good.' after 5-6 weeks, you'll be pleased.
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