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Old 12-19-07, 08:28 AM
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Investment advice

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I have a 2006 Gary Fisher Paragon that I'd like to upgrade for weight savings (the bike works well mechanically, so I'll drop a few hunded dollars to shave a few hundred grams). It's all stock right now. With a $300 budget, where would you start? Thanks.
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Old 12-19-07, 08:38 AM
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Old 12-19-07, 08:42 AM
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Jenny Craig
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A few pounds off the butt helps way more than a few grams off the bike!
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Old 12-19-07, 08:52 AM
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I'll say, JP!
Otherwise, Fork/Wheelset.
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Investments and upgrades are two different things. If you want to invest, find a nice mutual fund and keep adding money to it.
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Old 12-19-07, 09:00 AM
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I'm 180 pounds at 8 percent body fat. $300 won't get me much in the way of wheels. The stock fork is Reba Race. I am investing in upgrades. Any suggestions? I know it's a matter of bits or pieces (carbon, perhaps).
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The fork is pretty nice already. I wouldn't waste money on a new fork. If wheels are out get bars, seatpost, stem, saddle, a lighter cassette, new tires, grips, etc. Don't mess with the drivetrain until you wear something out or break it.

All this would be less than $300. New wheels would still be the most significant upgrade.
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Old 12-20-07, 01:37 AM
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Originally Posted by rmagda58 View Post
I'm 180 pounds at 8 percent body fat. $300 won't get me much in the way of wheels. The stock fork is Reba Race. I am investing in upgrades. Any suggestions? I know it's a matter of bits or pieces (carbon, perhaps).
First do you REALLY need to save weight? Unless you are on really long rides or are a racer, these types of purchases don't add up for the fitness/recreational cyclist. You might try packing a couple less ounces of water.

If you must though, carbon seatpost/bars/headset spacers are a good place to start. I would look closely at the cranks, pedals and headset.

Honestly, you might want to just WAIT and see what breaks first. Then replace that with something really nice.
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Old 12-20-07, 04:22 PM
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I'd leave it alone and put the money towards a different bike. I've paid the stupid tax a time or two by catching upgradeitis and later regretted it. All that money could have gone to a slick new ride with the better stuff already bolted on.
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Old 12-20-07, 11:46 PM
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Lets not do the weightweenie debate thing again Some people just like lighter bikes. There doesn't have to be an explanation for it.

You're right, $300 isn't going to give you a significant upgrade with wheels. I'd start with tires; get some nice, light ones. I'm not going to recommend anything because I don't know how or where you ride.
Next up would be cockpit and seatpost for me. Lots of weight can be dropped here for little money. Pick up a light stem and handlebar on ebay for less than $100. I like my ritchey wcs carbon flat bar and syntace f119 stem. If you don't go oversized, take a look at the syntace f99. The KCNC prolite seatpost will probably drop you at least 100g for less than $100 on ebay as well.

Weightweenies - it's an addiction you dont' have to understand Just like I don't understand why some people love gardening, you don't have to understand this.
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Well put zecannon...sometimes it just is...it isn't for me...but it is for my uncle in law. Different motives, different styles...

to the op....we dont know your specs or actual motives...if you want a lighter bike, drop some coin on a good seatpost and stem...300$ won't get you a stunning set of wheels, but will get you a good light rear and a seatpost (give or take), stock saddles are usually cheapish and heavy...
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Originally Posted by Bike Lover View Post
Investments and upgrades are two different things. If you want to invest, find a nice mutual fund and keep adding money to it.
To invest in something doesn't require a fiscal return...it might appear that way strictly speaking. But races invest time to get better results...for example. School could be called an investment...etc...etc..
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