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Upgrade from a Trek 1000?

Old 07-07-08, 04:03 PM
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Upgrade from a Trek 1000?

So this is the exact bike I currently have: http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...iple&Type=bike

I bought it off a guy who purchased it in 2000 or 2001, rode it for 150 miles, then put it up in his garage for years. The only things I've changed were the uncomfortable seat and the tires that would go flat several times a week. Rubinos at 140 psi have fixed that up for me, so it's no longer a problem.

Anyway, I'm just starting to ramp up my mileage and since I'm spending so much time on the bike, I'm starting to think of potential upgrades down the line that would make the bike perform better. I rode 43 miles yesterday and I was only being passed by people who seemed like they had years in the sport, so I don't think I'm doing too badly, but my bike is probably somewhat slow. Obviously I'm probably slow as well at this point, but I'm wondering if there is anything I can do in the future to this bike that wouldn't be throwing good money after bad. I was thinking about wheels, since I could transfer them to a new bike, but someone told me that the ones I have aren't too bad.

The bike as I have it assembled is 25 pounds and the front wheel with an inflated tire is 3 pounds, if that helps. If there are any recommendations for an entire bike that would be a nice step up from this at a reasonable price that I should consider down the line, I would appreciate that as well.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-07-08, 04:57 PM
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I had that same bike as my 'first' and it served me well for 3.5 years. It has been replaced with the two 105-level Bianchi's in my sig. I nabbed them both on craigslist for about half the MSRP and sold the Trek 1000 for about the same rate.

I did some upgrading on my 1000. Maybe a little more than it deserved in hindsight. It's a really heavy frame, fork, headset, and stem.

I put on used silver 105 brake calipers and new Kool Stop pads. Huge difference in stopping power.

Wheels are a good idea as (you mentioned) they are easily transfered to another bike and can take some weight off that Trek. But I only went down that road when I started braking spokes.

I also ended up replacing both derailluers (one 'upgrade', one 'cause it broke). I had a 105 RD and a Tiagra FD. Not sure that made a significant difference over a decent tune-up, but the 105 RD was noticably more responsive (over Sora).

I'd also suggest that some other gear might make more of a difference than the bike. For example, are you riding with clipless pedals/shoes?
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Old 07-07-08, 05:13 PM
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I've been a little hesitant on going clipless since I have large, wide and flat feet, but I'll bet I could find something if I looked around. It's hard enough to find normal shoes that work, so who knows. Having better access to the upstroke would probably make me a lot more efficient. When I think about it, all of the people passing me have clipless pedals (in addition to calves that are approaching the size of my quads).

I wasn't really aware of the fact that you could have completely mismatched parts, even within one manufacturer, so that's really helpful. I guess it's the kind of thing that if I saw a single derailleur from a few steps up that was really cheap for whatever reason, it would be worth it to upgrade.
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The RD can make a small difference in feel (especially going up 2 or more 'levels'). I replaced the FD because it broke. Typically, an upgraded FD would provide very little difference. There's more difference up front in having a trim feature or getting away from a triple (on your next bike).

Try Specialized for reasonably priced shoes that run a little wider. Performance has a wide 'Forte' model right now as well. Pedals can also be transfered to that 'next' bike.

Are you wearing cycling shorts? A jersey (or at least a non-cotton wicking T-shirt)?
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There is no point in upgrading the derailleurs at this point. Overall weight, frame, wheels and gears are more important. Those components you get only move a chain left and right, and for what you're doing it's not really that important. If they're well adjusted and well taken care of, they will shift fine.

Wheels will give you a good upgrade in weight and are transferable, that's an upgrade that can be appreciated.

Of course, any real upgrade at this point would to get a new bike, but that's not necessarily important.

Ultimately, you have to realize that top speed isn't dependent on the bike as much as you think. Speed is dependent on the rider and how well that rider can interact with the bike. Proper geometry/fitting, pedals, wheels and correct gearing will help you a lot more than having nicer components or a lighter bike. Once you got all that dialed in, max yourself out on the bike.

However, if you've reached the maximum you can get on that bike, then start looking around for any other bikes that interest you. You could look at Specalized Roubaix, Orbea Orca or Aqua, etc. Shop around.
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I ordered a pair of 8 panel shorts that are currently in transit to me. I didn't realize that the jerseys actually had a real purpose like that. Cycling is starting to make a lot more sense. I sweat more than the average person, but I haven't had too much trouble with overheating.

I never use my front derailleur (I'm always on the middle ring) but I use the rear extensively. Maybe I shouldn't be worried about upgrading until I routinely ride on the large ring. Would most people here never touch a second ring unless they were on a hill?
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Save your pesos, get a new bike. If you keep going with this addiction... I mean sport it is going to happen anyway. You might as well get it over with before you are $1200 dollars into a 8 year old trek 1000...
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I shared a bit of what I did to my 1000. But overall - and in hindsight - I agree with these other posters and wouldn't necesarily use myself as an example.

I'd look into Kool Stop brake pads, a jersey, and a pedal/shoe set-up. Hold off on other things.
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I shared a bit of what I did to my 1000. But overall - and in hindsight - I agree with these other posters and wouldn't necesarily use myself as an example.

I'd look into Kool Stop brake pads and a jersey. Hold off on other things.
Also yes, I forgot to mention, braking power is more about the pads than the calipers. Just changing out the pads will give you quite a boost in braking power, the calipers... not so much.
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Thanks for the help, guys, I'll keep these things in mind. I never realized that brake pads were that important. I'll pick up some of the ones you mentioned pretty soon here.
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