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Santa gave me some walking around money and I need some advice!

Old 12-26-12, 12:40 PM
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Santa gave me some walking around money and I need some advice!

Hello everyone!


I just came into about 600 dollars and since I am very new to road biking I thought I'd ask for some advice.


I am riding a Felt Z85 with all the stock components. I find it to be a very comfortable ride. I have lower end specialized shoes and pedals.


What would you all suggest purchasing to get the most bang for my buck? I am looking to possibly get into triathlon this spring so that may factor in what I pick up.


Thank you all in advance for your help!



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Hold on to the $$$.

You don't need anything. ( might buy some tires on sale ahead of time)

Ride much and try to wear the bike out.

I now have 36,000 miles on my F-85
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Hold on to the $$$.

You don't need anything. ( might buy some tires on sale ahead of time)

Ride much and try to wear the bike out.

I now have 36,000 miles on my F-85
Sage advice. Save it for wear items.
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You could get some GOOD Lights for night rides if you like night riding.
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Originally Posted by tljohnston View Post
Hello everyone!


I just came into about 600 dollars and since I am very new to road biking I thought I'd ask for some advice.


I am riding a Felt Z85 with all the stock components. I find it to be a very comfortable ride. I have lower end specialized shoes and pedals.


What would you all suggest purchasing to get the most bang for my buck? I am looking to possibly get into triathlon this spring so that may factor in what I pick up.


Thank you all in advance for your help!



- Tyler
My wife has the same bike, I bought her a set of Mavic Ksyrium wheels and better tires, in the process knocked almost 2 full pounds off the bike. Careful shopping and a friendly LBS you should be able to swing that for 600.
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I'm using some Christmas cash on new shoes and probably fenders. Other than riding gear you just need to work on the engine not the bike
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You could join a local bike club and try to keep up with the fast group.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Hold on to the $$$.

You don't need anything. ( might buy some tires on sale ahead of time)

Ride much and try to wear the bike out.

I now have 36,000 miles on my F-85
I agree with this wise gentleman right here.
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$600 isn't enough of a budget to take a big step up with wheels in my opinion.

Garmin
Some clip-on aerobars would be good for the tri thing
nice tires
more clothing so you have spare stuff/foul weather gear, etc...
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Things you should have:

Enough bibs/shorts, jerseys and socks for a week's worth of rides.
Floor pump.
Mini-pump (and/or CO2) and spare tubes.
Multi tool.
Tire boot.
A method of carrying tubes, pump, boot and multitool. (phone and $ are good to have, too)
Cages and bottles. (number depends on ride length and frequency, but they are cheap so get plenty)
Comfortable shoes, saddle and helmet.
Sunglasses.
Spare tire.
Tube patches. (the glue on kind, not stickers)
Proper gearing. (does your cassette and chainring set up match you terrain and abilities?)

These are things that are also nice:

Gloves, jackets, arm warmers, etc. (if you want to ride in conditions that require them)
Cycling computer.
Home tools and stand.
Extra spokes.
Spare chain.
Spare wheelset.

If you don't have any of the items the first list I would buy them right away. The second group will depend on your personal preferences, but I would get anything you want/need there covered before spending money on upgrades, too.

After that, as others have said, ride some more and if competing get an event or 3 under your belt. By that time you will know what else you need or need to upgrade.
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Floor pump.
...with a detailed and accurate gauge.

Definitely, if the OP doesn't already have one.
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Save your money if you don't know what you want would be my advice.
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Boyd vitesse wheels
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Think about lights if you are planning riding at dawn or dusk (very useful if you need to train or commute).

I'd also strongly consider your riding wardrobe. One of the dirty little secrets of road cycling is that it costs $$ to get a truly versatile wardrobe that will see you through four seasons. How are you kitted out for winter riding? (beanie, base layers, gloves, shoe covers, leg warmers/tights etc. etc.

Keeping the cash is also a good plan.
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If you've got some money to spend on bike gear... I suggest Boyd Vitesse as above, ONLY if they are ~1lb lighter than what you have now. Or, one of the best thing I've spent money on is higher end shoes. I road Specialized Sports for several hundred miles... like the lowest end shoes, and they were fine. I went to Specialized Pro Road Carbon this year, got a great deal on ebay...and they are awesome. Things like that make rides more enjoyable.

So yeah, get some wheels or nice tubes/tires, or shoes. I'd spend it on something to make your ride more enjoyable and improve comfort.
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New wheels would be the biggest bang for your buck. The Boyds or Mavic wheels mentioned above you can swing for that cash.
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Save your money. If you get serious about triathlons, you're going to want a dedicated tri bike.
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Kurt Kinetic Bike Trainer ($300) + TrainerRoad subscription ($10/month) + Garmin speed/cadence sensor ($40) + ANT+ USB stick so sensor can talk to Trainerroad ($40) + big-### fan ($50).

Then Prepare to do some serious training damage!
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