Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Budget Bike Upgrades

Old 12-26-12, 03:21 PM
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Budget Bike Upgrades

So santa was nice and gave me enough money to my first proper road bike, I got the Triban 3, it isn't anything special but pretty good for £300 ($490), 6061 aluminium frame, carbon fork, sora front mech, power ounce triple crankset, shimano 2300 rear mech and shifters. The bike weighs just over 10kg. Anyway i have about £80 ($130) left and I want to spend it on the bike, do you guys have any suggestions on what to change ? I was thinking sora rear mech, but any suggestions are welcome, Thanks !




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clipless pedals and shoes
bibs
jerseys
lezyne pump

take your pick

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Originally Posted by Elduderino2412 View Post
clipless pedals and shoes
bibs
jerseys
lezyne pump

take your pick
Pedals - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shimano-PD...item484cabd6af

Shoes - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shimano-R0...item2575288b5a

Are these good enough ?
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i would buy the Shimano 5700 pedals instead. You can get them for only a couple of bucks more. Shoes take some looking into, and probably would be better trying them on in a store first if you can.
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Originally Posted by aidanpringle View Post
The pedals are fine.

However, the shoes you should really try on. Bad fitting shoes can make a bike ride a really unpleasant experience. Saddle too.
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I would suggest Shimano PD-A520 instead. Putting R540 on this bike is like putting racing slicks on a Yaris. You fail to realize the intended benefits of the pedal, but you still have to suffer from its tradeoffs.
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I would suggest putting some miles on the bike before deciding what you want to upgrade. After a few miles you might find that you are getting frequent flats and need new tires or that the braking isn't quite adequate and you need new brake pads. Some riding will probably reveal what actually needs to be replaced to make the bike operate better.
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I wouldn't replace any components until you get quite a few miles on the bike. Upgrade as things wear out if you like the bike and intend to keep it. "Upgrading" to Sora isn't much of an upgrade, definately not worth it on a new bike, might be an acceptable replacement once the original derailleur wears out.

+1 on the suggestions to get good cycling shorts and shoes. I'm of the helmet wearing crowd, so there is another good place to put some money. Riding gloves are also a nice addition. Other ideas include a couple of bottle cages, a couple of spare tubes and a tube repair kit, tire levers, and a bike multitool.
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Accessories! Jerseys bibs gloves eye protection, maybe lights and fenders if you're so inclined. Nice looking bike btw.
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I had a road bike before so I have cycling shorts, jerseys, helmet, spare tubes, co2 inflater etc, I was just wondering if anything on the bike could be improved ?
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I'll add to the clipless pedals and shoes. I'm pretty new to cycling, but it is amazing how much difference the shoes and pedals make. I'm still getting use to the whole motion, but it certainly gives a much more solid feel on the bike.

Otherwise tires or brake pads if you're flatting more than usual or not getting enough braking power.

Has the bike been fit to you? I wouldn't get fitted until I had clipless pedals and shoes, but a fitting really can do some good. I rode for an hour the day before my fitting, and felt alright. After the fitting I felt at one with the machine.
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Brake are bloody good, so much difference compared to side pull almost threw myself off the bike, the tyres seem ok but i will look at getting new tyres and the bike hasn't been fitted to me but iv'e adjusted it the best I could. I will definitely consider clipless now, thanks
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Accessories! Jerseys bibs gloves eye protection, maybe lights and fenders if you're so inclined. Nice looking bike btw.
Got them all and thanks, I like it too
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Don't waste your money on a rear mech. The one it has is fine and you wouldn't notice any difference in shifting performance by upgrading it. Living in Scotland at this time of year, I would buy mudguards and decent lights. This bike has mudguard eyelets but very limited clearance under the front brake so most likely you'd need to use something like Crud RoadRace, SKS Raceblade Longs or Giant fenders. Go for a XML-T6 light from eBay if you want a bright light to ride country lanes in the dark. By all accounts, the saddle on this bike is pretty uncomfortable so that is perhaps something to consider upgrading. Other than that, perhaps some nicer tyres such as GP4000s and Swissstop or KoolStop brake pads would provide an improvement.
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