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What to upgrade?(6 posts)

What to upgrade?Tschako
Apr 9, 2002 7:03 AM
In the past year I have made the slow conversion from a mtb'er to a roadie. I made an impulse purchase of a new new (at the time) Cannondale R-300 (mix of Sora and Tiagra) I have made changes to the saddle, tires and shifters-now I can shift from the drops without dislocating my wrist).
I think that there is alot of life left in the frame and most of the components. I pay attention to cleaning and lubing the bike, a habit I developed while mtb'ing.
I am a heavier rider and want to use road riding for the cardiovascular exercise.........I know get to the point!

What is the most important component to upgrade? Should I wait until it breaks/wears out before replacing something?
I would like to get a new ride in the next few years. Should I save my money for the new bike?
Thanks!
re: What to upgrade?funknuggets
Apr 9, 2002 7:41 AM
I would like to ask a few things:

1. What are you riding for? If you are indicating that the roadbike is basicially for cardiovascular exercise, then I am not quite sure that you need to pony up for trick wheels or a bladed carbon seatpost. I would look for things that would add to your comfort and longevity on the bike.

2. What are your riding goals? If it is just to spin around and not have any specific goals around racing or perhaps a century... then it is the best bet that if everything is working and has been working fine, then your money is likely better spent in a mutual fund.

Chris
probably wheelsRideLots
Apr 9, 2002 7:43 AM
If you really want to change something, usually the best bang is wheels. That's where you might actually feel a difference. Plus, you can easily use them on your next bike, assuming you get one with a compatible freehub/cassette/derailleur system.
Just IMO, wait until it breaksretro
Apr 9, 2002 7:44 AM
For things like shifters, brakes etc., Shimano's low-line stuff works so well that I don't think it's worth upgrading until you need to--Dura Ace is a wonder, and Ultegra is terrific, but you don't NEED them for the kind of riding you're talking about (I'm not sure anybody NEEDS DA for any kind of riding).
If you want something you can spend a few hundred dollars on and feel right away, you might look at wheels. As a fellow Clydesdale, though, I'd recommend not going below 32 spokes laced to a fairly stout rim--I weigh about 225, and on the few occasions I've tried to get too tricky with my wheels, I've been sorry. Radial lacing and 18 spokes aren't intended for the likes of us...
What is the point?Jaybo
Apr 9, 2002 8:18 AM
I'm not understanding why you want to updgade? Please let us know what about your bike is bugging you. I can understand that Sora and Tiagra are not top-of-the-line components, but if they work well and you don't have a passion for the sport. Why upgrade? I run a 105 and Ultegra mix because I pieced together a bike from scratch. However, my mountain bike has XTR because it is my passion sport. I like road cycling, but I love mountain biking.
Why to upgrade?Kerry
Apr 9, 2002 4:35 PM
It sounds like your bike is pretty well balanced. You'd probably be better off to save your pennies for a "full upgrade" to a new bike. Putting racing wheels on a station wagon won't make a racing station wagon. I'm not saying your bike is a station wagon, just trying to make the point. There is little you could do to sigificantly change the performance of this bike. Your biggest upgrade potential may well be new tires, which you will have to buy sooner or later. Some nice Vredestein, Continental, or Michelin high performance (aka light weight, fast wearing) tires might be the only justifiable investment.