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Best upgrade for $100?(8 posts)

Best upgrade for $100?DG
Mar 22, 2001 6:20 PM
If you can spend $100, what upgrade will give you the most bang for the bucks?

In my case, the bike is fine and runs great, i.e., there is nothing wrong or broken that needs fixed.

I can go from my Kalloy seatpost to Record/chorus carbon/titanium post. Or replace my (perfectly fine) Selle nitrox with SLR or something with ti rails. Or replace my beat-up Look 236 (creaks occasionally but works fine) with the Look 296 (discontinued model). Or buy the ergobrain to supplement my wireless Polar cycle computer which lacks cadence function. etc..

any ideas?
re: Best upgrade for $100?Akirasho
Mar 22, 2001 6:29 PM
... save the $100 and put it towards a good wheel upgrade.

Be the bike.
re: Best upgrade for $100?Ian
Mar 22, 2001 6:35 PM
As long as the saddle is comfortable, stick with it for now. Kalloy seatposts are usually fairly heavy, may be able to save some nice weight there. Pedals are a contact point, so those are always nice to upgrade. But, being a computer geek, I would have to go with the Ergobrain. I put a Flight Deck on my bike last year and love it. The gear display and cadence function are wonderful. Also consider a new pair of cycling shorts, something that can greatly enhance your comfort. Happy shopping.
Save the money for when something does go wong!(nm)Bill J. Pappas
Mar 22, 2001 8:51 PM
re: Best upgrade for $100?NEIL
Mar 23, 2001 5:40 AM
Get some new hi-quality tires. Michelin Axial, Vredestien Fortezza, Hutchinson, etc.They will run $100, and will provide the most improvement of ride of your bike.

NEIL
agree: light tires and tubesDog
Mar 23, 2001 6:05 AM
Assuming the money is burning a hole in your pocket and you don't want to save up for something else, light tires and tubes will likely give you the best performance bang for the buck.

Doug
agree: light tires and tubesAer Jer
Mar 25, 2001 6:55 AM
Yes Doug you are right. However, it depends on his riding and where it is done. I went the light tire and tubes last year. I got real proficient in fixing flats on roadsides. This year it's heavier tubes and kevlar belted tires. Don't care about the weight, I'd rather ride (even if slower) than fix flats all year long.
With the possible exception of the pedals, I don't think thatbill
Mar 23, 2001 6:36 AM
any of the upgrades you have suggested will matter hooey to performance. Seatposts are for when you really have money burning a hole in your pocket. The computer? Eh. Maybe.
With all due respect, the alternative suggestions of the brethren are much better. Good tires (can't say I'm convinced that light tubes are worth the hassle -- although the newer stuff supposedly works as well as the standard tubes, just lighter). Great shorts are well worth it.
Save your money for wheels (or a great fork, if you don't have at least a middlin fork). Those will make a real difference.