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where should i upgrade?(14 posts)

where should i upgrade?dustin73
Apr 29, 2001 9:44 AM
i just got about $200 that i can spend on my road bike, and i'm kinda curious as to where i should upgrade. i ride a Specialized Allez Sport. it's got 105 throughout, an aluminum fork (i think...i know it's not carbon, and it's too fat to be steel). well actually, i'll just listen to what you guys think...oh, and ultrega pedals. i was thinking about getting a new saddle, or a roller.
you called it rightclub
Apr 29, 2001 10:15 AM
nothing you could hang on your bike for $200 would make any difference in how it rides. 105 is fine, nothing worth "upgrading" short of dumping the jap crap and going Campy. Rollers and a comfortable saddle sound like smart purchases. Ride rollers and you will become a better cyclist. Once you can spin smoothly, you'll laugh at folks with 11/53t high gears since you can go as fast with a lower high gear. And a comfy saddle will let you ride longer, and that ain't bad either.
Now you've done it...Curtis
Apr 29, 2001 11:03 AM
....you just had to use the phrase "jap crap". Now all the PC weenies who INFEST this board are going to focus on THAT instead of on the question at hand. I hope you're happy now.

BTW, I agree with your assessment of the question.
you called it rightdustin73
Apr 29, 2001 11:24 AM
yeah, when i got the bike i was very new to road bikes, so i listened to my LBS and didn't really do any comparing, though now i wish i would've gone Campy. i figured "hey, it's my first bike, so it's not going to be the bike that's holding me back." another thing i was considering was saving all the money so could get a nice bike in a year or two.
105MikeC
Apr 29, 2001 12:55 PM
I rode 105 for 2 years and 6,000 miles, and it was reliable, solid, and smooth. I now have a 2001 Record 10 (I didn't pay for it) and while it's very nice, I can't see $700 or so difference!
For $200, you might considerKerry Irons
Apr 29, 2001 12:00 PM
A CF fork, though $200 is not going to get you a top line unit. Colorado Cyclist has the Kestral EMS Pro for $200 right now. Aluminum is not exactly the best material for forks. OTOH, you might want to just put the cash in the new bike fund, as that is where you'll get the most value for your money, come the day.
re: where should i upgrade?Woof the dog
Apr 29, 2001 12:02 PM
Campy is expensive, although nicer than Shimano in some aspects. Shimano is cheaper to replace. Something to look into: new Dura-Ace shifters if your shifting is sticky; new pedals - definitely go with speedplays X2, my by far the best purchase. During a race, half the field was trying to click in, while me and another three people where on the second corner. You can't pull out of them accidentally, which is very good. Ok, this is enough on how nice they are. You can get really cheap rollers from Nashbar, but make sure drums are round. You wouldn't be riding them a whole lot, since its summer out. They will be a piece of sh!t, but they will do a job. Personally, I take pleasure in beating the hell out of cheap stuff. Very satisfying. How about saving money on a new helmet? Maybe not. Uhm... you can also save up for good wheels (300 dollar range, something like open pros, rev spokes durace hubs. I think that may be enough money). Just don't spend your money up on small stuff. Are you sure you want to buy a new saddle? is your old one that heavy or uncomfortable?
Anyway, I just randomly saw this thread, I hope you make a right choice. I don't think there are any wrong ones, only foolish.

Woof, the wondering dog
re: where should i upgrade?dustin73
Apr 29, 2001 3:53 PM
yeah, i was thinking pedals, but i'm finally getting really used to mine, so i'm not in a hurry to upgrade those. i also thought about wheels...but i'd rather save up and buy a bike that's going to have the wheels already on it. my helmet's only a year old, so it's still good. the reason i like the roller idea is so i can "ride" when it's dark...aka: 2am and i can't sleep. i like saddle because it can go with me to other bikes and is relatively cheap (when compared to wheels).
re: where should i upgrade?Woof the dog
Apr 29, 2001 3:53 PM
Campy is expensive, although nicer than Shimano in some aspects. Shimano is cheaper to replace. Something to look into: new Dura-Ace shifters if your shifting is sticky; new pedals - definitely go with speedplays X2, my by far the best purchase. During a race, half the field was trying to click in, while me and another three people where on the second corner. You can't pull out of them accidentally, which is very good. Ok, this is enough on how nice they are. You can get really cheap rollers from Nashbar, but make sure drums are round. You wouldn't be riding them a whole lot, since its summer out. They will be a piece of sh!t, but they will do a job. Personally, I take pleasure in beating the hell out of cheap stuff. Very satisfying. How about saving money on a new helmet? Maybe not. Uhm... you can also save up for good wheels (300 dollar range, something like open pros, rev spokes durace hubs. I think that may be enough money). Just don't spend your money up on small stuff. Are you sure you want to buy a new saddle? is your old one that heavy or uncomfortable?
Anyway, I just randomly saw this thread, I hope you make a right choice. I don't think there are any wrong ones, only foolish.

Woof, the wondering dog
sorry for the double postWoof the dog
Apr 29, 2001 4:08 PM
I hit reload page and it posted this again.
If you have to ask, you shouldn't.Bruno S
Apr 29, 2001 6:23 PM
Here's my take. I also have a similar bike: Allez Elite. Bought it a year ago and it is my first bike. If the bike is working ok for you, it is comfortable and reliable, you should save that money for a new complete bike. Those $200 will buy you much better components when they are bundled in a new bike. I will train one more year on my current bike and then, once I have learned enough about bicycles and cycling in general, I will get the nice bike.

But if you must buy something, think this before: Will this purchase make me faster? Will it make me more confortable? If you answer no (or are not sure) to both questions I wouldn't buy it.

One more thing, that fork on the Allez is a good Kinesis fork. It smooths the ride quite good. A carbon fiber fork will give you better handling but I doubt it will be more comfortable.
If you have to ask, you shouldn't.dustin73
Apr 29, 2001 8:22 PM
yeah, i think i'm gonna go with the roller. i hope it'll make me faster...if not, it'll at least help my balance.

and thanks for the info about the fork. did the Elite come with a carbon fork? if so, do you like?
re: where should i upgrade?muncher
Apr 30, 2001 2:35 AM
Another idea. Your bike is fine. Why not get a decent HRM and a bike computer. This will last you years, can be moved from bike to bike (and sport to sport) and will allow you to train better and meaure your progress - great incentive. Course, you may already have all that, in which case ignore me.

Just a thought....
re: where should i upgrade?Moe
Apr 30, 2001 6:01 AM
Get Carbon fork.