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Upgrade or leave it alone?(4 posts)

Upgrade or leave it alone?Dawn Patrol
Dec 19, 2001 11:39 AM
I've got an old Di Bernardi (Cro More, vintage 1990) that I would like to use more often as a commuter bike.
I do most of my commuting on my hardtail but ride the Di Bernardi on Mondays between Memorial Day and Labor Day as traffic is lighter then.
I've always felt more secure on the Mtb. while riding around in traffic and in bad weather.
I was thinking of getting the frame painted and looking for some used components and a rear wheel.
I was hoping that if I went over to Ergo levers and put on a set of Time Attacks I might feel more secure.
Can I salvage my brake arches, crank and rings?

Thanx in advance
you call that old?gtx
Dec 19, 2001 12:18 PM
I'd get pedals you are comfortable with (like the Attaks) and maybe new tires but leave the rest alone. Downtubes work great and are pretty much hassle free.
second thatscottfree
Dec 20, 2001 5:39 AM
Although your bike is still shockingly new, it's starting to get a patina of class. Forget Ergo-ing it up. Don't gild the lily. Use your downtube shifters, put 28-32 tires on it, and ride proudly.
Can you fit bigger tires on it?cory
Dec 19, 2001 4:23 PM
I don't know that frame at all, but the single biggest help I've found to feeling more secure on a commuter is big tires. I weigh 220 and like to use 700x35s on the Trek I ride to work. The Allez won't take those, but it fits 32s (which actually measure about 27mm wide). Improves the ride and stability and doesn't slow me down noticeably.