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Your best cheap upgrade?(24 posts)

Your best cheap upgrade?aptr
Sep 14, 2002 2:26 PM
I use black electrical tape to secure my computer's wire up the leg of my black carbon fork for a clean look. I also put nylon screws from the hardware store in my unused waterbottle bolt holes, as well as to secure the shifter cable plate thing under the BB(I saved 3gms on that one!!!)
So what are some cheap upgrades and modifications you've made that has made you cycling experiences better?
re: Your best cheap upgrade?Inhighgear
Sep 14, 2002 3:19 PM
Dura-Ace Groupo and Ksyrium SSL wheels
re: Your best cheap upgrade?aliensporebomb
Sep 14, 2002 8:04 PM
Hahaha! "Cheap". Inhighgear must be Bill Gates!
re: Your best cheap upgrade?Spunout
Sep 14, 2002 3:23 PM
When my Chorus grouppo came in to my LBS, the shipper accidentally sent a record rear hub(complete with freehub). They built my wheels up anyways, and didn't charge me for they weren't charged either.

Something I paid for: Blue Superfeet insoles in my Sidis.
re: Your best cheap upgrade?rufus
Sep 14, 2002 3:30 PM
hey, i used black electrical tape for my computer wire on my mountain bike-black judy with yellow decals.

not real cheap, but gore ride-on cables for my mountain bike shift cables.
re: Your best cheap upgrade?Lone Gunman
Sep 14, 2002 3:36 PM
Hands down, put Airborne teflon coated cables and housings all around, $15 plus shipping. Felt like a smoother shift to me.
re: Your best cheap upgrade?desmo
Sep 14, 2002 4:58 PM
lose 10 lbs. get faster, save money on chow.
Arm WarmersMe Dot Org
Sep 14, 2002 6:44 PM
Makes all of your short sleeve jerseys long sleeved, with the option of becoming short sleeved when things warm up.

I never buy long sleeved jerseys anymore.
Raise the bars. Also...cory
Sep 14, 2002 6:49 PM
Raising the handlebars on my quill-stem bike cost zip, and it made a big difference in comfort. Also, on the tourer, when I bought new tires, I got 700x35s instead of 28s--didn't cost anything either, since I was going to have to buy tires anyway.
I'm probably alone in thinking the biggest waste of money was clipless pedals, but...I'm not any faster, I'm not any more comfortable and I can't move my feet around the way I used to with toe clips.
Sep 15, 2002 2:16 PM
You're not alone in thinking clipless pedals are a waste, but pretty close... :)

If 99% of the people on this forum didn't already have them, I'd recommend them as a fabulous upgrade. More efficient, IMO. I'd have to say that the difference is more noticeable in technical mountain bike riding though since I used to really cinch my toe straps down tight. (Not very safe, but just about as efficient as clipless). It's the convenience of not having to reach down tighten them after every stop light that I like. (Not to mention the ability to clip out easily in an emergency).
re: Your best cheap upgrade?aliensporebomb
Sep 14, 2002 8:09 PM
Two things actually

Inflating my tires with ten pounds more air than I'd been
using previously.

I'd been running Hutchinson Carbon Comps at 110. I could
have sworn the sidewall said 120 max so I didn't push it.

I was filling my tires with air and saw "125" and went, oh
what the hell and went to 120 and it felt like I had a whole
different bike.

Moving my seat forward about a centimeter. When I got the
bike the seat was set up perfectly. After a short time, I
found the seat was slightly loose while on a ride so I used
by park tool allen wrench to lock it into place. Later, I
noticed that there was a mark on the seat rail where it was
originally set.

After moving it there it was like a rocket ship. I seemed
to have a lot more power and speed. Maybe I was just having
a good ride.

Two point five:
Removing the reflectors that came with the bike seemed to
shave about ten pounds off of the bike.
Breathe Right stripsNiwot
Sep 14, 2002 8:12 PM
No kidding. I have allergies and asthma, and using Breathe Right strips has improved my riding more than new wheels, new components, or anything. Best upgrade, by far.
Black spray paint...spyderman
Sep 14, 2002 8:37 PM
After I bought a black Thomson Elite seatpost I wanted a black headset... But I have a carbon fork on a 1" chrome stem. So I taped up my frame with a plastic bag and spray painted my stem black. Problem solved.

I also had a pair of old LOOK pedals that were blue/yellow. Again I taped up the frame and spray painted the pedals black...
Black spray paint...Niwot
Sep 14, 2002 8:40 PM
Wouldn't it have been easier to take the pedals off and then spray paint them?
Yup... I knew someone would point that out...:o) nmspyderman
Sep 14, 2002 8:43 PM
Well...I could'nt get the left one off... -nmSnowBlind
Sep 15, 2002 7:39 PM
FREE stuff from bike mechanics!!!hycobob
Sep 15, 2002 5:00 AM
I don't ever go to the LBS except to shoot the bull with the wrenches in back. If theres something I need help with I go to their homes and pay for their tutoring with Shiner Bock beer, which I don't count as payment since I drink at least half of it. Almost everytime though I wind up leaving with an armfull of free stuff...wireless computors, lights, wheel-bags, derailers, bottom brackets, old cranks and the list goes on forever. I know its dishonest to take home things that are supposed to be thrown away due to warranty returns but most of these are perfectly good or need minimal repairs/adjustments. Don't hate me because I'm cheap.
FREE stuff from bike customers!!!!!!!harry hall
Sep 15, 2002 5:51 AM
I'm a mechanic, most of my customers are road riders. Fashion changes have put some lightly used Record 7/8 parts and lots of good midline Shimano equipment in my hands at no charge as well as a couple of classics--my Helyett beater bike and Ideor fixed gear!
Lost weight..DINOSAUR
Sep 15, 2002 8:09 AM
Dropped 15 pounds by going on a diet and saved money on food. Besides riding a bike that actually fits, this is the best thing I've ever done for improving my riding....
I am cheap too..Qubeley
Sep 15, 2002 9:17 AM
My Pearl Izumi Neoprene shoe cover began too peal after a season, looking really ugly. So the other day, I spent an hour peal off the plastic layer completely, now I have a "new" lycra shoe cover, I am sure it's not as great against the water anymore, but it is still warm..I am cheap..
Peterson Powerbed orthoticsDaveG
Sep 15, 2002 12:21 PM
Not really cheap at $20 but these have made a huge difference in comfort for me
re: Your best cheap upgrade?mickey-mac
Sep 15, 2002 2:40 PM
A red flasher mounted on my seat post. It was cheap and comes in handy even during daytime rides: e.g., long tunnels, getting caught out longer than expected, etc.

Zip-ties. I've got them on my computer mount and headlight mount. Buy a bag and remember where you put them.

Michelin Axial Carbons. They're about $10 less than the Axial Pros I used to run; they never flat and seem to last forever.
crank brothers speed lever and co2 / inflator (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Sep 16, 2002 11:03 AM
EZ Wider Rolling Papers!!grzy
Sep 16, 2002 11:45 AM
Makes my life soooo much easier. No more torn papers or spillage!

OK, seriously, the best thing is getting one of those blinking tail lights - especially in the fall when the days keep getting shorter. Seems like we're always pushing daylight coming home and I'm worried about cars not seeing us. They weigh next to nothing and I do notice how much more visble they make you when I'm driving a car. Think about it.