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Most Bang for the Buck(16 posts)

Most Bang for the BuckPatrick
Dec 17, 2003 8:51 AM
I've got a Bianchi Imola that I've used for one season so far. I also have a morgatge, home improvement plans, an upcoming wedding, honeymoon, vet bills (cat) etc. You get the picture! I figure I have about $500 to $600 to throw at riding this year if I'm lucky. I'm also new to the sport. I'll take any advise on what would be the best improvement(s) for my current bike.
Or, should I leave well enough alone and save for an overall better rig?
The Imola is dead stock w/Shimano 105 throughout and served me well last season but... I feel the need for speed!

wheels (nm)funknuggets
Dec 17, 2003 9:01 AM
wheels (nm)Patrick
Dec 17, 2003 9:04 AM
care to elaborate?
Aero wheels! (nm)MShaw
Dec 17, 2003 9:04 AM
care to elaborate?Patrick
Dec 17, 2003 9:05 AM
Dec 17, 2003 9:34 AM
I think this is a pretty tried and true answer that we have discussed on the board before. Wheels, light, aero, and durable are quite possibly the most important aspect of your bike. While some items may be more durable, or make your bike lighter, wheels are a rotating function of the bike and have a direct impact as to your handling, aerodynamics, speed, and acceleration. Nothing else has that great of impact. Wheels are your answer.

Bridal Registry at the LBSms
Dec 17, 2003 9:06 AM
Rather than registering for silver, china, crystal, etc. at a department store or jewelry store, do you think that your intended would allow you to register your needs at the LBS? My guess is that she will not. How about a cycling honeymoon for which you will "need" to upgrade your bike and/or cycling equipment? Probably another no. Chicken rather than filet of beef at the wedding reception? Kill the cat? Sorry, that I do not have any constuctive ideas, but, in any event, good luck.
P.S. -- Agree with posts above -- wheels -nmms
Dec 17, 2003 9:07 AM
Bridal Registry at the LBSPatrick
Dec 17, 2003 9:10 AM
All great ideas that would go over like a fart in church with my beloved honey bee.
I am pushing for a mountaintop ceremony that will leave the overweight and unfit (almost all relatives)
at the trailhead. I don't think I could safely add the registry idea, as good as it is.
re: Most Bang for the Buckasgelle
Dec 17, 2003 9:21 AM
A good, local coach for as many months as you can afford.
Second the coach....Tri_Rich
Dec 17, 2003 9:31 AM
...but as one I may be biased.
re: Most Bang for the Buckmexican-JUMPING-frijoles
Dec 17, 2003 9:29 AM
Save about $300 for any parts that will wear out (tires, chain, cassette, cables) and the rest for racing. If you really want speed, then save it for wheels and a full carbon fork.

You might want to seriously consider killing the cat though. j/k
Dec 17, 2003 9:37 AM
i think you should save your money for things like tires, tubes, chains, cassettes etc myself. If you want wheels, you won't get anything really aero or whatever for $300 or less that will outperform a set of Ultegra hubs laced to open pros or velocity aerohead rims. You can use DA hubs, but they won't make a huge difference performance-wise all else being equal.

You can also save money by riding on training tires like gatorskins or axial carbons. Just don't lean heavily into wet corners! Fewer flats means fewer tube purchases and you'll get longer wearing tires.

Another issue is clothing. you may want to spend the bucks this year on nice shorts, gloves, tights, helmet etc, and save your bucks for when things break or need to be replaced. Then you can extend your cycling $$ for when you need them.

Just keep riding!

Good advice given the budget (nm)B2
Dec 17, 2003 9:59 AM
Spend it on you.Mel Erickson
Dec 17, 2003 9:51 AM
The biggest bang for the buck will be achieved by improving the motor. Join a club. Get a license. Get a coach. Race. Buy a wind trainer or spin bike. Take spin classes in the winter. Improve your mind and body to the point where different wheels, etc. will actually make a difference.
Thanks Folks! I'm inspired!Patrick J
Dec 17, 2003 2:47 PM