What was your best upgrade?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by kdelong, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. kdelong

    kdelong Well-Known Member

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    Who would have thought that a pair of Bontrager Race wheels and Race Lite tires would add 5 MPH to my average speed on my lowly 2003 Raleigh Competition? The weight is close to the Alex wheels that I had with the Conti tires, and both sets use aero rims. The only major difference is that the Bontragers have flat spokes. Is it the flat spokes, or is it purely phsycological?

    What upgrades have you made to your bikes that have greatly, or not so greatly, improved your performance?
     
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  2. xxamr_corpxx

    xxamr_corpxx New Member

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    I had some really shitty mitts. Last week, I bought some new ones from PBK. Now my hand numbness has disappeared.

    A while back I had a very bad saddle as well - it actually made my genitals numb. Needless to say that went into the bin.
     
  3. Lionfish

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    My best upgrade was riding upgrade.
     
  4. rudycyclist

    rudycyclist New Member

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    Agreed, my best upgrade was riding my bike 10 hours a week more than what I used to:D
     
  5. knonfs

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    I am torn between the look clipless pedals or the shimano STI levers.

    The best two inventions on the cycling world, IMHO!
     
  6. artemidorus

    artemidorus New Member

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    Beyond buying my first road bike, I have never made any kind of upgrade that I can notice when riding. Other than training. You can spend thousands buying stuff that'll make no perceptible difference to your rides.
     
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    Getting a coach :)
    Worth more than just about any other "upgrade" you can waste money on.
     
  8. alienator

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    Upgrading to the Platinum membership at the Catholic Schoolgirls Who Dig Other Catholic Schoolgirls website. The video and picture selection is much better.

    As for other upgrades.......wheels and the power meter.
     
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  10. garagedog

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    #1 Fizik Adilante seat
    #2 Cannondale Six13 Pro frame ($400 ebay) from Roubaix comp
    #3 Mavic SL wheels from Shimano 540's
    #4 switching back to Shimano pedals from speedplay
     
  11. kdelong

    kdelong Well-Known Member

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    Hey have you got a link? If it will improve my cycling, I'll take a look at it. I suppose that like Artemidorus and Rudycyclist have suggested, the best upgrade is to upgrade ones fitness level and time in the saddle.
     
  12. clackerz

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    Mine was buying a road bike (I used to ride my MTB on the road - now I keep my MTB purely for off-road)
     
  13. ~MoDCoN~

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    not recomending speedplays? ive got a friend who is looking at getting some, they seem alright?
     
  14. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    Speedplays are great, but like saddles, shorts, and fetishes, not everyone likes the same ones.
     
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    Complete Phonak team gear. I'll have one crap day in it, then the next day I'll feel invincible. Seriously though, it looks great, the Craft EIT pro 4 whatever chamois is amazing, and Jason McCarty, turns out, is just about the exact same size as me. Nothing like self confidence inspiring kit. Plus the catlike helmet is great.

    Oh yeah, LG enze ergo air gloves are great too.
     
  16. BigUgly

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    Going from a Trek hybrid to a OPUS road bike. Better cycling shorts as well.
     
  17. Aussie_Girl87

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    Mine was definately going from a Dunlop Lakeside ($150 Aussie Dollars) to an OCR 2
     
  18. ~MoDCoN~

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    moving to road... then buying a decent road bike (trek 1400) and going clipless... massive difference in power/endurance/top speed

    :D
     
  19. kleng

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    Good set of tires (high TPI count) and latex tubes, make a big difference.
     
  20. geoinmillbrook

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    1.)From crappy old Araya touring wheels to Mavic Cosmos with 130psi Contis.. rolls much nicer, climbs a little better, even with my 200lb load.
    2.) Wider handlebars - opens up chest for better breathing
    3.) Went to Ultegra derailleurs - they seem to index more accurately and more positively, I used to have to play with the 105 front triple more.
    4.) From crappy Bike Nashbar to SRAM force chain. Huge difference in shifting smoothness and rust resistance.
    5.) Seat ! From hard as a rock C'dale stocker to something more anatomically designed and comfortable (WTB Race or something)

    That's it.

    Geo
     
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