Bargain upgrades for your bike

by JackBuxton   June 6, 2014  

Everyone wants to upgrade their bike right?

So, does anyone recommend an upgrade that has achieved more than the price suggests? can be anything, from tyres to stems, tools to helmets!

Just trying to help people find ways to save a few pounds here and there (if that's possible Smile )

(affordable carbon would be nice Wink )


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Wheels, best upgrade there is. £4-450 will get you something that's awesome.
Don't neglect your tyres and tubes too - Getting a decent set of e.g. Conti GP4000s and using the race weight inner tubes saves you a couple of hundred grams at the rim of your wheels, where it affects you the most.

posted by bashthebox [638 posts]
6th June 2014 - 11:46

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Tyres made a nice difference to me, really improved speed and comfort.

Specialized Allez 2009, Campagnolo Centaur 10, Campagnolo Shamal Wheels. 8.3kg

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posted by Miles253 [198 posts]
7th June 2014 - 10:09

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Tyres are the best 'bang per buck' upgrade.
Try a set of GP4000's

posted by Must be Mad [39 posts]
7th June 2014 - 11:00

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Tyres. Ultremo, GP4000S or similar.

Well-cut clothing and a comfy saddle.

For some people a proper bikefit can make a huge difference.

Depending on the wheels you have, there's often room to upgrade here. But I wouldn't describe a nice wheelset a bargain.

Otherwise just ride it, that's what it's for. Carbon parts like stems and bottle cages are expensive and don't add to the experience.

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posted by Simon E [1941 posts]
7th June 2014 - 13:10

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Agreed on the tires.
Try new handlebar tape - feels like a new bike.
I recently got one of those gizmos (these blue plastic boxes with rotating brushes) that help you clean the chain properly - what a difference a properly cleaned chain makes!

posted by herrkaa [4 posts]
7th June 2014 - 17:53

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+1 on gp4000's. You can get a pair for 60 quid and in my mind they're easily the biggest bang for buck

posted by arfa [476 posts]
7th June 2014 - 18:09

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Tyres, spend money on something decent like Open Corsas SC, much better than GP4000s, and you can get the for around £10 more than a pair of GP4000S closest you'll get to a tub on a clincher rim.

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posted by glynr36 [354 posts]
7th June 2014 - 22:57

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Second hand SIDI shoes if they fit. Very hollow saddle (SMP IZM Cobb), for no perineum pressure to allow low aero position, set forward seat post for a more TT position ( not for everyone but I think KOPS may be a myth), Spinachi aerobars or other shortish tribars, Two budget 18650 LEDs strapped to bars using cable grip perhaps for winter evenings, Strava so everyday is a race day (but take care!), Ghostracer but take even more care.

posted by timtak [23 posts]
8th June 2014 - 5:04

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Losing a few lbs of your body weight and riding more is the biggest improvement I've had, and it's free... Spending on shiny upgrades is much easier though! Big Grin

Getting your position sorted is also a good one, you spend less time with post-ride aches and have the benefit of knowing you're getting the best from yourself.

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posted by SamShaw [252 posts]
8th June 2014 - 8:20

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