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TAbiker said:
What is the most important upgrade one can make? (Other than the rider)
contact points: saddle, shoes hood/bars. You can't make yourself suffer going fast if you are suffering from bad contact points.
 

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Everyone ought to be able to spot their own weakest link. For example, if you ride an old '93 aluminum GT with 8 sp Dura Ace, then probably the frame or perhaps the wheels. More often than not, it's gonna be one of those two things.
 

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little upgrades that have made me the happiest (assuming you bought a bike which fits and has a seat that you like):

1) Tacx tao bottle cages ... my first cages were hard to use and rattled.
2) 25mm tire on the rear (alloy frame) to soften the ride a tad (I'm around 190 - 200 lbs).
3) Skewers with internal cams (ie Shimano and some others), as I find the action much smoother and more pleasant to use than the ones with a cam'ed lever and curved washer.
4) Avid roller-magic (onto shimano DA7700 rear deraileur), lowers the lever force for shifting ... not super pretty, but def improvement in shifting ... $US10

So, yeah, if you're talking about big money, then frame, wheels, carbon bars, carbon post etc, but if not ...
 

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Top 10, in order

1. Proper size frame
2. Wheels
3. Tires/tubes
4. Proper cassette for terrain
5. Saddle
6. Bars
7. Stem
8. Seat post
9. shifters
10. Rear derailleur
 

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A fancy bright tail light. This upgrade might actually save a rider's life.

I recommend the Planet Bike Super Flash on less than $25 price range.

If you can afford it, the over $100 Dinotte tail light is bright beyond anything out there.

 

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Wheels that are appropriate for your weight and style of riding. The bonus with wheels is that you can transfer them to just about any frame that you decide to get in the future or if you want to demo a new bike, do it with your own wheels.
 

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darkest_fugue said:
my lights are my bar end plugs, does anyone else have thease?
I have ridden with those in the past. The ones powered by small button batteries seemed too dim to me.

Trek and SOMA now have brighter versions that are powered by a single AAA battery that are definitely brighter and I have these on mine.

NOTE: The shape is longer than those button battery powered ones, so these will not fit in all bars. Fits my FSA shallow drops just fine.



 

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Crank, followed by saddle and pedals
 

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Legs. (eg. time with the bike)
 
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