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What upgrade will make the most difference?

Dr_NickcpDr_Nickcp Posts: 53
edited July 2010 in Road buying advice
So, hypothetically, imagine you had around £100 to spend to upgrade something on a road bike. What would you spend it on?

If you want a more specific scenario then imagine you have a Ribble roadbike that's maybe five years, with an aluminium frame and other bits, carbon fork, Mavic Cosmos wheels and a Sora 8-speed groupset. And relatively new tyres. And you are concerned more with comfort than with weight or speed.

I've thought about a carbon seatpost - but I don't know how much difference this would actually make? I'm imagining it would be more comfortable than alloy.

Or perhaps I'd be better off buying a new pair of shoes - I currently have a fairly cheap pair from Decathlon, but they do fit me really well (I have freakishly wide feet and find shoe buying quite tricky).


  • danowatdanowat Posts: 2,877
    £100 and comfort?, probably spend it on a bike fit session.
  • thel33terthel33ter Posts: 2,684
    Get a cheapish carbon seatpost, (I got one for £16) and it made a small difference. You can also get fatter tyres or carbon bars of you can find some cheap enough.
    And now you know, and knowing is half the battle
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  • red dragonred dragon Posts: 263
    +1 for bike fit session.
  • skyd0gskyd0g Posts: 2,540
    A good pair of bibshorts. :wink:
    Cycling weakly
  • zaneszanes Posts: 563
    Open a savings account and chuck the £100 in towards a new bike. Or some nice clothing.
  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Ditch the Sora shifters, I'll bet you'd get used 105s for well under 100 quid. Get a nine speed set, add a nine speed cassette and you've got an extra gear too :-) Shouldn't have to change anything else. - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
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  • BarteosBarteos Posts: 657
    £100 spend on a bike fit will add more mph and/or comfort than any upgrade.
  • ScrumpleScrumple Posts: 2,665
    lose weight.
    invest the 100 quid
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