Easy Upgrades

novice_101
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Easy Upgrades

Postby novice_101 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:03 pm

Hi All,

Current bike is a Giant TCR Advanced 1 Disc - https://www.giant-bicycles.com/au/tcr-advanced-1-disc

I was just wondering what easy and relatively inexpensive upgrades could be made to such a bike as I go? I've only had it for a couple months, really happy with it, and much better than my intro-level bike before it, but I just wanted to see where I can make pretty easy gains on it really, and what components are easily upgraded to get the most out of a bike. It's completely standard at the moment.

Let me know if there is a current thread I should be using instead of creating a new one...?

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Re: Easy Upgrades

Postby rodneycc » Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:53 pm

Lovely Bike. Really Nice. Not a lot to do really. Second set of high end carbon wheels maybe. Garmin if you haven't got one already and a power meter maybe for some people...

But I'd be riding that like I'd stole it.. really fast.... :-)

Edit: ok too expensive? The inexpensive option is to get like a Garmin 520 or equivalent and a cadence sensor and work on your pedal stroke/cadence. Aim for between 90-100rpm on the flat and try to keep it high up the hills.

PS or if you are having any niggling pain after 40-50kms a you-beaut proper bike fit. I'm still in denial with that one.
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Re: Easy Upgrades

Postby Duck! » Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:14 pm

Not the easiest, but the most effective upgrade is to the rider.... ;-)
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.

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Re: Easy Upgrades

Postby Calvin27 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:14 pm

Mountain bike. :)
Fast light bike
Cushy dirt bike
Workhorse bike
No brakes bike
Ebike :)

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Re: Easy Upgrades

Postby novice_101 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:17 pm

Duck! wrote:Not the easiest, but the most effective upgrade is to the rider.... ;-)


Ha ha. I'm trying my best to improve that component ;)

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Re: Easy Upgrades

Postby novice_101 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:20 pm

rodneycc wrote:Lovely Bike. Really Nice. Not a lot to do really. Second set of high end carbon wheels maybe. Garmin if you haven't got one already and a power meter maybe for some people...

But I'd be riding that like I'd stole it.. really fast.... :-)


Cheers. I do love it. I often go into my spare room just to look at it ha ha. Must look into a computer of some sort indeed. It sucks keeping it clean with the colour it is!!

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Re: Easy Upgrades

Postby bychosis » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:36 pm

Calvin27 wrote:Mountain bike. :)

There it is. You don't need to upgrade your bike, you need to upgrade by adding another bike. One for a different purpose is normal, but you might buy the same again and one for rain and one for dry.
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Re: Easy Upgrades

Postby novice_101 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:21 pm

Can't afford a second bike....dont have space for one either :(

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Re: Easy Upgrades

Postby Mububban » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:35 pm

novice_101 wrote:Hi All,

Current bike is a Giant TCR Advanced 1 Disc - https://www.giant-bicycles.com/au/tcr-advanced-1-disc

I was just wondering what easy and relatively inexpensive upgrades could be made to such a bike as I go?


I notice it's got the same PR-2 wheels and tyres as my Contend which was half the price. So I'd say an upgraded set of lighter wheels. Otherwise - can't see anything else to upgrade!

p.s. love the colour
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Re: Easy Upgrades

Postby novice_101 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:17 am

Thanks Mububban....I think the colour adds another element of "you can't miss me on the roads in my bright attire!!" :)

Ya, I think it looks like I'll have to look into some lightweight wheels and I'm pretty set.

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Re: Easy Upgrades

Postby Derny Driver » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:37 pm

Mububban wrote:.... So I'd say an upgraded set of lighter wheels.

I believe those wheels without the big metal disc brakes attached are quite light. Maybe try some of those. :D

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