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I have saved up $200 CAN, and I want some advice on what to upgrade on my bike. The parts I am deciding about, are brakes, fork (any good sites anyone knows?) wheelset, or tires. Can anyone tell me a good way to decide which one to upgrade?

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My upgrade policy is to replace what is worn out or whatever I am not happy with.
Unless you are loaded with money there is little sense in upgrading "just because".
 

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200 won't buy you much in the way of forks or wheelsets. It would help to know what you have all ready and what's wrong with your current set up that makes you think you need an upgrade. I think in the end you should save your money because sooner or later something will break and then you will really need that money to replace a part just to get back on the trail.
 

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some thoughts for you

you don't say what you ride, so I can't say what might be a target to upgrade. Generally, upgrade what breaks. If you have an entry level bike, put the $200 into an account and grow it for a good ride in a year or 2.

Don't order from the M-O houses David listed, unless you clearly understand shipping, international charges, border fees and brokerage, and that the $200 CAD is $180 USD. Not to bash David, but most US riders have no idea about international shipping, for that matter neither do most Canadians. It's a minefield that can make a bargain stateside way more than what you could have gotten it for in Canada.

What's wrong with your current ride?

Jim
 

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Take that $200 and stick it in the bank. Keep putting $100 each month. At the end of the year, buy a new complete bike.

I am not kidding and not being a smartass.

The bike you have is fine for whatever the manufacturer built it for, but to do what you want to with it will cost twice or three times what you originally paid for the complete bike. Upgrades are for people who start with frame only and begin building with what is lying around.

Upgrades will not make you a better rider. Riding your bike without worrying about how it looks will make you a better rider.
 

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JimC. said:
you don't say what you ride, so I can't say what might be a target to upgrade. Generally, upgrade what breaks. If you have an entry level bike, put the $200 into an account and grow it for a good ride in a year or 2.

Don't order from the M-O houses David listed, unless you clearly understand shipping, international charges, border fees and brokerage, and that the $200 CAD is $180 USD. Not to bash David, but most US riders have no idea about international shipping, for that matter neither do most Canadians. It's a minefield that can make a bargain stateside way more than what you could have gotten it for in Canada.

What's wrong with your current ride?

Jim
That is very true what Jim states. It crossed my mind when I read the first thread but forgot about it before I gave the links. If you are going to do any upgrades and don't want to buy a new bike (some new bikes in the lower price range have larger comprimises) make sure you research to find the best you can get for the amount of money you want to spend. Look in at least three different places before purchasing and get reviews too.

You should probably upgrade only what feels weak (brakes for instince) or doesn't do its job properly (assuming it is adjusted right). Alot of lower end components are really fine performing pieces and they function fine. What kind of bike/setup do you have and how do you ride? A famous place for companies to save money is on the cranksets but if your not seeing any bad performance, leave it alone.

Hope this is informative,
David
 
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