I plead the fizif
Admittedly, I am a born-again noob. I just bought myself a 2007 Gary Fisher Wahoo this year for Christmas and am really enjoying riding again. I believe this is the first time I have been on a bike in about 16 years, since I used to have to peddle to drivers training every day. I am trying to understand why so many people seem to be upgrading many of the components on their bikes. They buy a bike, and then immediately change the crank, cassette, derailleurs, grips, etc. Are all of the stock components on my bike (or any bike) really that bad? What is the difference between the stock derailleur and an SRAM $225 model? Every time I hit the shift lever, it shifts. What more do I need? Do people really spend this kind of dough just to save a few ounces? I need to drop about 80 pounds off of myself before I would even think that saving a few ounces on my bike would be worth anything at all.