Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by alecstilleyedye, 11 May 2008.

  1. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    a chap at work bought a bike for the wilmslow triathlon for £80 from decathlon. saw it today, it's a heavy steel bike (heavier, i think, than my 531 winter bike) with downtube shifters.

    i was going to give him advice on how to upgrade it, but i'm not sure that it's worth doing anything more than getting clipless pedals and shoes. i would never go back to downtube shifters, but the cost of upgrading to even shimano sora would be, imo, not worth the expense when you can get an alu framed, sora equipped bike for under £300 these days.

    wotcha think?
  2. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Really not worth doing anything with ime.
    The main overall parts will be too heavy and such poor quality that for any upgrades will be a total waste of money.

    The only upgrade i would bother with is decent tyres, which will be £40...so on 2nd thoughts, just tell him to start saving for a new bike
  3. OP

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    i might show him my commuter bike tomorrow, and say that for about £100-£150 he could get something of that quality second hand on ebay. if it had been a reasonable frame, but with crap finishing kit, i'd have recommended gradual upgrading, but as it is…
  4. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    He's probably the type who sees a bike priced at £500 and says, "But you could have bought a CAR for that".
  5. joshw

    joshw New Member

    Peak District
    New tyres, clipless pedals, maybe saddle.
  6. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    FWIW, I did really like my steel framed ten speed when I got that - at the time I just wanted to see whether I'd like a road bike or not - once the bug bit, I went off and bought an SCR2.0...

    At least pedals, tyres and saddle can be transferred to a new bike, if he decides he'd like to upgrade.
  7. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Birmingham, UK
    No harm in buying clipless pedals since they can be migrated to another bike. Ditto tyres.

    Someone in my office bought a bike shaped object and then wanted post-purchase advice. It was hard to know what to say!
  8. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    The bike will almost certainly allow him to complete the cycling split within the allotted time, if he wanted anything more he would have bought it. So why even discuss the upgrade of a bike that will never be upgraded?
  9. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Seeing as it's for a triathlon, wouldn't it be better just to put toe clips on, if it hasn't got them already? It'll make his transition for the final leg faster and I'm guessing as long as he does them up it won't make him much slower on the cycling leg.
  10. OP

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    fair point. my initial thought was that sti shifters would be useful (there was a nasty little climb on the route), as he said that he had to pick a gear and stick with it. i think that would have cost him time.
  11. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Would it really be such a problem changing gears with the downtube shifters? Granted, it's been a while since I had them myself but I would have thought that the occasional change while he climbed wouldn't be too much of a problem.

    Disclaimer: It's been 16 years since I had downtube shifters...
  12. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    No it is not a problem at all. I do approx 5000 miles a year on mine and they are as easy to use today as they were on my first road bike in the 70's :rolleyes:
  13. giant man

    giant man New Member

    Essex innit?
    There is a reason its 80 quid.
  14. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    The only problem I have with downtube shifters is that I'm always reaching down for them on my bikes that don't have downtube shifters.
  15. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    With down tube shifters, you don't have to pick a gear and stick with it - OK you can't change standing up but I still have down tube shifters and can change front and rear gears very quickly with one hand at the same time.

    Admitedly, for the price the shifters may not be indexed ?

    For the price of the bike - not really worth upgrading anything really - just use it as it is, and if he 'get's into it' then get a better bike.
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