5 Great Road Bike Upgrades For Under $50

5 Great Road Bike Upgrades For Under $50


– Have you got some
spare cash laying around and you fancy upgrading
something on your bike? Or maybe, a loved one asks you, what would you like for your birthday? What can I get you for Christmas? And you’re struggling
for some inspiration. Well, here’s five great
upgrades that you could make for under $50, under 45
euros, or under 40 pounds. Let’s have a look at them. (intense tones) (upbeat music) Okay, in at number one then, a firm favorite, new handlebar tape. New handlebar tape is like
when you’re going riding in a fresh pair of socks. It gives a nice appearance and also, it’s going
to be comfortable too. And when you got it on the bike, while it’s not up any
grubby old hand prints, or certainly not for the first ride, there is a huge variety, though, of different options available out there, from very basic and minimalistic tapes to something way more comfortable with some decent amount of cushioning. The world is your oyster
when it comes to bar tape. I’m not even going to start on colors. Well, I am a little bit. There is something out
there to match near enough every single bike on the market and if that doesn’t satisfy you, well, why not get something that
really clashes, perhaps. (upbeat music) Number two on my list, then, and Dr. Oliver Bridgewood’s
absolute favorite, the latex inner tube. They do come as standard in
some tubular ties out there, but well, not everyone out there uses them on a day-to-day basis. You are going to save some
weight by having them, about 40 grams per inner tube compared to a standard butyl tube. They do also offer a slightly
more comfortable ride because they are more supple
than a standard tube too, and that’s also going to
help you with your cornering because they’re going to
adapt to the carcass of a tire when you’re leaning it into a bend. Also, we’ve got a lower
rolling resistance in there and then, the last thing
which I’m going to mention, it’s not a positive,
it’s a bit of a negative, the tubes themselves are more porous, so that means that air is
going to escape overnight, for instance, but well,
you check your tire before every ride anyway. Don’t you? (upbeat music) Bottle cages, then, often
take ’em for granted, but it’s worth mentioning them because there is a huge variety of different products out there. So, if you’ve got a
subpar one on your bike, it’s likely you know about it because you’ve probably
lost a bottle somewhere along on one of your rides and if not, it’s Sod’s law
that it’s going to happen when you’re hurtling
down that bumpy descent and you don’t want to
have to go back up it. Many years ago, the variety
was heavy and sturdy or lightweight and flimsy. These days, you can get
lightweight and also sturdy too. You want that bottle cage
to have a nice firm grip so that you don’t lose your
bottle when you’re out riding. So what I recommend is
a water bottle cage, which has got a nice, firm grip, but not so firm that you have to stop at the side of the road
and wrestle a bottle out when it comes to having a drink. (upbeat music) Now, if you follow our
Monday Maintenance videos, which I’m sure you do,
you will know full well the importance of the
correct tool for the job and well, bike tools I see
as something of an investment because so many of them are specialists and they are going to
last quite some time. So if you’re using a free Allen key or a little spanner from IKEA, throw that away right now ’cause it’s not going to be up to the job and it could well be
damaging your component. Instead, why not get yourself
a decent little multi tool, which will do the job, and
they are built specially for bicycles and also to get
in those small little crevices that we sometimes have to. Of course, the ideal thing will be the individual specialist tool, but well, why not get yourself something
that will see you through ’til you can get your complete toolkit. (upbeat music) Right, my final one, decent tires, something I always recommend to someone when they’re talking about
upgrades on their bikes. We’ve got a number of
different reasons why. Firstly, puncture protection. Less likely to get a puncture
with them, for some reason, over even the cheapest, heaviest, oldest, thickest tires out there. It’s just the way the compounds
work and their flexibility. Now that flexibility also helps when it comes to ride quality too because they’re going to
give you a nice lively fill. When you get out of the saddle, you do notice the difference
between a decent tire and one that’s not that good indeed. One of the reasons behind this actually is the carcass of the tire, they’ve got more threads in there, which means that it can
adapt to everything it finds when you’re traveling along. Also, grip has to be
considered and mentioned as a real benefit too
because a decent tire will have had loads of R&D gone into it so the compound and also the tread pattern is going to be designed in such a way to enhance your ride quality and then, when we’re talking
about ride quality too, how would you like to not
put in quite as much effort, but to go the same speed? Well with a decent tire, generally, you’re going to have
less rolling resistance, which is always nice. (upbeat music) There we are then, five upgrades that aren’t going to break the bank, under $50, under 45
euros, under 40 pounds. Let me know in the comment
section down below, what would you recommend if you were sat here
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