I am looking for advice on upgrading my road bike. Got any thoughts or suggestions?
I currently have a mid/late-90's steel frame TREK 470 Road Bike.
|This is unfortunately the best picture I have of the bike without going down to storage to take it out.|
Going into my second season (and knowing this is one of many more to come), I would love to buy a full tri bike, but the expenses aren't in my favor at the moment, so I am looking to upgrade my current bike. I have a few thoughts of things I could upgrade, but don't know exactly where to start.
1. Professional Fitting
This will be done no questions asked once the weather turns more permanent spring.
2. Clip-on Aerobars
I will eventually buy a tri bike, but until then I figure I can get used to the aero position using clip-on aerobars. I have looked them up online and I must admit I'm surprised at how much they cost, ~$100+ (double my naive prediction). In my short search I did find a couple cheaper sets, HERE and HERE, but does the cheaper price mean they're worthless?, I have no idea. Do you guys have any suggestions for what might be a good price range or make/model for a first pair of aerobars?
3. Cycling shoes and pedals
At the moment, I have cages on my bike and I put my running shoes on in T1. I admit that I FLY through T2 transition, but I hear a lot about how actual cycling shoes can really help your ride. Is there a big difference between cages and clipless pedals?
I know that the wheels can be one of the biggest components for speed (one bike shop associate even suggested putting high end wheels on an entry level road bike; he said I'd get a faster ride for cheaper that way). I simply have not spent time looking into wheels, so I don't know what to expect for price or what makes/models are really feasibly in making a difference with a beginner/intermediate versus trying to shave seconds for an elite.
If you guys have any suggestions for what would be the best place to start or even suggestions for any of the above thoughts, I'd be more than happy to hear about them. I am still very much a novice when it comes to bikes.
Thank you so much!!
Stay fit. Stay healthy.