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Old 12-30-2012, 11:33 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!
I would like to thank you in advance for any advice.

I just purchased a Diamondback Podium 1 and this is my first road bike. I have done a small bit of research and was curious what everyone would recommend as far as bike upgrades for the future.

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Sizes 58cm
Frame DBR Custom Butted 7005 Alloy EPG Enhanced Performance Geometry Frame, Formed Top Tube
Fork DBR Podium Performance Carbon, Alloy Steerer
Rear Shock N/A
Cranks FSA Tempo Triple, 52,42,30t
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
F. Derailleur Shimano FD2300, 31.8
R. Derailleur Shimano Sora 8spd
Shifter Shimano 2300 Dual Control 8spd
Brake Levers Shimano 2300 Dual Control 8spd
Brakes Tektro R350 dual pivot
Cassette Shimano HG50 8spd (12-25t)
Rims 28h frt / 28h rear Equation R17
Tires Michelin Dynamic Sport 700x23c
Pedals Wellgo Road w/Toe Clip and Strap
Handlebar DBR Drop Bar Road 31.8
Stem DBR 3D forged, +/-7 degree, 31.8
Seatpost DBR Performance Post, Alloy Micro Adjust 27.2mm
Seat DBR Performance Road
Headset Integrated "Cane Creek" Size Drop-in ACB 1 1/8"
Colors White
Chain KMC-Z82
Hubset (F) 28h Alloy QR (R) 28h Alloy QR Cassette
Spokes Black 14g Stainless Steel
Grips DBR Race tape w/Gel
Extras Owner’s manual, Chainstay Protector, Clear Coat, H20 bottle mounts



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Old 12-30-2012, 11:46 PM   #2
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Welcome, jd! Best thing to do with a new bike to find out what needs to be upgraded is to get on and ride the wheels off it. Weakness will become apparent. Address it as it becomes a problem. The important part is getting out a riding.



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Old 12-31-2012, 12:04 AM   #3
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Thank you new leaf for your advice. I've only logged only 10 miles on it so far. I guess I need more time.

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Old 12-31-2012, 12:59 AM   #4
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Welcome. What newleaf said.

If it were me, I'd ditch the pedals now and go clipless. You won't regret it.

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:01 AM   #5
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Just ride it! Welcome aboard.

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Old 12-31-2012, 11:31 AM   #6
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Like everyone else has already mentioned, ride, ride and ride some more. Until you have enough miles on the bike to figure out what works for you and what doesn't, I wouldn't touch a thing. The type of riding that you do and the terrain in which you ride will determine if upgrades (or a new bike) are in the future.

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I think with a new bike you should focus on position first. You may mistake a position problem with the need to change something out or "upgrade."

Oh, and where's the pics!?

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:16 PM   #8
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Pictures are coming. I live in the desert( west texas) and it has rained for three days... Go figure. When it stops I will post somr

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Old 12-31-2012, 02:45 PM   #9
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Welcome! The only thing that I would probably do first is to go clipless but that is only because I prefer it. Other than that, depending on what your plans are, you might want to make sure you are fitted properly to the bike and then ride ride ride. As others pointed out, the bits that you need to upgrade will become apparent.

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Best upgrade?



The engine.






As the others have said, get out an ride; maybe a proper bike fit will help you find a sweet spot. People say brakes, wheels, saddle, stem, pedals, tires, etc. Get a bike fit, get comfortable and get some miles in. You'll quickly learn where you and your bike are/are not compatible.

And welcome to the group!



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