When it comes to their custom bikes, riders get out what they put in. While it can be tempting to swap an old model for a new toy every year or two, hold off. Bikes, much like cars, are long-term investments and can be modernized with a few key updates – a less saggy saddle, handlebars that don't vibrate, responsive pedals. Here are a few tricks to making your current wheels ride like new.
What to Know: Old levers tend to stick and lose tension, requiring more effort to control.
Upgrade to: Sram Red DoubleTap. Install these and shifting and braking will be as crisp as they are on a brand-new bike. With Sram's double-tap system, you can also shift up or down with the same lever. [$619; sram.com]