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: Pedals should be engineered to let you push off efficiently. Overused pedals have worn bearings and springs that hurt your cranks.
Upgrade to: Shimano PD-5700-C. The 285-gram pedals are stiff and stable, with an extra-wide platform for max power. [$150; bike.shimano.com]