Top 5 cheap mountain bike upgrades:
1- New brake levers
One of the first things I do when I pick up a new or used bike is swap out the brake levers. You would be astonished at how much better your braking performance and feel can be with this quick and best of all, cheap upgrade. My favorite brake lever for standard, cable operated brakes is the Avid speed 7 lever. They are well under $20 and have been my favorite addition to both my disc brakes mountain bike and my V-Brake BMX bike.
2- Buy a new seat
Stock bike seats suck. Cheap stock bike seats suck even more and since riding a bike in pain is no fun, this is a cheap upgrade that pays big dividends. MY favorite seat is the ——————. It cost around $10 and I’ve found it to be extremely comfortable and durable. Money well spent.
3- New Pedals
Have you ever slipped off a junky paid of plastic pedals and hit your manhood on the cross bar?? I have, and I can tell you that nothing will ruin your biking adventures faster than the fear of it happening again. Personally, I prefer ————————- pedals over clipless pedals on a mountain bike. When I’m tooling around rough neighborhood streets or towing the kids on a bike trailer, it’s normally done on my mountain bike and these pedals allow me to simply hop on and go. They also do a surprisingly great job of keeping my feet planted and I never have to worry about slipping off of them.
4- New shifters
Again, another high value, low cost improvement to make is new shifters. If the bike came with grip shifters or low grade ones, the increase in shifting efficiency will be noticable imediatly.
5- New brakes