Cycling can be a very affordable hobby. However, it is very easy to spend a lot of time and money, making little upgrades to your ride.
On Mountain bikes, you have plenty of opportunities to upgrade the ride quality, speed, comfort, and stability. But, sometimes, you just want an easy win that will not break the bank but will make you smile next time you go for a ride.
One of your mountain bike’s main contact points is your grips and a very cheap way of upgrading your comfort and control.
Even if your current grips are not worn, your bike can feel brand new by upgrading your grips. Choose from several different compounds, and make sure you get a color and pattern that adds to your style.
While we are on contact points, consider upgrading your saddle. We are all different, and a slightly different design or composition saddle will feel comfortable for some but not others.
If you are still riding the stock saddle that came with your mountain bike, investing in a new saddle will dramatically improve your comfort while cycling. Of course, there are plenty of super expensive flashy saddles out there.
But there are also plenty of bargains that perform just as well at a fraction of the cost.
3. Dry Lube
You should already know the importance of keeping your chain clean and well lubed. Next time you clean your chain, invest in some Teflon based dry lube rather than the traditional chain oil.
It suites mountain bikes better as it does not attract as much dirt as your conventional wet chain oil. Dry lube helps your chain to run smoothly for longer.
This one right here is a great option for you!
4. Plastic valve caps
It may have no impact on performance, but it is a nice touch that can upgrade your color coordination game.
Valve caps are inexpensive and look a little cooler than the traditional black valve caps.
5. Plastic Fender
If you do not have some already, get yourself some plastic fenders to help keep you and your bike a little drier on muddy trails.
They are easy to install and, more importantly, easy to remove when they are not needed.
We personally recommend fenders if you at all plan on using your bike other than on the trail, as you normally will be wearing clothes that you don’t want to get dirt and mud on.
This fender here is a great option for those looking for an effective, cool looking, and lightweight option.
By far, the most cost-effective way to improve your mountain bike ride quality is to give it a good clean and service.
You can take apart, clean, and service your whole bike in a few hours with a little knowledge and a few tools. Once done, it will feel like a brand new bike.