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“Don’t Buy Upgrades, Ride Up Grades…”  Really?


The great Eddy Merckx once recommended, “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.”

Far be it from me to disagree with the greatest cyclist of all time, but…

…if it’s all the same, I’ll buy upgrades and ride up grades.

I’ve found cycling is a lot more fun that way.  To me.  Just sayin’.

Sorry, Eddy.



  1. thecheekycyclist says:

    Agreed! An upgrade can be an enabler to future success! Like, a bigger cassette for your future climbs! Work smarter, not harder (just for the sake of it).

  2. The Omil says:

    Perhaps it’s easier to avoid buying upgrades if you are a pro cyclist (quite apart from being THE pro cyclist). In that case I guess someone just gives them to you. I think it’s great to buy upgrades – as long as you make full use of them.

  3. Brent says:

    If your goal is riding faster than other people, then you want to take Eddie’s advice. I’m never going to be faster than most people (too old, too fat, too … whatever) but I want to enjoy myself and to get/stay fit. For me, upgrades for the bike make the experience just what I want. I like it when the machine is silent. I like it when the gears shift crisply. I like it when the brakes stop smoothly. And yes, I do ride up grades. Not as many as Eddie, but enough to get better and to lose weight.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I’m with you… I ride ’em (and upgrade ’em) for the fun of it, no doubt about it – and the best part is we get to have fun and stay a healthy in the process. It doesn’t get better than that, brother.

  4. Haha! I’ve actually just written that quote into the first line of my next blog post! 😉 I may have gone and bought a few upgrades…

  5. Eric Kelsey says:

    I love nothing better then having 22.5 pound Fat Bike. It doesn’t come cheap but its so much fun.

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