Yep the stitching all came undone on the gloves. And the jersey went bobbly really quick, plus the neck always felt like it was choking me. The moto shorts do look good though so I'm always tempted..
Great kit you're glad you bought
I've a few good bits, a Gore Bike Wear jacket, Blackburn Track Pump but the one bike related purchase that is better than anything is my Park workstand.
The days of turning the bike upside down and trying to adjust things were a nightmare.
NOT my Gore Phantom 2 jacket.Great jacket apart from Zip broke. you'd think it'd be good to go for that money, I saved ages to buy that jacket thinking it'd do me fine.. had to get a £12 replacement zip put in. if I wanted a shit zip, I'd've bought a shit jacket. Nice one Gore. I am now a beacon of bad words for Gore, from my one first experience of their stuff. My Aldi jacket and many other jacket zips works fine!
Great jacket apart from Zip broke. you'd think it'd be good to go for that money, I saved ages to buy that jacket thinking it'd do me fine.. had to get a £12 replacement zip put in.
Did you send it back to them?
Totally trashed the arm in a Race Face jacket then the pit zip broke, jacket was replaced FOC
no, Can't be arsed with all that. Why should I? I want it to **** work for £110! I want to ride my bike, not wait for stuff/post stuff/wrap stuff to be posted back n forth and letters and crap, didn't pay for that. Just won't buy anything from them ever again. Got a cheap zip put in and good to go.. even the zip place said it was great quality/well made/double stitching etc. but it BROKE!! one thing that pishes me off is crap zips.
no, Can't be arsed with all that. Why should I? I want it to **** work for £110!
Nicely flounced there, part of what you pay for is backup and support with kit. Every manufacturer has issues. They might have just sent you a new jacket or repaired it FOC.
maybe you're right, I should buy quality and then send it back cos it's shit. I wanted to use it for a weeks holiday, but it broke 2 days before. and couldn't be arsed waiting about. so got a cheap zip put on it. I wouldn't have had to do that if it actually worked. it's a zip FFS! anyway, pished me off. That's my experience, YMMV.
Now going through their seventh winter & the sole hasn't fallen off like every pair of Shimano disco slippers I've had.
Aldi winter gloves from 2007 . Best glove ever
Garmin gps -'edge 205 and later 500 great bits of kit that just work
Minoura repair stand
mt-81 waterproof shoes
endura singletrack shorts
Lately, a pair of new Specialized RBX Comp bib shorts. Their fantastic pad fully protected my undersides on a usually chafeworthy sportive on Saturday.
Patagonia capilene crew, r1 pullover and traverse jacket. I have used this system, in various combinations, for xc skiing down to -15, to mtbing during the summer heat and everything in between. All for just over £100 from the patagonia outlet store. Whilst still not cheap, it is very good value for money.
lots of tools.
Aldi winter gloves from 2007 . Best glove ever
Indestructible and perfect for most winter rides. Not bad for £4.
Also +1 Reverb.
And Crossmax SX wheels / Maxxis Exo tyres (tubeless) combination is spot on for all mountain shredding. I'd have forgotten what punctures are if I didn't have any other bikes.
schwable marathon plus tyres on the commuter 1000s of miles through the mean, glass strewn streets of london and not a single puncture
track pump, from decathlon, took me ages to get one, all those the wasted strokes!
hydrapak plug and play adaptor so i can use my hydrapak bladder with a camelbak tube n bite valve #bestofbothworlds
Chrome long merino wool socks. Worn all winter on and off road. And now in the summer too.
IceToolz ball ended allan keys. Multitools have their place, but a proper set of keys is much better.
Garmin 200: All you need from a bike computer (as opposed to a HR and power meter) and the GPS is much better than my 500.
Oakley Factory Pilot gloves - £16 great for XC and trail use.
ODI locking last brilliantly an don't slip.
XT brakes - 3000 miles in not touched them aside for 4 sets of pads.
Shimano cable cutters 23 years old and still brilliant.
Park tools - all the ones I have are ace.
Turner Bikes - you pay for and get quality.
Santa Cruz - as above.
Less impressed by Racing Ralph's (snakeskin)
Standard Conti Cross Kings
Intrepid shorts - very pretty but the stitching g around the crotch is woeful.
GorePhantom jacket - the middle cargo pocket need to be beefier as it sags a lot.
Rockshox Reverb and chunky monkey 2.4 tyres run tubeless!
Disc brakes. Still. 14 years afetr I first got some.
Lusso roubaix 3/4 knickers have been ace on the cold early morning commute.
Answer Fall Line Gloves are simply brilliant for my hands and are somehow great for almost all four seasons, they only lose it in the depths of winter.
Shimano winter boots... coz everyone needs a good pair of winter boots.
Another vote for the Reverb. So far it's been ace.
My road bike has been a brilliant investment too as has some of the Scott roadie gear that I've picked up cheap; the pro level bibs are great and so is the windproof gillet.
And, of course, a 29er
Assos bibs (still no equal for the most demanding usage)
SKS p35 Mudguards
Thomson Seatpost, no issues, no dramas, no fuss. Only other seatpost that comes close was an original syncros one.
Any Shimano SPD pedal, again they just work without any fuss.
Fox 2008 Float 32 RLCs. Still going strong with less than recommended maintenance. Again they just work.
Giant Anthem 2010 - my first MTB... where it all started
iGotU GPS logger and Strava/Veloviewer - motivation and exploration
Sealskinz waterproof socks with AM41s - keeps me riding all winter
Rebas - transformed by GT Avalanche
Dealextreme/Lightmalls XML torches - night riding on the cheap
Original Camelbak MULE. Still my favourite pack for 3 season cycling.
Gore Phantom - years old and still the most versatile bit of clothing I've ever owned
WTB Pure V saddle - the fact I've used one for 10 years plus and never notice it says a lot
Reverb - couldn't live without one now
Endura MT500 Jacket
Mucky Nutz Front Fender Bender
Osprey Raptor backpack
Thule Roof/Bike Rack
Park track pump
Lululemon Big chief bike shorts
I have 3 pairs, 6 years old now and I dont imagine I will ever need to buy any other shorts in my lifetime
Another vote for the Reverb here.
Also, X9 2x10. Can't ride any of my 3x9 bikes any more 'cos it just feels weird and I can't find the right gears. 2x10 just feels so much more natural.
Time Z Control pedals - moving to these from SPDs sorted out a whole load of knee & thigh pains I was getting. Been using them for years now and they just keep on working and not clogging with gloop.
Up until this weekend I'd have voted for the Fender Bender as well but mine started rubbing on the tyre on every big landing or step this weekend and was driving me mad. Can't work out why as it's been fine for the last couple of years......
NOT my Gore Phantom 2 jacket.Great jacket apart from Zip broke. you'd think it'd be good to go for that money, I saved ages to buy that jacket thinking it'd do me fine.. had to get a £12 replacement zip put in. if I wanted a shit zip, I'd've bought a shit jacket. Nice one Gore. I am now a beacon of bad words for Gore, from my one first experience of their stuff
This happened to mine after 1 year. Emailed gore. told me to take it to evans cycles where i bought it and got given a brand new one.Awesome service
29er - finally a bike that fits me
Deore disc brakes - cheap but just work and hardly require any maintainence
Decent kevlar tyres that makes tyre fitting/removal so much easier
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