Upgrades for your mountain bike aren’t always about 1×12 groupsets and carbon wheels. Sure, throwing hundreds and even thousands of pounds at those sorts of things can result in some big changes in your ride, but thankfully there are plenty of other ways to improve performance that don’t require you to shell out quite so much.
Here are five little upgrades that I’ve been using on my test bikes over the past year, all of which cost less than 20 quid.
Dee-Dar Peaty’s Push-On’s
- Price: £4.99 (pair)
- From: Uberbike Components
When we first got wind of Steve Peat’s new penis-shaped valve caps, everyone in the office genuinely thought it was a joke. Indeed when Peaty proudly showed me a prototype back at the Birmingham Cycle Show two years ago, all I could do was purse my lips and give him the old ‘smile & nod’ while going ever so slightly red in the face.
Yes, these are silicone valve caps that look like little dicks. Unfortunately there are no flesh-coloured options, but you can get black, green, red, yellow, blue and orange. They come as a pair in a neat little tub that you can reuse for storing chain links and spare brake pads in your riding pack.
Aside from adding a splash of colour to your bike (don’t pretend like you don’t care), Push On’s offer your tyre valves a little extra protection, while being super easy to whip off when checking tyre pressure – something I engage in regularly. No, they’re not essential. But have you ever had a standard plastic valve cap unthread a valve core with it when you’ve gone to pump up your tyres? I have. It’s only happened a couple of times (usually when there’s some residue sealant or a slightly bent valve that causes the cap to stick), but that was enough to make me appreciate the simplicity and functionality of these Push On’s. I also really enjoy the reaction of new riders when they burst into laughter when they realise I have rubber penises on my bike.
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Right, so there’s my list of five upgrades. But what about you? Are there any little upgrades you’d recommend to your fellow mountain bikers?
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