- Best cycling-related things you’ve bought this year
Interested to hear what mtb-related things people have bought this year and which they’d recommend
Most useful to split into price brackets I think, so for me:
<£20 – Rahox brake pads. Last ages, great modulation and power. Annoyed how long I spent using cheap ones
<£100 – Knipex pliers wrench (150mm version). Like having a third hand and far more useful for non-biking stuff than I expected.
New Hans Dampf (on the back) and an Aussie Grit gilet have also been excellent
>£100 – Coil shock for my Jeffsy (CCDB Coil). I knew it would make the bike better on the descents but I was astonished how much better it made the climbs and flats/berms. I enjoy riding the bike much more now – best upgrade since a dropper post.
Wahoo Element Bolt, a week with White Room in Les Arcs and an Exposure Maxx-D were also good
Regrets – not many but my Camelbak Skyline LR 10 is rubbish on rocky descents and tries to overtake me. Least stable pack I’ve ever ridden with, despite considerable faffage with the cinch straps multiple times a ridePosted 1 month agostewartcSubscriber
<£20 – Royal Racing jersey on sale at JensonUSA, one of my throw on as its just comfortable.
<£100 – Some Sweat Protection knee pads, just feel so right from day one even if a little pricier than the alternative, luckily on Sale.
>£100 – ASX Dropper post, really digging it and planning to go full AXS when I finally kill my X01 rear mech.
eeWings, zero performance improvement but boy do they look good.
Regrets – Too few to mention.Posted 1 month agokelronSubscriber
Carbon seatpost on my gravel bike made an immediate and big difference to comfort which I really didn’t expect. Sold the bike 2 months later anyway.
2nd hand pikes for my hardtail, so much more fun than the 100mm recons it came with. I’m sure my headtube will snap and kill me 🙂Posted 1 month agomattbeeSubscriber
A van. No more pissing about dismantling bikes or faffing putting them on a rack.Posted 1 month ago
Space to get changed easily.
Loads of room for work kit and the dogs as well as the bike so I don’t have to keep swapping stuff in and out to be able to get home from work, walk the dogs and then go for a ride.
This is the one I got…
Fun fact: When searching for it I accidentally typed “she dryer” and it came up with a load of hair dryers.
How very sexist!Posted 1 month agobig_scot_nannySubscriber
210mm One Up Dropper – marvellous amount of saddle-lowerage, to go with my new custom chi-ti 29+ hooligan frame.
I like people’s responses on activity purchases, in that vein I’ll stick in 2x days lift passes for Davos, and one day in Lenzerheide, + train there and back from Basel. Best spent money this year by far!Posted 1 month agoeasilyMember
2018 Arkose 3.
Vittoria Revolution tyres to replace the puncture-prone WTB Riddlers
Carnac Equipe Photochromic Sunglasses from Planet X, which are fab, but I lost mine yesterday when I had a little crash. Damn.
Hummvee mitts – very comfortable.
(Maybe) a messenger from Life Behind Bars – im still pondering.Posted 1 month agota11pau1Subscriber
RRP Bolt on Proguard, nearly 30 miles over the last 2 days in the wettest and muddiest conditions I’ve ever ridden in, I could count on one hand the number of dirt spots on my face over the 2 days. Didn’t even wear any glasses today.
£32 pair of madison bib tights from evans. My first ever set of bib tights, why did I wait so long? No more cold lower back from a gap between shorts and top, or having to hike the shorts up every so often. And no more waistband which feels like it’s going to cut you in half!Posted 1 month agomartinhutchMember
Camelbak Repack – just the right size (once I ditched the bladder) for longer rides and short local stuff. Very comfy too.
A cheapy no brand 10 quid rear light from Amazon. Has put up with endless abuse and still works perfectly, unlike the more expensive Lezynes etc it replaced, which broke pretty much straight away.
Royal Racing Storm waterproof trousers might sneak into contention. Wore them for the first time today, warm, very comfortable, not even much rustling.
No >100 quid, unless you count the Orbea Oiz…Posted 1 month agoreluctantjumperSubscriber
Brand X dropper post – as good as the Fox Transfer on the other bike for less than a service on the Fox one, absolute bargain.
Dakine Skyline gloves – comfy as hell and stretchy over the knuckles, need to order a few pairs as spares!
Ergon SE1 Comp saddle – instantly comfortable and doesn’t get sore as I pile the miles on.
SunRace 11-46 cassette – a much better gear spread than the Shimano one it replaced.
Only dud purchase this year was a pair of glasses that just seem to attract any moisture whatsoever and smear. Back to the cheap £6 safety specs from Arco from now on!Posted 1 month agok1100tMember
<£20 – Draper Expert 57768 190 mm Wire Rope and Wire Cutters, like a hot knife through butter
<£100 – Lomo frame bag for carry loads of crap while on the fat bike.
>£100 – NS Bikes RAG+ frameset with full Shimano GRX groupset
Regrets – Cracking the fat bike frame and taking it to the tip…Posted 1 month ago
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