- Best cycling-related things you’ve bought this year
Commuter built up on Brand X HT01 frame & exotic carbon forks & the Planet-X 27.5″ wheelset I rejected for my nice hardtail. It’s nippy and fun for my short commutes.Posted 1 month ago
Bike Trial Academy Weekender day ticket – I entered the competition at the easiest (white) level and had my bike handling skills tested hard. Found sympathy with what looked like a 5 year old also competing alongside me. Wish there was stuff like that on my doorstep might be able to get good at it, lol.
Mac-Ride child seat – bit pricey but my boy loves it, we just haven’t used it enough. So much nicer than a weeride, lighter, less bulky, quick to fit.
Zee brakeset to replace mismatched 2nd hand and Magura MT7 (unreliable) and Hope XC3 (reliable) brakes on street trials bike.DaffySubscriber
<£20 – bottle cage tool holder. I don’t have to squeeze everything into my jerseys and it takes seconds to swap between bikes.
<£100 a pair of 32mm Conti GP5000TL – excellent tyres, grippy, light and comfortable. Similar in the dry to Sector 32s, but better in the wet.
<£500 replacing my aluminium road rims with carbon 29er rims. Saved almost 300g on a wheelset. They feel more lively to me. Downside – Max pressure is 70psi, but I tend to use tyres between 32 and 50mm so no hardship.
<£1500 (cost to change) swapping my Kinesis Tripster ATR for an Open Upper. It’s a truly phenomenal bike that makes me just want to ride and ride and ride till my legs fall off. I LOVE it!
Cost??? Swapping my commuters drivetrain around from a Di2 Alfine 11 to an XTR Di2 Mech and cassette. It feels…better and doesn’t have me reaching for a different bike as soon as the weather looks dry. Maybe it’s just in my head, but at the moment, it does feel…better.Posted 1 month agomisteralzMember
>20€ A snowboarding top from Decathlon. Long in both torso and sleeves, so it doesn’t ride up and make my lower back freeze. Also, THUMB HOLES!
>50€ A pair of centrelock discs for the first time ever. Much less faff.
~50€ A guided morning riding trails on my last day on Curaçao. Great trails, great scenery, nothing mad gnarly but just an amazing morning out. Got my arms torn to ribbons and realized 29ers could actually be fun to ride, which brings me to:
~200€ – the cost to change my dull 2013 Zaskar 29er to a lively Scandal, after I’d sold the remnants of it to a friend who actually liked the way it felt.
Regrets? Only that I haven’t gotten out as much as I would like.Posted 1 month agokiloSubscriber
Pinnacle monzonite for commuting. Replaced a slightly more racey frame. Very cheap, £250 for the whole bike, shoved decent wheels, proper brake levers, mudguards and saddle on it and set it up as 68 inch fixed. Really nice ride, old school geometry but reasonably nippy for a cheap steel bike.
Posted 1 month agoshootermanMember
My Intense Primer. Best suited bike I’ve ever had for me and where I ride.
Maxxis Minion DHF & R tyres. They just work well everywhere.
SRAM Guide RE brakes. Took a bit of getting used to but not being able to stop just never enters my mind any more. (If you’ve ridden SRAM Level brakes you may know what I mean!).Posted 1 month agobrownsauceMember
A komodo free standing floor bike stand – a simple yet incredibly useful bike related product for just 12 quid , cant believe i waited until this year to buy one , makes repairs & cleaning so much easier.
Also the Ergon GA3 winged grips shown earlier in the thread , complete game changer in terms of rider comfort.
Forntunately i cant think of any really duff purchases so far…..Posted 1 month agoscc999Subscriber
Sunrace cassette, Absolute Black Oval NW chainring & 11sp shifter to replace worn 2×10 drvietrain. Really simple, works well and the oval ring really does seem to smooth out my rubbish pedalling technique!
Can’t think of anything else that wasn’t like for like really.
**Edit** Raceface ambush kneepads to replace old Fox Launchpad pros. RF’s are super comfy and open fully so you can get them on and off without removing your shoes. Really good.
Regrets? Not riding more!
SiPosted 1 month agonickcSubscriber
Topeak valve-core remover, even comes with a case that clips onto the hose of my Joe Blow. Makes changing tubeless a breeze, great little tool.
Camelbak Repack, fits nice, carries what I need, none of what I don’t
Maxxis WT Shorty, weighs the same as a small moon but Hell’s teeth; the grip!
A place on the Back Country Pyrenees tour by Basque MTB, pricey, but sublime riding.
Jublo Renegade, great lenses, but they’re just too big for my head and don’t play nicely with my helmet (insert your own willy joke here)
Gore C5 jacket in sliver, shapeless cut makes it uncomfy, and colour makes me look like I’m from the future!Posted 1 month agoShackletonSubscriber
Stand outs for me:
>£100 7mesh revo wayerproof shorts. Just amazing in all ways. Hayes dominion a4 too but they just do their job very, very well. The shorts were game changing.
<£100 Michelin wild mud tyre. Miracle tyre for staying upright. Honorable mention to ion rascal select shoes.
<£20 supafeet foot beds to keep arches in shape and reduce pressure spots.
Regrets – DMR death grips – too slim, shame as they are nice to hold.Posted 1 month agobenp1Subscriber
surly big dummy cargo bike – used instead of a second car, lots of weekend runs and kids club drop offs and pick ups. Picked up my daughter and her two friends today and dropped them home
Will have those memories with me for a very long time, lots of laughing and funPosted 1 month agoslimboyjimMember
Well I’ve made a fairly strong effort to spend less money on the bike but it didn’t go so well…
Under £10 – Diagonal snips. Got a cheap set off Amazon, and immediately realised I’d been a d*ck for not getting them earlier. All I use them for is trimming zip ties, but once you get a zip tie flush so it doesn’t scratch you / rip apart your sponge when you wash the bike it will be a tiny revelation in your life! It’s likely to be a sad reflection on myself (?) but this is the happiest £7 has ever made me!
Under £15 – Zwift membership. Before anyone asks, yes I would prefer to ride my bike properly. However, 3 kids, a full time job, plus the fact a trip to the nearest places to get in a proper ride makes said trip a 5hr endevour makes the chances to get out slim pickings. Cue lack of fitness and motivation, particularly when my riding mates all live on hills, get out all the time, and are FAR stronger climbers. Step in Zwift and I’ve gone from cycling maybe 30km/month to nearly 400km/month. Its hard work. It isn’t going to blow you away with how much fun it is (although I’ve not done any racing on it which I imagine is better). But it is interesting enough to fill that void,and when I do get out I’ll be stronger and able to enjoy myself more! Winning…
Under £25 – Epic Bleed Pike service kit. Far cheaper than sending it off for servicing and pretty easy – just unscrew a load of stuff and put it back the way you took it out… Bled a LOT of air out of the damper, and it feels better as a result. I just did the damper as I didn’t have time to do a lowers and was about to go to Revs the next day so didn’t want to mess too much, but it still made a nourishment difference.
Under £50 – Revolution Bike Park uplift tickets. Every time I go this place scares the life of our me. It is hard and, quite frankly, terrifying. However, by the end of the day when you have beaten your demons and feel like a riding god you’ll find it hard to wipe that smile from your face for days… Very friendly place too. If anyone remembers Richard Hammond driving A Bowler Wildcat on Top Gear it’s the biking equivalent.
£600 – Wahoo Kickr Core. As Zwift above. Expensive but nice and a necessary evil. I wish it wasn’t so expensive, but it is getting use 4 or 5 days a week unlike most stuff I buy!Posted 1 month agobreadcrumbSubscriber
<£5 Purple dice dust caps
<£100 4.8 Minions
<£500 Calibre Dune
A young family and full time job means I don’t have the riding time that I used to have so bike related purchases have dropped. So not had chance for any duff purchases.
Also really happy with my GoPro 8, but lack of riding at the moment isn’t really making the most of it, and a new phone with more storage would help with the GoPro. Still it’s cyber Monday tomorrow so we’ll see what bargains are to be had.Posted 1 month agomalv173Subscriber
Chamois cream for a 39 mile organised ride in the Peaks. I’ve never used it before, but a roadie friend always does, and I now understand why. The route was very pedally and I was expecting quite a bit of discomfort at the end, but experienced none. Now if I’m out for more than an hour it’s time to butter up!
Also, an Onza Ibex 2.4 for the rear. I really, really like it, paired with a Magic Mary up front.Posted 1 month agocynic-alSubscriber
I don’t buy much but:
£35 or £70: planet X tubeless pump – I got it pre sale at the cheaper price but definitely worth it for the 2 tubeless bikes I run and am thinking of more.
<£20: lots of things from local charity used bike/parts shop. Amazing value (if you run <10 speed for parts)
Great thread!Posted 1 month agotwistedpencilSubscriber
<£20 surf poncho from decathlon. No more exposing myself Iin car parks!
>£100 renthal fatbar 40mm rise bars. Royal Matrix jacket. Megavalanche race entry (two punctures ruined the end of the week, but still a week in the Alps!).
Best one. Pure V5 bmx frame for my rad lad, he looks ace on it.Posted 1 month ago
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