Great kit you're glad you bought
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.Posted 4 years agodonalMember
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.Posted 4 years agochakapingSubscriber
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.Posted 4 years agokimbersSubscriber
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 #bestofbothworldsPosted 4 years agoTiRedMember
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.Posted 4 years agoshortcutSubscriber
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)Posted 4 years ago
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.messiahMember
Lusso roubaix 3/4 knickers have been ace on the cold early morning commute.Posted 4 years ago
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.bigyinnMember
Thomson Seatpost, no issues, no dramas, no fuss. Only other seatpost that comes close was an original syncros one.Posted 4 years ago
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.bartimaeusMember
Giant Anthem 2010 – my first MTB… where it all startedPosted 4 years ago
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 cheapThe PinksterSubscriber
Another vote for the Reverb here.
Also, X9 2×10. Can’t ride any of my 3×9 bikes any more ‘cos it just feels weird and I can’t find the right gears. 2×10 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……Posted 4 years agotrickydiscoMember
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 servicePosted 4 years agoBillOddieSubscriber
Dakine Nomad Pack “normal” ride pack. Allows me to properly obsessively compulsively organise.Posted 4 years ago
Osprey Helios “v.big” ride pack/hill walking daypack. 10 years old and still perfect.
Osprey Hydralics Reservoir – super nice and easy to fill.
Hope Pro II hubs – just work.
Stans Flow Rims – make your tyres a nice shape.
Howies Outback Jacket – ace UK conditions winter jacket.
Howies Jacket/Gilet – used mainly as a Gilet
Cheap TMARS dropper – a revelation.
Shimano AM45 shoes – perfect for UK condition 9 months of the year.
Shimano MW80 boots – for the other 3 months.
Fox Incline Gloves – no fuss but last well and fit right.
Topeak Mini 8 multitool – just right.
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