- One item that has changed your enjoyment of riding
For me it's a positive change. I bought one of the 50% off Joplin seatposts from CRC and it's great. My bike seems to have a slightly oversized ID on the seat tube so the post was always slipping unless I had the QR done up really tight. This meant I always used to keep my saddle a bit lower than I'd normally like for climbing as trying to open the clamp was a complete bastid. I'd end up pinching my finger tips or worse, breaking a nail.
I'd only ever drop the saddle if I was riding something real steep and technical. With the Joplin fitted I now lower and raise at will. No more stopping and wrestling with the clamp and no more broken nails, but most importantly I can have the saddle where I like when I like.
So what item, (good or bad) has done it for you?Posted 8 years agopsychleMember
My Enduro SL in it's entirety. Such a good bike, 28lbs all in with 6" of travel front and rear, it's everything I wanted in a full-suspension ride (and it has an adjustable seatpost as well 8) )
My first FS was a Yeti ASR, which was a bad choice for me as I blew through the travel too easily (should've done more research and gone with a 575! The ASR is a racer bike after all 🙄 )Posted 8 years agocharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
I have a few:
2.4 racing ralphs: damned light and fast but also better than suspension forks used to be.Posted 8 years ago
Bender fender; great idea that works really well and only a few quid. Looks soooo much better than the flappy neoprene option.
Hip flask and holster (cage) makes sitting on top of the last hill in the dark looking down on your home a lovely innings of contemplation and reward.geetee1972Member
+1 for the Joplin (or any other height adjustable seat post). It really is a 'use once, never go back' type product. Mine is unfortunately being fixed under warranty, so I am having to make do with a Thomson and it's a pain.
After that I'd say the Cane Creek Double BarrelPosted 8 years agovinnyehSubscriber
Camelbaks. Made carrying sufficient liquid for a big day out practical and easy. The number of bottle cage mounts used to be one of the important pieces of bike spec.
Decent lights- specifically the Lumi halogens for me- changed night into day and meant that you could ride whenever you wanted, all year round.
Tubeless- no more flats. Well, hardly any.
That's 3 but they all upped the enjoyment level a lot.Posted 8 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
vinnyeh beat me to it – good lights. I remember doing Mountain Mayhem the first couple of years and I had 2 big carrier bags full of lights, batteries, chargers etc which I'd had to beg/borrow/buy to share round the team. 5 or 10W of yellow halogen which would last about an hour on full beam. Faffy mounting systems, cables that would pull out. Argh.
Fast forward 10 years and you've got 1000lumen HIDs and LEDs that will last all night, lightweight, compact, reliable systems. 🙂Posted 8 years agocoffeekingMember
Hope DH4s – they're the only thing that's really changed my riding that I can pick out, I was always cheesed off that my brakes were not as good as I needed and that frame-flex caused all sorts of brake-related hell. Now I can stop when I want, almost quicker than physics allows, and the rest of the time I rarely need to touch the brake.Posted 8 years agoflangeSubscriber
Overshoes and arm warmers. Ok, two things but they both do the same job of allowing me to do club runs for 3 hours without screaming in the shower afterwards as my body warms back up.
Interesting points about tubeless. I'm trying to make my mind up at the moment but it sounds like sans tubes is the way to go.Posted 8 years ago
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