- What cheap kit do you just love?
After a muddy ride up at Haldon yesterday I washed all my kit including the Gelert pack I use. It’s a blatant knockoff of a Berghaus Bladdered, cost about £15 maybe 8 or 9 years ago (if not more)and has been my go to pack for everything from quick blasts to all day Alp epics.
It seems to be just the right size and shape for everything, doesn’t weigh too much and to be honest, I will be gutted when (or if) it finally gives up the ghost.
The other one is the good old Giant XTC SX from 2006 that cost £500. I’ve upgraded the brakes, shock, saddle, post over the years so it’s still my go to bike for the stuff I don’t want to put the full suss through…and it never lets me down. I just can’t justify a new hardtail while I still have it, even though it weighs a ton, I just love it’s reliability!
So go on, what’s the cheap bit of kit you’d miss the most, that no-one else would probably use!Posted 4 years agocolournoiseSubscriber
Aldi windproof jacket. Really light and has served me all winter – really stops the wind (and most light rain) and not really needed anything more.
Aldi winter gloves – way more effective at keeping my Reynaud’s at bay than my Fox Antifreezes at about 1/3 of the price.
Various Chinese lights off of Amazon.Posted 4 years agoMackemMember
My bog standard Shimano pedals. Cost about 25 quid, as a temporary measure, had them about 3 years now,
in black, 22 quid at the moment.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
My Crane cycling top’s my most worn riding kit, it’s wearing out now though 🙁 Quite a lot of my kit is Mountain Warehouse, mind boggles when you see reviews of a £50 thermal baselayer with a “cycling cut”, my £2.99 thermal base from TK Maxx is perfect apart from being white.
Oh and my carreras! 20 years of service out of a rigid Krakatoa, and my Kraken got me back into mountain biking. I don’t begrudge spending more on a fork than on that entire bike, but it’s good to remember these things… Might build the Kraken frame back up again, it made a great rigid.Posted 4 years agolemonysamMember
I’ve had my m520s for 6 years now and they’ve been on three bikes and done about 10,000 miles without any attention beyond spraying them with gt85 when they’re rusty.
I have two more sets in the garage that I hang onto just in case but at this rate they may well outlast my legs.Posted 4 years agowillardMember
Not strictly cycling, but Karrimor did a blatant rip of an Inov-8 race pack that I got for 15 quid last year. It’s light, fits well and takes just about all the running kit I need for longer runs, so gets a thumbs up from me.
For cycling kit? I don’t really know. My Tesco windproof gloves were awesome up until one of my dogs ate one.Posted 4 years agoBazzMember
One of my cycling mates recently told me that he had just serviced his Shimano M520’s and offered to show me how, i pointed out to him that the oldest pair that i have are 7 years old, have done thousands of miles, don’t need servicing yet and for the price i didn’t think it was likely that i would ever service them.Posted 4 years agojrukMember
Another vote for Aldi tops – I ended up buying one of the skinny ‘pro’ jackets because the standard softshell is just so warm. It was so cold one night that my bite valve froze but the cheapo aldi top and a Helly Hansen t-shirt thing kept me plenty warm.
Just wish they’d make some 3/4 waterproof shorts.
FSA Orbit XL II headset – paid ~£20 and it’s ace. Has outlasted 3 XT bottom brackets and numerous Hope bearings. Great bit of kit.
On One / SSC CNC stem – light, cheapish and pretty.
Genuine Shimano finned pads – not cheap to buy but last ages and are brilliant so great vfm.Posted 4 years agoBoardinBobSubscriber
Karrimor dry bags from sports direct. Dirt cheap, tons of different sizes and genuinely waterproof. I filled one up with bag of ice and beers one night when we were camping. Went to retrieve it the next morning and the ice had melted but all the melt water was still contained in the dry bag with no leakage.Posted 4 years ago
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