Your riding kit design flaws/gripes?
My Endura shorts. practically perfect in every way, good material, length, right number of pockets, waist loops for a webbing belt…..
The only issue is there’s a quite proud seam on the inside leg that snags on the nose of my saddle when pedalling, and the more it snags, the prouder it gets until it becomes a real pain. When i get home I can trim any loose bits back off, but I’m not taking a sewing kit and scissors out on a long ride.Posted 3 years ago
What kit do you consistently use that has a design flaw that winds you up?
Recently purchased a new road helmet (Spec S3 – My first helmet that I use just for the road). The blooming chin strap reverberates really really loudly above 30mph. Have to hold my mouth open to get it to stop. Drives me crazy. And my glasses don’t stay in the vents when I take them off mid-ride, grrrrr. First world problems.Posted 3 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
Gripe is dishonest tyre width, it’s pretty absurd and makes it really hard to make informed decisions. Will this fit in my frame? Is this “lightweight 2.4” actually a pretty heavy 2.1?
This drives me nuts!
Ze Germans have provided a partial solution:Posted 3 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
While I’m at it, “winter” gloves that are just about warm enough for autumn. I think it was MBR last year, did a “winter gloves” test that thought 5 degrees was a good test and marked some down for being “too warm”
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All the shoes I’ve tried (shim am, five 10’s and tevas) just have to look at water and they’re sodden
The best I’ve used were the Sombrio x-shazams. But discontinued now, I’d buy 5 pairs if I could.Posted 3 years agokimbersSubscriber
dont spesh have proprietary shock mounts too?
Ive got some great oakley shorts that fit well, good length, excelent balance of breathable and warm, good adjustable ratchet at waist,
but no zip pocket and seams that fall apart just looking at them
any cycling shoe thats no good for walking in the mud
my main gripe- cycling shorts/ inners that have really tight elastic/rubber round the thighs, I dont think ive got hulk thighs- surely lots of cyclists have a similar physique, but its always the same!Posted 3 years ago
Just noticed my gloves are wearing just on the thumb knuckle where it it rests/hooks round on the bottom of the hoods, exactly the same spot where my last ones wore through. Aldi so at that price forgiveable.
Endura Zyme shorts as stated above the seam seems to catch, the stealth waterproofness longevity is pretty bloody poor too.
shimano downsizing of shoe sizes in the last couple of yearsPosted 3 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
any cycling shoe thats no good for walking in the mud
Which leads me on to…..
Stupid fastenings on shoes. Laces are ace, you can get them ‘just so’ and they never come undone. Cover them in a velcro flap to keep the crud off and it’s hard to think of anything better! (Answer Accelerators used to be perfect in that respect!) Also, if you’re away on a riding trip and a lace breaks, it’s easy to replace. Try finding a new Boa/strap/whatever in deepest darkest…..Posted 3 years ago
Cover them in a velcro flap to keep the crud off and it’s hard to think of anything better! (Answer Accelerators used to be perfect in that respect!)
Nike superpoobahs were similar, brilliant and due to a an extra strap you could run them laces undone for short rides if you CBA tying your laces, unfortunately tread was rubbish and the soles ended up looking like those Sidis after not very long at all.Posted 3 years agotimidwheelerSubscriber
any gloves with linings that aren’t firmly fixed to the finger ends.
I hate this. I have some expensive gloves that I just don’t wear because as soon as my hands get a little bit sweaty, they become impossible to remove without them disemboweling themselves.Posted 3 years agobrakesMember
Laces are ace, you can get them ‘just so’ and they never come undone. Cover them in a velcro flap to keep the crud off and it’s hard to think of anything better!
completely disagree.Posted 3 years ago
laces offer no on-the-fly adjustment – your feet shrink as you lose water-weight during a ride so you need to tighten them (unless you have the Boa closure system). they also create pinch points over time and will distort and stretch your shoes a lot quicker.
2 x velcro + 1 x ratchet is far better, quicker, more robust and a lot more comfortable.njee20Subscriber
Meh, I like Boa closures on shoes. Broke one on my road shoes, and it was a trip to the LBS to replace it (I realise not every LBS will carry the spares), but it’s not a hugely regular occurence. In fact that’s the only one I’ve broken and I’ve had shoes with Boa laces for about 8 years.
Laces… definitely not, the winter boots have laces and they’re shit.Posted 3 years ago
laces offer no on-the-fly adjustment – your feet shrink as you lose water-weight during a ride so you need to tighten them
show of hands who does this?
Even with the 1 boa system I have I normally set it within the first mile then leave them for the rest of the ride.
I do prefer velcro to laces TBH coz I’m a lazy bugger, boa seems ok so far but don’t like the idea of having to fix them. Previous system used to get jammed on with mud ingress, not great for mtbing.Posted 3 years agodangeourbrainSubscriber
I’ve a Gore wind stopper with zip on of sleeves, all well and good except when I’ve got the sleeves off and get chilly it is as close to impossible to reattach the things without taking off the body as I can imagine, leaving me colder than before I put the things on.Posted 3 years agosurroundedbyhillsSubscriber
I though it was just me that had the baggies issues. The large backside needed to power the bike and the thin waist as a result of riding so much seems too much for the manufacturers to overcome.
The velcro on the backs of gloves which grabs onto other, usually expensive tech clothing in the wash.Posted 3 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
Just to counteract the shorts moans for a sec – Troy Lee Moto’s have a nice adjustable ratchet closure that would be ideal for you fatties.
They are also the only shorts I’ve found that don’t wear through/rip on the arse seams. They have hip protection pads and no liner (I don’t use padded liners). Win!
Fail – all other flimsy shorts I’ve tried, that snag/rip/wear throughPosted 3 years ago
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