Hallelujah bike bits-ones you cant imagine changing

bahzob
bahzob Posts: 2,195
edited November 2008 in Workshop
After trial and error I find you sometimes come across something for your bike that's competely sorted. You can't imagine using anything else.

I have 2 on my list:
- Progold Prolink chain lube
- ITM K-Sword bars

Possible 3rd might be
- Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres for puncture free winter rides

And Pearl Izumi Pro Shorts would have been on the list but post 2006 they completely changed the design for much inferior ones.

Anything else?
Martin S. Newbury RC

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  • Ken Night
    Ken Night Posts: 2,005
    Good question

    After a lot of faffing....

    Record QS shifters
    , just such a pleasure to use compared to three pairs of Centaur which themselves are more than adequate.

    13-26 cassettee, for a straight run of 7 useable cogs, used with 50/36 chainset, with above shifters

    dhb 3/4 bibtights-nothing comes close in comfort

    a Sigma branded Nalini jacket-windtex front, and front of arms. So effective

    Assos Intermediate jacket-99.9% as good as the above

    A 1990's 853 Raleigh frame-So comfortable....currently resting, but it's been a race bike, fixie, and audax bike

    Airborne Carpe Diem frame-been a commuter, cross and audax bike. Now sports disc brakes

    Many many mistakes to get to this
    “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best..." Ernest Hemingway
  • gkerr4
    gkerr4 Posts: 3,408
    bahzob wrote:
    After trial and error I find you sometimes come across something for your bike that's competely sorted. You can't imagine using anything else.

    I have 2 on my list:
    - Progold Prolink chain lube
    - ITM K-Sword bars

    Possible 3rd might be
    - Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres for puncture free winter rides

    And Pearl Izumi Pro Shorts would have been on the list but post 2006 they completely changed the design for much inferior ones.

    Anything else?

    my only contribution to this thread is my toupe 143 saddle which is awesome and will soon have one on all my bikes.

    I am curious as to why the K-Sword handlebars made your list - whats so good about them? (I really like the look of them but not sure what they are like in operation - have you got them with shimano or campag? - just curious about the cabling routes)
  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    Sorted

    Smart 1/2 watt Superflash rear light (amazing performance for £11)

    Fenix L2D CE Q5 front light (amazing performance for the price)

    Prolink Progold lube

    Specialized All Condition Pro tyres (road bike, audax bike, commuter) (have had zero punctures/many miles)

    Schwalbe Marathon (tourer)

    Selle An-atomica saddle on my tourer/commuter (god's own saddle)

    SKS p35 mudguards

    Tubus Cosmo rear rack (Stainless steel version of the logo, lighter, stronger, prettier, pricier, but fantastic).

    Ortlieb Back Roller Classic panniers

    KMC missing link

    Handbuilt wheels on MAvic Open Pro rims

    Topeak Road Morph pump

    Shimano MT90 Gore-Tex SPD walking/cycling boots for touring.

    Shimano XTR M970 SPD pedals

    Topeak Alien II multitool

    Zip ties

    Yet to decide:

    Still searching for the perfect computer (using VDO, which comes close (they did a free warranty replacement after 8 years! So they are top candidates for that alone!), and Cateye...not convinced, really).

    Currently trying out Koolstop Salmon brake pads

    Planet-X saddle on my road bike - I am quite surprised that it is seeming to be quite comfy, better than my Specialized Avatar, still too early to tell for sure.

    Planet-X model B wheels, came on my new road bike, amazingly light, incredibly smooth bearings, just waiting to see how they last.
  • maddog 2
    maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    bits:

    Gore ride-ons

    WTB Rocket V ti

    Thomson posts

    Ergon grips

    OP ceramics


    Clothes:

    Endura thermastat clip biblongs

    Gore Phantom jacket

    Spesh BG carbon shoes
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  • John C.
    John C. Posts: 2,113
    koolstop brake pads
    best stoppers I've ever had, and kind to my rims.
    pound for pound the best upgrade I've done to any bike
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  • bobpzero
    bobpzero Posts: 1,431
    edited June 2009
    interesting no one has mentiond their wet weather gloves yet.

    anyways my short list of sortd items
    assos everything except their socks, mitts & roubaix bib tights
    goretex signature cap for rainy days
    oakley radars with photochromatic lens
  • JC.152
    JC.152 Posts: 645
    Speciilzed Helix glasses with prescription-not worn anything since I got them much better then just normal glasses.


    Can't think of anything else yet
  • bahzob
    bahzob Posts: 2,195
    gkerr4 wrote:
    I am curious as to why the K-Sword handlebars made your list - whats so good about them? (I really like the look of them but not sure what they are like in operation - have you got them with shimano or campag? - just curious about the cabling routes)

    I had them on a loan bike and they just clicked with me in terms of ride comfort and looks. I've got Shimano, brake cables route inside the bars.
    Martin S. Newbury RC
  • Must haves for me:

    Fizik saddle (my bum insists!)
    - Arione for road bike
    - Gobi for MTB

    Time ATAC Free-Ride MTB pedals
    - Use these on almost all my bikes except for my racing road bike

    Polar S7xx HRM/Watch
    - Used since initially came out many years ago - always at my side

    Mavic Ksyrium Wheels
    - Bullet proof wheels that just won't die
    - Only wheels that get me to switch are my Cosmic Carbone's which I love equally as much but just can't justify riding all the time

    Topeak Mini-Morph pump
    - Should have been invented alot sooner - So much easier to use and less embarrasing for my skinny arms when trying to recover from a flat during a group ride ;)

    Camelback Mule
    - I've owned a version of the MULE since it was first released and probably won't change

    Something new that I'm not sold on yet - but has promise
    Winter Gloves - Pearl Izumi Pittards Elite Thermal Winter Gloves
    - Tight fitting and not bulky so I can still use my fingers
    - Time will tell how they can handle the cold and wet
  • robbarker
    robbarker Posts: 1,367
    Ummm...

    Assos tights

    Wipperman Connex chain

    Park Y shaped 4/5/6mm hex wrench

    Schmidt hub dynamo

    Thomson seatpost

    Tubus rack

    SKS Rennkompressor pump

    Fox forks

    Hilltrek Ventile jacket
  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    Assos padded bib shorts and to a slightly lesser extent the Airblock 851 winter jacket.

    I spent years riding with "normal" bib shorts/tights, but since getting the assos shorts it's as though the other bib shorts/tights don't have pads in them.

    I like my Northwave shoes, campag groupsets, Catlike whisper helmet, FSA compact bars, but I'm sure I could live without them, but not the Assos shorts........
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  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    Oh and KMC chains with their special joining links.........definitely don't know where I'd be without them....
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  • Nuggs
    Nuggs Posts: 1,804
    Giordana Tenax Bibs (I prefer them to my Assos bibs)
    Helly Hansen Lifa Baselayers
    Assos arm and leg warmers
    SRAM Power Links
    Park Tool Shop Cable Cutter
    Park Tool PCS-20 Workstand
  • Oh and KMC chains with their special joining links.........definitely don't know where I'd be without them....

    Seconded
    Every winner has scars.
  • Jez mon
    Jez mon Posts: 3,809
    Assos airblock winter clothing

    Garmin Edge 305

    Clif Bars

    Oakley Retina Burn Radars!
    You live and learn. At any rate, you live
  • pneumatic
    pneumatic Posts: 1,989
    Craghopper leggings. 2 pairs, 12 winters so far (and quite a few Summers). They've relegated the Gore leg-warmers to the bottom of the kit drawer.


    Fast and Bulbous
    Peregrinations
    Eddingtons: 80 (Metric); 60 (Imperial)

  • verloren
    verloren Posts: 337
    Something not mentioned so far - my Camelback bottle with the fancy nozzle. Way better than a normal bottle for not much more.

    Also really like my Garmin Edge 305, and my 28-spoke mavic open pro wheels (on cannondale hubs, in orange, way blingier than my talent justifies but they were cheap!)

    '09 Enigma Eclipse with SRAM.
    '10 Tifosi CK7 Audax Classic with assorted bits for the wet weather
    '08 Boardman Hybrid Comp for the very wet weather.
  • Mister W
    Mister W Posts: 791
    KCNC red anodised jockey wheels. Pointless but so pretty :D
  • My poster of VP!!
  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    verloren wrote:
    Something not mentioned so far - my Camelback bottle with the fancy nozzle. Way better than a normal bottle for not much more.
    Yes, I have these, superb! Can get a huge gulp with a squeeze, but the nozzle won't leak when not closed.
  • System_1
    System_1 Posts: 513
    Spesh Toupe saddle (I wish I could afford one for all my bikes).

    Thomson stem and post (absolutely gorgeous bits of kit).
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,313
    Rapha base layers
  • Nuggs wrote:
    Giordana Tenax Bibs (I prefer them to my Assos bibs)
    Helly Hansen Lifa Baselayers
    Assos arm and leg warmers
    SRAM Power Links
    Park Tool Shop Cable Cutter
    Park Tool PCS-20 Workstand

    Anything from the Park stable is usually a safe bet.

    My own contributions;

    Stronglight A9 headset - I don't think there's a better one around for threaded steerers.
    Time ATAC Alium pedals - cheap and reliable, just the job for 'cross. And the cleats seem to last forever!
    Spencer PW1 alloy mudguards - much more robust than their plastic cousins, and although metal are surprisingly rattle-free.

    David
    "It is not enough merely to win; others must lose." - Gore Vidal
  • FSA wing pro shallow drop alloy bars - light, cheap, strong, very very comfortable
    FSA cork bar tape
    Tacx Tao Bottle Cages
    Northwave shoes (any Northwave shoes!)
    2XU Sub Zero Jacket (it's amazing)
    Rapha Merino Socks
  • Droops
    Droops Posts: 204
    Thule aero roof bars with Outride 561 bike carrier. Class kit.
  • For me top is
    1)PRO VIBE MONO seat posts (one on each of my four bikes in various sizes)

    2)Open pro rims (5 handbuilt sets in my garage all based on the glorious open pro)

    3)SIDI shoes (for being the only company to make a quality road shoe for a genetic freak like me in a size 52)

    4)Toupe 143 ti saddles (on 3 out of 4 bikes)

    5)The mightly resiliant glorious CR1 frame. (have two of those)

    6) Koolstop pads.