5 Quietly Brilliant Road Products

tangled_metal
tangled_metal Posts: 4,021
edited December 2017 in The cake stop
What would your 5 be? There's an article on mtb 5 and one about road 5 might be along soon, but I'm curious as to what your 5 would be.

By road I mean all varieties from touring/adventure/gravel to aero/TT.
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  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,653
    Assuming we're talking about components rather than clothing, here's my 5:
    Shimano Ultegra groupset - flawless performance and great value at current prices.
    Deda Zero 100 bars and stem - not expensive, light, look good, used on plenty of pro bikes.
    Continental GP4000sii tyres - can't go wrong with these IMHO
    H Plus Son Archetype rims - a modern classic. Light enough, look great, stiff and robust.
    Elite Custom Race bottle cages - cheap as chips, do the job, look good.
  • 1. Speedplay pedals
    2. Speed links (chains)
    3. Castelli Alpha
    4. CO2 pumps
    5. Assos chamois creme (menthol)
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    In this forum the only correct answer should be cake.
    Faster than a tent.......
  • 1. Apple pie with custard
    2. Scone with jam and cream
    3. Chocolate fudge cake with cream
    4. Carrot cake
    5.Bakewell tart
  • 1. Campagnolo components
    2. Speedplay pedals
    3. Vittoria tyres
    4. Lizard Skin bartape
    5. Wahoo Elemnt
  • pinno
    pinno Posts: 51,686
    Slight edit on the above.

    1. Campagnolo components
    2. Clipless pedals (Look)
    3. Vittoria tyres
    4. Castelli Espresso 4 jacket
    5. Carbon Fibre
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  • mugensi
    mugensi Posts: 559
    1. Fulcrum wheels
    2. Latex tubes (Michelin or Vittoria)
    3. Quality track pump
    4. Lifeline self sticking tube patches
    5. DHB clothing
  • vimfuego
    vimfuego Posts: 1,783
    Ultegra Groupset (as above)
    Charge Spoon saddles
    Oakley Half Jackets (not strictly just for the road I grant you, so feel free to consider "carrot cake" as a substitute)
    Spesh Grail mitts
    Hope BBs
    CS7
    Surrey Hills
    What's a Zwift?
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 15,205
    Pinno wrote:
    Slight edit on the above.

    1. Campagnolo components
    2. Clipless pedals (Look)
    3. Vittoria tyres
    4. Castelli Espresso 4 jacket
    5. Carbon Fibre
    How is #5 a "road product"?
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    Pinno wrote:
    Slight edit on the above.

    1. Campagnolo components
    2. Clipless pedals (Look)
    3. Vittoria tyres
    4. Castelli Espresso 4 jacket
    5. Carbon Fibre
    How is #5 a "road product"?

    How are half of these 'quietly brilliant' rather than just stuff people like?!
    Faster than a tent.......
  • pinno
    pinno Posts: 51,686
    Rolf F wrote:
    Pinno wrote:
    Slight edit on the above.

    1. Campagnolo components
    2. Clipless pedals (Look)
    3. Vittoria tyres
    4. Castelli Espresso 4 jacket
    5. Carbon Fibre
    How is #5 a "road product"?

    How are half of these 'quietly brilliant' rather than just stuff people like?!

    I make my own rules.
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • secretsam
    secretsam Posts: 5,105
    I'm interpreting the question as 5 best road innovations, which, since i started riding are:
    1. Brake/ gear shifter integration
    2. LED lights
    3. Lighter, more p***ture-resistant tyres
    4. Better brakes: even dual-pivot are so much better than vile old sidepulls
    5. Light, effective helmets

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • pinno
    pinno Posts: 51,686
    SecretSam wrote:
    5. Light, effective helmets that are only tested to a maximum of 14mph.








    I'm heading for the door...
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • earth
    earth Posts: 934
    1. Speedplay pedals.
    2. Cambleback podium bottles.
    3. Veloflex tyres.
    4. Quick links.

    I'd like to say the Limits power meter but firstly I don't have one so it's just the idea that looks brilliant to me and secondly they seem to have folded after the first release.

    Edit - The quick release is pretty good.
  • bristolpete
    bristolpete Posts: 2,255
    1. Foam roller.

    That is it !
  • pinno
    pinno Posts: 51,686
    earth wrote:
    1. Speedplay pedals.
    2. Cambleback podium bottles.
    3. Veloflex tyres.
    4. Quick links.

    I'd like to say the Limits power meter but firstly I don't have one so it's just the idea that looks brilliant to me and secondly they seem to have folded after the first release.

    Edit - The quick release is pretty good.

    Erm, what about the 5th?
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • Garry H
    Garry H Posts: 6,639
    1. Tarmac.
    2. Drainage.
    3. QRs
    4. STI
    5. Good clincher tyres
  • earth wrote:
    I'd like to say the Limits power meter but firstly I don't have one so it's just the idea that looks brilliant to me and secondly they seem to have folded after the first release.

    You don't want one either but they haven't folded. They are currently developing the 2nd gen version according to my LBS whom Limits sponsor.
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    Pinno wrote:
    Rolf F wrote:
    Pinno wrote:
    Slight edit on the above.

    1. Campagnolo components
    2. Clipless pedals (Look)
    3. Vittoria tyres
    4. Castelli Espresso 4 jacket
    5. Carbon Fibre
    How is #5 a "road product"?

    How are half of these 'quietly brilliant' rather than just stuff people like?!

    I make my own rules.

    And yet you quietly obeyed the requirement to provide 5 responses. And question those who only provide 4. You don't make your own rules - you talk the talk but when it comes down to it, you are nothing but a meek conformer......... :wink:
    Faster than a tent.......
  • cooldad
    cooldad Posts: 32,599
    Hydraulic disc brakes.
    Dropper posts.
    Tubeless tyre systems.
    Pinned flat pedals.
    Lock on grips.

    I hate riding on roads.
    I don't do smileys.

    There is no secret ingredient - Kung Fu Panda

    London Calling on Facebook

    Parktools
  • earth
    earth Posts: 934
    earth wrote:
    I'd like to say the Limits power meter but firstly I don't have one so it's just the idea that looks brilliant to me and secondly they seem to have folded after the first release.

    You don't want one either but they haven't folded. They are currently developing the 2nd gen version according to my LBS whom Limits sponsor.

    I hope they haven't folded beause I still think their product looks great. Just wish I could get one. Do you think they are making a dual sided version?
  • pinno
    pinno Posts: 51,686
    Rolf F wrote:
    ...you are nothing but a meek conformer......... :wink:

    I'm insulted to the core.
    What have I got to do?

    1. Prostitutes
    2. Vodka
    3. Contraception
    4. STD clinics
    5. Cocaine
    6. Soho
    7. Lee Van Cleef
    8. Caffeine
    9. The AK47

    Better?
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    Pinno wrote:
    Rolf F wrote:
    ...you are nothing but a meek conformer......... :wink:

    I'm insulted to the core.
    What have I got to do?

    1. Prostitutes
    2. Vodka
    3. Contraception
    4. STD clinics
    5. Cocaine
    6. Soho
    7. Lee Van Cleef
    8. Caffeine
    9. The AK47

    Better?

    Thank you. I feel I have done something good in the world today.
    Faster than a tent.......
  • courtmed
    courtmed Posts: 164
    earth wrote:
    earth wrote:
    I'd like to say the Limits power meter but firstly I don't have one so it's just the idea that looks brilliant to me and secondly they seem to have folded after the first release.

    You don't want one either but they haven't folded. They are currently developing the 2nd gen version according to my LBS whom Limits sponsor.

    I hope they haven't folded beause I still think their product looks great. Just wish I could get one. Do you think they are making a dual sided version?

    The one in-depth review of it I've seen ended with the bloke sending it back as it made his pedals stick out half an inch either side, or something close to that, and he just couldn't get comfortable using it. Great idea, but that's a pretty big flaw.
  • earth
    earth Posts: 934
    courtmed wrote:
    earth wrote:
    earth wrote:
    I'd like to say the Limits power meter but firstly I don't have one so it's just the idea that looks brilliant to me and secondly they seem to have folded after the first release.

    You don't want one either but they haven't folded. They are currently developing the 2nd gen version according to my LBS whom Limits sponsor.

    I hope they haven't folded beause I still think their product looks great. Just wish I could get one. Do you think they are making a dual sided version?

    The one in-depth review of it I've seen ended with the bloke sending it back as it made his pedals stick out half an inch either side, or something close to that, and he just couldn't get comfortable using it. Great idea, but that's a pretty big flaw.

    I can change the spindles on my pedals for shorter ones. Or I could move my cleats inboard. Or I could leave them and the extra length of the power meter will stop my shoe from rubbing on the crank arm and squeaking.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,192
    earth wrote:
    I can change the spindles on my pedals for shorter ones. Or I could move my cleats inboard. Or I could leave them and the extra length of the power meter will stop my shoe from rubbing on the crank arm and squeaking.
    I didn't know such things were possible. :shock: :oops:
    Graeme Obree would approve, and my shoes are nowhere near my cranks.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • joe2008
    joe2008 Posts: 1,531
    Clement Strada LGG Tubulars
    Assos Zegho eyewear
    Campagnolo Chorus 2015 Front Derailleur
    DT Swiss 240 hubs
    Favero BePro PM
  • fat daddy
    fat daddy Posts: 2,605
    n+1 ... for those times you walk out to your bike and find something wrong - pick the next in the line
    cycling caps (with a visor) ... ah the ability to flick them up or down if its rainy or the sun is glaring
    USB LED lights ... gone are the days of heavy batteries, dim light bulbs and wheel based dynamos - charge once a week and be seen for miles
    spd's ... ah a clip and cleat system where the cleat is so small it is easily combined in to all sorts of shoe that are useable on AND off the bike from MTB, trainer, cycling shoe, cyclocross
    sks raceblade pro's... mud guards are ugly, but waking up an hour before a club ride, looking out the window and thinking "I feel like being nice to the person behind me" and attaching a set of guards in under 2mins rocks !
  • pinno
    pinno Posts: 51,686
    fat daddy wrote:
    ... "I feel like being nice to the person behind me" and attaching a set of guards in under 2mins rocks !

    Fraud! What were you saying about 'N+1'? You should have a bike to fit mudguards on to on a permanent basis.
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,192
    Pinno wrote:
    fat daddy wrote:
    ... "I feel like being nice to the person behind me" and attaching a set of guards in under 2mins rocks !

    Fraud! What were you saying about 'N+1'? You should have a bike to fit mudguards on to on a permanent basis.
    Not only that, but try asking the rider behind for their opinion.
    You may be as disappointed as them.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.