Tuesday 8 August 2017

15 Product Recommendations for a Road Cyclist

Having been road cycling for nine years now, from absolute novice turning the cranks for the first time in twenty years to riding around 400 hours a year, I've purchased a lot of products.  Some have been poor, some to expectation and some outstanding.

There is a such a wide variety of clothing, products and services to choose from it can be difficult to distinguish good from bad.  Here's 15 products that I've used which I rate.

Items (Below £50)
  • Pocpac Phone Covers (waterproof case for your phone and money).  Around £10.  Link here.
  • One Life ID - Emergency ID (wrist band in case of emergency when riding alone).  From £22.99.  Link here.
  • Veloforte Natural Energy Bars (so tasty, natural ingredients) -  £6.99 for a pack of 3.  Link here.
  • SRAM Out Front Garmin Mount (makes your Garmin easier to view when riding).  Around £13.00.  Link here.
  • Veloskin Products - (Moisturiser, Soothing Gel, Post-Shave Lotion, Chamois Cream).  From £12.00.  Link here.
  • Condor Pro Socks - (Simply the best, been wearing these for years now. Super comfortable).  £14.99 for a pack of two.  Link here.
  • DeFeet Oversocks (Ideal for those days when it's a bit cooler and there may be some road debris which might risk marking your shiny white shoes.  These just slip over your shoes and keep everything looking smart and your feet with an extra layer of insulation if needed).  Around £13.00.  Link here.
  • Continental Four Seasons Tyres (best all round, all weather tyre).  From £31.99 each.  Link here.

Items - (£50+)
  • Rapha Deep Winter Training Hat - (Warm winter wear for under your helmet when it's cold out there).  £60.  Link here.
  • Pro Vision Storm Tech Rain Jacket (Got this off their stand at Eroica Brittania.  Great protection for light rain, just wicks off).  Can't see anywhere to buy it on-line but you'll often see the Pro Vision chaps out at exhibitions and cycling events.  Speak to Steve or Ben ask them for their Gabba equivalent jacket.  Around £100.00
  • Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm Glasses.  (Best glasses I've owned.  Comfortable with lenses which adapt to the light conditions.  Worn by lots of the pro's).  Around £165.00.  Link here.
  • Le Col Pro B5 Winter Jacket Arancia. (All you'll need on those cold, wet days.  Fantastic design, highly visible and warm).  £250.00.  Link here.
  • Pianni Hand Built Wheels by Pete Matthews (Legendary wheel builder.  Got a set of bomb proof, 32 spoke winter hoops for around £400.  Wheels are built to your order, specification taking into account your weight, style of riding etc.  Not the lightest but built for anything).  Link here.
  • Campagnolo Zonda Wheels. Phenomenal performance when you want to ride fast.  Around £315.  Link here.
  • Pro Tools Cycleworks 50mm carbon deep section wheels (Built on DT Swiss Hubs with Sapim spokes, these wheels are super light and quick.  Ideal for triathlon, Ironman, TT'ing or just going fast).  Around £1300 from Beacon Bikes in Clitheroe.

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