This post has been delayed due to an awesome date with my Wife.
Previously I mentioned permanent gadgets attached to my bike, which got me thinking – what are all the upgrades I’ve done to my 2006 Giant FCR3? What exactly is in my ride kit, and should I change anything to make it better?
Let’s start with the upgrades first, and then we’ll dive into all the little things that I tend to take with me.
First thing I did when I got the bike was to replace the pedals. The stock cage pedals didn’t really suit my style and I wanted clip less pedals. I also realized that I may not have my cycling shoes on me always, so I went for Wellgo WPD-95B the half/half pedal. It has served me well so far. I do notice a difference when I use clip pedals – much more power is available.
Second thing I did was to add a back rack and a rear deflector. This prevents me from getting a “skunk-stripe” and allows me to haul a lot more than with a backpack. And to haul, I got myself a pair of panniers. Linked ones are the new version. Waterproof they’re not, but since I don’t really ride in the rain much, it’s not much of a concern.
Third thing was to install a set of pinhead wheel axle locks. This would not be necessary if I didn’t mind taking my front wheel off every time I tried locking up my bike. I am quite lazy, and it makes me much less likely to just jump in to a store or run an inside errand.
Before mentioned Air Zound and a bell round out the permanent items attached to my bike.
So what is part of my riding kit, that makes its way inside whenever the bike is locked?
- Front LED light – Planet Bike LED Beamer 5 LED Headlight – meh. It’s quite dim. I’d like a better one.
- Back LED light – Planet Bike LED Superflash Rear Light – Awesome. There is a newer version that I’m lusting for.
- Helmet w/mirror – Third Eye mirror – It’s actually quite good for how tiny it is
- Bike lock – MEC combination lock – It coils quite nicely and I can change the combination. So far, bike has been safe with it on.
- Pump – Filtzer Mini-Me – I’ve tried the Planet Bike ones and they never worked properly. This one is tiny and can actually pump up my tires to 110psi.
- Glue-less patches – Filzer Zippy – No separate glue, no mess and they really work
- Tire levers – uhh… I need to get a new set
- Bike multi-tool – smallest one I could find
- Pinhead axle key – see patches
- Bike computer – Garmin Edge 305 w/heart rate monitor – Not the flagship product anymore, but still damn good
- MP3 player & headphones – I know I shouldn’t be riding with them on, but sometimes it is boring.
- Water bottle – Nalgene All-Terrain bottle – Keep the shit on the road off of the water spout. Less shit in my mouth is great!
Sigh… maybe I should just jump on the bike more often, and leave all the preparation for all troubles behind and enjoy the kilometers under the cranks.