I’m sure many of you model your very cycling existence upon my riding exploits. If that’s the case, you’ll want to know what kit and caboodle I use, and recommend, on t’ bike.
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Bike: Trek Domane 4.3 (2013 model)
I am a massive fan of this bike. You can read my review here.
You can buy the same bike (albeit in this year’s colours) at Evans Cycles (you can do the whole ‘Click and Collect’ thang).
If you want to see which other manufacturers make sportive-specific bikes, check out this post where I try to summarise what’s currently available.
Computer: Garmin Edge 510
So far I’ve taken it training around Derbyshire and the Peak District, Cat 1 climbing in Majorca and on my triumphal return to the nation’s capital for RideLondon 2013.
I love it and recommend it to everyone. So here I am recommending it to you. As far as I can tell, the best price seems to be available at Amazon – which you can get to by clicking here (UK link) or here (Amazon.com).
Cycling Shorts: Specialized RBX Comp Bib Shorts
Click here to purchase them from Cyclesurgery and, at the time of writing this, they’re going for £25 off the list price. Which is nice.
If you want to learn more about cycling shorts, click to read my comprehensive guide.
Gloves (summer mitts):Endura FS260 Aerogel Mitts
They cost about £25.
Click this link to buy them from Evans Cycles.
Pedals: Speedplay Zero Stainless
If you still need some convincing, then I’d say they were the single largest factor in turning me from someone that couldn’t cycle for more than 60 minutes without getting knee pain, to being able to scale the mighty climbs of Majorca… in about a week.
Put simply: buy some (then get a professional bike fitter to make sure they’re set up correctly for you). You can buy them at Evans by following this handy link.
Saddle bag: Topeak Aerowedge Medium
I bought the Aerowedge in May, after the zip on my old Trek saddlesack went kaput. I’ve been very happy with it: plenty of space to carry all the necessaries; the zip is high quality; fits to the bike securely.
Speed/cadence sensor: Duotrap
Like most speed/cadence sensors, the Duotrap uses magnets attached to a wheel spoke and a pedal crank, passing by a sensor. Unlike others though, the sensor fits into a specific hole that Trek put into some of their road bikes. So if you don’t have a compatible Trek bike, it won’t be much use to you (better to go for the standard Garmin version).
If you do have a compatible Trek bike, then you’ll love how neatly the Duotrap fits with your bike. No fiddly positioning with rubber bands required. They’re available from Evans in the UK (and Amazon in the US).
(If you’re unsure what exactly I mean by ‘fits in a hole in your bike’, check out this this post here.)
The Rest (To Be Expanded….)
Turbo trainer: Elite Chrono Fluid Elastogel Trainer
More substantial cycling jacket: Gore
Lightweight rain jacket: Castelli
Shoes: Specialized Road Elite (Elite – ha ha ha!)
Base layer: Patagonia
Socks: Standard sports socks (sorry)
Jerseys: Various (old Discovery and T-Mobile kit; a nice orange Campagnolo one; the 2013 RideLondon jersey given to those that didn’t get in through the ballot; the Macmillan jersey I got for raising over £1,000 on RideLondon)
Helmet: A crappy Giro one (probably the next item that’s due for an upgrade)