Asking here to avoid the snarky responses I might get in the Road Forum and with a little bit of 50+ wisdom as well.
1) Your preferred chamois creme. I've used Assos for a while, but they've recently reformulated it and it's not as effective for me as before. I'm looking for something that lasts for longer rides, and has anti-bacterial qualities, if possible.
2) A water bottle that is as leak-proof as possible. I've used Performance bottles, Trek, Specialized, Camelback, and numerous bottles from events, some of which I know are from the above companies. Invariably, each of these bottle will leak / weep somewhere along the ride, and hands, frame and bottle cage will become sticky from the Heed therein. Yes, I tighten the screw caps, and close the valves. The leaking generally is around the screw cap.
3) Bottle cages. Need to replace my 10 yr. old bottle cages on my Litespeed Tuscany. Had Specialized resin cages that did a good job, never lost a bottle, no major noise issues, and relatively light.
Shower me with your insight...