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The One Thing You Bought And Wouldn't Do Without

Old 06-03-05, 04:25 PM
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The One Thing You Bought And Wouldn't Do Without

I would never go back to commuting without a Schmit generator hub and B&M Lumotec light. Any time I need it, its there ready to go. In a rain storm? Need to go to work early? No battery to plug in, occasionally replace the bulb, one bracket rusted out in five years. Awesome, simply awesome. Expensive, sure, but I think its worth it. Thanks Peter Jon White and anybody else who distributes them.
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Hmm, nashbar fly bag. Looks very nice as it's contoured to match the curves of my saddle, and holds tube, tire levers, allen wrenches, chain tool, spoke wrench, etc...
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Old 06-03-05, 04:42 PM
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Neon polyester shirts. I have never once had a driver fail to see me and endanger me.

https://www.alertshirt.com/xhaletshirt1.html

I was shocked at how good the quality was, given that the shirts are $8 apiece. Oh they do run large though, I got "L" and they were as big as a normal XL t-shirt. I've got both colors, they are both great.
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Old 06-03-05, 06:53 PM
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Old 06-03-05, 06:57 PM
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I'd say for cold weather riding the best thing I've ever purchased is this part wool part polypro base layer. The thing is amazing. I've used it hiking, biking and just about any other way... and it's still almost like new.

Year-round... clipless pedals, I'd say. Flats don't do it for me.
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Old 06-03-05, 07:58 PM
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Brooks saddle.

Honorable mention: merino top, lake winter shoes (not just for winter!), ortlieb panniers, rivendell hobo bag.
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my mirror

and Nokian Studded Tires for those cold winter days...... riding on ice is a blast
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Originally Posted by GrodyGeek
I would never go back to commuting without a Schmit generator hub and B&M Lumotec light. Any time I need it, its there ready to go. In a rain storm? Need to go to work early? No battery to plug in, occasionally replace the bulb, one bracket rusted out in five years. Awesome, simply awesome. Expensive, sure, but I think its worth it. Thanks Peter Jon White and anybody else who distributes them.
I had one of those setups from PJW on my Atlantis and on my HP Velotechnik Street Machine recumbent. They're awesome.

But the one thing I've bought (several times) that I wouldn't want to do without is Brooks saddles.
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Helmet. It's probably saved me from some serious brain damage in the past.
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Have to second the helmet. I know my old one saved me when I broke it on the back window of a car.

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Old 06-03-05, 11:47 PM
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my HID light... I do a lot of nighttime riding and commuting. 4 hrs of runtime means I can ride basically all I want at night.
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Well...

Everything else has been switched and swapped out, and this is really a recent (and totally frivolous!) addition...

A spiked bracelet from Hot Topic wrapped around the head post like a collar.


In a city where people slash bike's tires and cut their brake cables for pure meanness, ever since I got the collar mine hasn't been touched.

It doesn't contribute to the safety or comfort of my riding in any way...so I'm not sure if it counts...and I could definitely live without it...

But it's kinda nice to park my bike somewhere and come back to it still in one working piece, ya?
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Since others already said helmet and gloves, I'll be different and say my GPS. I can't think of another accessory that has changed my mind tward long distance riding than this device. I'm fearless about going anywhere today without getting lost. I never felt that way in a car. Ever!

In fact, should I ever go back to owning a car, I would remove the radio and have a GPS installed.
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Old 06-04-05, 06:42 AM
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Helmet, absolutely.

Wool cycling clothing, and a presta valve tire guage.

Now, if they just made Flickstands that worked with fenders!
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In terms of how much it changed my experience of riding, my first choice would be my Freddy fenders, and then my rack/pannier rig.

In terms of what I would be least to bike without, that would be my helmet.
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Old 06-04-05, 07:33 AM
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HID headlight for those long winter nights.
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Helmet & Armadillo tyres.
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