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Old 12-13-21, 10:01 PM
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Little things make me happy…

…like when your kit and gear all work together just as they should. For example, I just got a new winter jersey— Giro Chrono Pro Windbloc; it’s great!— and the rear pocket depth is perfect for my Silca wallet and Specialized Flashback taillight.

It’s a simple thing, I know, but it’s brilliant because my other winter jerseys have pockets which are too deep, preventing the Silca strap from laying down properly, and because I have the Flashback light on the Silca strap, if the strap isn’t positioned correctly, the light isn’t either.

Also, when the pockets are too deep for the wallet, it makes extracting the wallet a hassle, or even a wrestling match if the deep is accompanied by the elasticized band at the top.

If all my jerseys were pocketed like this Giro, I’d be the proverbial happy camper!

What gear or clothing kit do you have that work together just so, making ok them a pleasure to use?


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That snug pair of Pearl Izumi chamios that hug the boys just right and snug.

not to tight, not too loose. Just right.
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Old 12-13-21, 11:52 PM
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It's those "simple things in life" that can be most satisfying at the end of a long day's ride.

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That snug pair of Pearl Izumi chamios that hug the boys just right and snug.

not to tight, not too loose. Just right.
Had "MY boys" removed thanks to PCa(Prostate Cancer). Fastest 10 pound loss in my life, long distance rides are now super comfy, climbing is easier and can finally hit those HIGH NOTES.

Just a PSA to have your PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) checked and tracked beginning at age 40.
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Old 12-14-21, 04:54 AM
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Waking up in the morning on this side of the grass. People seem to take that for granted.
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Old 12-14-21, 05:43 AM
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Honestly, I have too many items to list. Two low cost items that come to mind right away: Deuter handlebar and top tube bags. The handlebar bag is small and secure enough to mount on top of the stem. The top tube bag is small and sleek, but keeps things like chapstick, gum/candy, tissues, etc. handy without having to reach or take my eyes off where I am going.
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The best thing I can say about a piece of gear is I don't think about it during a ride--if I'm aware of it, it's because it's causing me a problem. I cannot relate to the notion that any gear is supposed to make me happy. I enjoy riding a good bike, the gear's job is not to interfere with that enjoyment.

I haven't found anything that suits my needs better than cargo shorts, but I don't have any emotional attachment to them.

I really like OldTryGuy 's and seypat 's answers though. Being healthy enough to do the rides is what makes me happy.
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Old 12-14-21, 07:59 AM
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Once I wake up on the right side of the grass, a nice breakfast makes me happy.
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Old 12-14-21, 08:30 AM
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The kind of thoughtfulness required for the appreciation of good design is not for everyone, and is probably precisely why we have bad products in the first place.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
The kind of thoughtfulness required for the appreciation of good design is not for everyone, and is probably precisely why we have bad products in the first place.

I'm sure we're all very impressed by your admiration of a strap over a pocket.
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I'm sure we're all very impressed by your admiration of a strap over a pocket.
You're probably the sort of philistine who carries his phone in a Ziploc baggie.
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Old 12-14-21, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
You're probably the sort of philistine who carries his phone in a Ziploc baggie.

You just lack the thoughtfulness to appreciate the elegant design of the Ziploc baggie.
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Old 12-14-21, 09:27 AM
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The boyz are fond of the assos kuku penthouse.

I like the simplicity of a ziplock bag for money, credit card, and brevet card. 100% impervious to sweat and very quick to access.
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Old 12-14-21, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
You're probably the sort of philistine who carries his phone in a Ziploc baggie.
add 'German' to that list... LOL!
Ride On (organized...)
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Many many years ago Performance had a lightweight packable jacket that folded inside out into a zippered rear pocket. It had a strap inside the pocket that made it a fanny pack when not in use.

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I have more Giro items on the "A" list than any other brand. Shoes, helmets, caps, gloves- consistent good design & execution, IMO.
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chaadster I love this, because to a musician, playing "in the pocket" means everything is just right.

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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
You're probably the sort of philistine who carries his phone in a Ziploc baggie.
Hey! I resemble that remark! 😊

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Relatedly, those with curious minds may be interested to know that while there are many things I really like about the Silca phone wallet, the magnetic strap closure was not one of them, and so I engineered a little hack to make it more usable. It would not work with the Giro Chrono as it does had I not.

The stock magnetic closure, besides having quite weak attraction, had very shallow interlocking design (i.e. a male side on the strap and a female side on the case) which was prevented from attaching by any jersey material other than the most thin, summer-weight stuff. Some of my warm weather jerseys, especially the kind with a waffle knit, were too thick for the closure to secure across, and certainly thermal jerseys were a no-go.

To improve the function, I filed down to flat the male side of the closure (on the strap) and epoxied on a strong magnet I got at the hardware store. Although the strap no longer positively engages with the case, the magnetic force is much stronger, so the strap stays put, and even secures across thermal-weight fabric.

I got my Silca a couple-of-few years ago, so I don’t know if Silca changed the design in more recent production, but it’s something which folks looking for a more protective, durable, versatile and classy alternative to plastic sandwich bags may want to be aware of, because there are indeed several cool jersey wallet options which may not need any jimmying to work right: https://cyclingtips.com/2019/12/best...ts-cases-2020/


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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Relatedly, those with curious minds may be interested to know that while there are many things I really like about the Silca phone wallet, the magnetic strap closure was not one of them, and so I engineered a little hack to make it more usable. It would not work with the Giro Chrono as it does had I not.

The stock magnetic closure, besides having quite weak attraction, had very shallow interlocking design (i.e. a male side on the strap and a female side on the case) which was prevented from attaching by any jersey material other than the most thin, summer-weight stuff. Some of my warm weather jerseys, especially the kind with a waffle knit, were too thick for the closure to secure across, and certainly thermal jerseys were a no-go.

To improve the function, I filed down to flat the male side of the closure (on the strap) and epoxied on a strong magnet I got at the hardware store. Although the strap no longer positively engages with the case, the magnetic force is much stronger, so the strap stays put, and even secures across thermal-weight fabric.

I got my Silca a couple-of-few years ago, so I don’t know if Silca changed the design in more recent production, but it’s something which folks looking for a more protective, durable, versatile and classy alternative to plastic sandwich bags may want to be aware of, because there are indeed several cool jersey wallet options which may not need any jimmying to work right: https://cyclingtips.com/2019/12/best...ts-cases-2020/
A Ziplock bag works nicely with every jersey I own...So, I guess I do appreciate good design, after all.
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This works for me, and lets me use my phone as the GPS/computer and, heaven forbid, phone:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I can also stash some food there, and even a battery charger for really long rides.

It gets the job done but contains little or no happiness.
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A Ziplock bag works nicely with every jersey I own...So, I guess I do appreciate good design, after all.

I used to use baggies, but I found replacing the plastic closures with magnetized strips was rather time consuming.
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
Waking up in the morning on this side of the grass. People seem to take that for granted.
Ohhh yeah.
I'm about halfway through heart rehab. Finding things to like about most days. Even if some of them are still a little too cold. It is central MN after all. One of the Treks is on a trainer in the bedroom.
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Originally Posted by MNHarv View Post
Ohhh yeah.
I'm about halfway through heart rehab. Finding things to like about most days. Even if some of them are still a little too cold. It is central MN after all. One of the Treks is on a trainer in the bedroom.

My heart/lung rehab last winter consisted of a couple of 3 hour hikes every weekend. For me the hardest part was not panicking if I got winded.

Keep it up!
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