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Old 01-12-05, 02:21 PM
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We all like to spend money on our bikes, and I have lost count of the amount of money I have spent on the bike on useless accessories that do not not assist me in my riding, or do not work. Of course I have the Cycle computer, I have the heart monitor and somewhere or other I have a Cadence specific Computer that I find usefull, but got put in a cupboard about 3 bike changes ago and is now lost.
I also have wasted money, like the electric horn that stopped working the first time it rained, and the big bar ends that were so long, that I could not use them.

What have you wasted money on to "Pretty" up your bike, or what insignificent little gizmo has actually made an improvement to your riding?
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...stickers...

really I use nothing useless. To easy to break off. For my xc bike I plan to buy a hrm and cadence computer in order to assist my training. But 'hopefully' those won't end up useless.
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Or how about components which was a waste of money? My junk box contains a set of Control Tech Cantis, Onza pedals, bar ends, mini pumps, etc....
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I only buy something if it will help me ride better. What really pissed me off one time was when i bought this light and i broke it in 2 days.
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Forgot to put it in but my Accessory that really works is the little cap that goes over my water bottle spout, that keeps all the crud off the bit that I put in my mouth
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Like=reflective tape, I chucked the plastic reflectors, lights, batteries.
Dislike=fenders, it's wet, thought I needed >no I need weather appropriate clothing.
Dislike=frame mounted toolbag, I ride with a knapsack, >all weights off the frame.
Like=bashrings, protect you leg, your pants and the chainring.

Things that are not a waste of time to pimp:

Nice tires, you gotta have traction.
Good grips, your hands are on 'em a lot.
Sweet pedals that spin smooth and you can keep your feet on.
Comfortable saddle, you know why.

Stuff I don't run anymore:

Quick release= I run hex-out axles and straight nuts 'n bolt on the seatpost.
Bike mounted lights= A helmet mounted light for trails.
Tool bags, fenders, cyclometers, lock anchors.
Multiple chainrings.
Front deraillers.

Things I do now:

Zapstrap holed innertubes over my downtube and chainstays.
Run soft brake pads front, hard rear.
Run an oversized front tire.
Run my lightweight dh riser bars with a brace.
Run a chain tensioner for torque and stopping chain drop.
Went to a chromoly stem\seatpost to further the steel feel of the bike (strong too).
Started using areosol white lithium grease for bearings.
Paint steel frames flat black, easy to mask and spray out scratches.
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Old 01-12-05, 03:20 PM
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I hate the really exotic Dust caps for you tubes... Such as waste of time and money, they look crap, and the chances of them staying on your bike is very minimal...
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Old 01-12-05, 03:25 PM
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You mean the novelty valve caps?
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Bar ends=biggest waste of my money.
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nodice?

I gave one to a grrl with a red bike. the other ones on the table sooo ya.

I guess it'll be useful if I run outta dust caps?
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Originally Posted by DjRider04
You mean the novelty valve caps?
Yes... Not sure what Americans and Canadians call them, they're called Dust caps over here... serious waste of time
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Old 01-12-05, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
Or how about components which was a waste of money? My junk box contains a set of Control Tech Cantis, Onza pedals, bar ends, mini pumps, etc....
140$ on a sealed flat pedal by some company. High end, good recommendation....blew the bearings in 2 days and actually ripped the pedal off....worst purchase of my biking so far. Now I only buy cheap unsealed wellgos. Last forever and replacable.
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Originally Posted by stapfam
We all like to spend money on our bikes, and I have lost count of the amount of money I have spent on the bike on useless accessories that do not not assist me in my riding, or do not work. Of course I have the Cycle computer, I have the heart monitor and somewhere or other I have a Cadence specific Computer that I find usefull, but got put in a cupboard about 3 bike changes ago and is now lost.
I also have wasted money, like the electric horn that stopped working the first time it rained, and the big bar ends that were so long, that I could not use them.

What have you wasted money on to "Pretty" up your bike, or what insignificent little gizmo has actually made an improvement to your riding?


HRM's are super for training; can really zero in tightly on your target heart rate and get accurate feedback as to how hard you are actually pushing it (I've gone into the high 180 BPS's on tough climbs; that's got to be close to blow-up range ).

I've got a box of stuff I bought and never used or didn't like (although I now give the stuff I don't like to others who seem to want it; no sense taking up space). When I think about the stuff in that box it all seems to have one common characteristic: I bought it because it was a 'good deal' (I thought) like house-brand parts (which I don't buy anymore). Took awhile to learn I almost always get just what I pay for, with an occassional screamin' deal. Trying to save coins by buying cheaper stuff than I really want usually leads to dissatisfaction for me; it isn't the right thing, it doesn't work as well as I want it to, or it doesn't fit well.

As far as bike goodies, I go by 'the simpler the better' (which means no 'excess').

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I haven't really bought anything useless for my bike. And yes I do have a novelty dust cap on my bike, its a gold bullet on the rear. This is because, for some reason my rear tube never had a dust cap, and at one of the races I found it lying on the ground so I took it. One thing I will never do is spend lots of money on a rear derailleur. For some reason my bike keeps spitting them into the rear wheel, one time my bike had just been serviced and it was thrown into my wheel first run on a fire road. So now I get road derailleurs.
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Originally Posted by Maelstrom
140$ on a sealed flat pedal by some company. High end, good recommendation....blew the bearings in 2 days and actually ripped the pedal off....worst purchase of my biking so far. Now I only buy cheap unsealed wellgos. Last forever and replacable.
I'm using Mosh unsealed b platform pedals.
The 3in1 white Lithium spray grease is great, it foams out the dirt..then another squirt to lube.

See any problems using this grease\ method?
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Originally Posted by Maelstrom
140$ on a sealed flat pedal by some company. High end, good recommendation....blew the bearings in 2 days and actually ripped the pedal off....worst purchase of my biking so far. Now I only buy cheap unsealed wellgos. Last forever and replacable.
Sealed pedals?

Most useless was $8 on old batteries for a computer that only works with road bikes that have 27" wheels (it was 25 years old)
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[QUOTE=swifferman]Sealed pedals?

Bearings.
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Old 01-12-05, 05:33 PM
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Like: Barends(in most things, good for carpal tunnel wrists)
Cannondale 610 shoes (last an entire year of full time city use and racing.)
Sks Fenders, (tried THE fenders but they fell off mid race. SKS works)
Raceface anything
Cat Eye LED headlights(lasts 140 hrs on AA's)
Hate: Nike SPD shoes( I have yet to have a set last 4 months)
Gel seat pads(wierd feeling)
Ritchey SPD pedals
Wire bottle cages(tend to bend and get caught at bad times)
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what about pink fuzzy dice that hang from your handlebar?
i'd buy it.
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[QUOTE=jeff williams]
Originally Posted by swifferman
Sealed pedals?

Bearings.
Thanks I was rushed aat work. I figured everyone would understand
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Originally Posted by jeff williams
I'm using Mosh unsealed b platform pedals.
The 3in1 white Lithium spray grease is great, it foams out the dirt..then another squirt to lube.

See any problems using this grease\ method?
I just got a set of mosh. Gonna mate them to my profile cranks on my transition. Gonna see how much abuse they can take.
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i've got the cyclocomputer, front light, pump, reflectors

I like all the lil things
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Originally Posted by Cornish_Rdr_UK
I hate the really exotic Dust caps for you tubes... Such as waste of time and money, they look crap, and the chances of them staying on your bike is very minimal...

what about those little bead things that go on your spokes i like those theyre great dont you think?
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WHAT NO DUST CAPS I gave a set a blue dice on my bike, looks SHWEEEET I had them on my POS BMX and ganked for my mtb, I think they rock and have never lost them, In fact I can tighten them to where they have little chance of escape, I for one protest the bashing of them.
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I have chrome skull dust caps... They're sweet Stop bashing dust caps, they're cool! *sniff*
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