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what was the last "bike life changing" product you acquired?

Old 06-13-04, 08:21 PM
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what was the last "bike life changing" product you acquired?

i finally ditched the 4 year old northwave shoes i've been sort of apathetically living with since day one. they have only two straps, far too much flex and left me with aching feet and "hot spot" type pain after long rides. i tried some inserts and they kind of helped, but not really.

i just got a brand new pair of specialized pro carbon shoes. they are stiff as can be, and i can only say that it's like having a new bike. i feel like i'm flying on sprints. everything is rock solid and the transfer of power to the cranks feels amazing.

this was totally a "why didn't i do this years ago?" purchase.
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A newer lightweight steel frame.

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Stupid as this sounds, the Polar water bottle! Before I started buying these bottles my summer rides would all end up about 1 hour after starting with hot liquid, now I can go for up to 3 hours with ice cold liquid.
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A new road bike. I've been riding a mountain bike w/slicks for years.
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STI levers
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Old 06-13-04, 10:53 PM
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fresh new handlebar tape
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Old 06-13-04, 11:28 PM
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From the most recent backwards:

1.25 inch light-weight tires for my mtb commuter.

Vaude cycling backpack (mucho better than panniers for lightweight, fast commuting).

Clear lens glasses for morning, evening and rain rides.

Used Bruce Gordon BLT.

Moving to Portland, Oregon.
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Originally Posted by pdxcyclist
Used Bruce Gordon BLT.
You bought a used SANDWICH?
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Nashbar multiposition ATB bar, with custom made brake lever extenders that allow's me to brake from three position, at the standard position, the bar ends and at the front of the bar when your at a aero type position. Awesome.
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phil wood track hubs, clipless pedals, 175mm cranks on my BMX, and two sets of straps on my toe clips...
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Originally Posted by OneTinSloth
phil wood track hubs, clipless pedals, 175mm cranks on my BMX, and two sets of straps on my toe clips...
Oh yeah!! Double toe-straps are 3 or 4 times as good as singles
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Old 06-14-04, 12:35 AM
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Just this past weekend I bought a Yakima bike trailer..think this might be a real life altering product. Did not like fighting with panniers each morning when breaking up camp..Plus bike felt awkard...Like it would topple over any minute. So time to hit the road...
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Originally Posted by 531Aussie
Oh yeah!! Double toe-straps are 3 or 4 times as good as singles
try more like 10 times!!! OMG!!!
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Originally Posted by OneTinSloth
try more like 10 times!!! OMG!!!
Indeed!
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Hmm Maxm carbon bars, Chris King headset, Avid Mechanical discs, Truvativ Hussefelt cranks w/ Gigapipe DH bottom bracket Time Control Z pedals. I know it's not roadie stuff but hey it fits in the topic catagory for me
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SPD-SL PD-R540 Pedals.... mmm nice! no unwanted clip-outs! no flop when clipped in (up and down looseness)
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My very first pair of real bicycle shorts.
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Armadillo tires! I'm much faster now that I don't have to stop every 50 miles...
After that I would have to say clipless. I finally sucumbed to the temptation, and it was worth it.
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Topeak Road Morph pump. 120psi anytime, anywhere- no worries
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2004 Lemond Zurich with FREE upgraded Race XXX Lite forks!

Can you tell I'm very excited about having a new toy? By the way, it's day 2 of the new ride and it's raining...that's why I'm on here now, so laugh if you want to.

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Great Thread!

A nice pair of bibs. (Louis Garneau Alveo) The only problem is now I want another pair.
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Originally Posted by pjbaz
2004 Lemond Zurich with FREE upgraded Race XXX Lite forks!

Can you tell I'm very excited about having a new toy? By the way, it's day 2 of the new ride and it's raining...that's why I'm on here now, so laugh if you want to.

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ummm, the bike would have to be first (since it's only half a year old)
then the nike poggios I just got, I'm with ya, brunning; I had the cheapest shoes to begin with and the new ones are a world apart. feels so good!
the polar bottle is another (bought on the same day as the poggios) but my water still gets hot here in the desert
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Old 06-14-04, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by rmwun54
Nashbar multiposition ATB bar, with custom made brake lever extenders that allow's me to brake from three position, at the standard position, the bar ends and at the front of the bar when your at a aero type position. Awesome.
Intriguing. Please post pictures.
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