As spring looms large on the wishful thinking bike riders’ horizon, what better time to freshen up your bike for the year of riding ahead?
Here are some highly recommended, cost effective products for a Spring 2022 road bike refresh.
Lizard Skins DSP 3.2mm Bar Tape £28.99
Tried and tested by one of the teams riding the Paris Roubaix, the 3.2mm padded, grippy tape smooths out a lot of road vibration from rough road surfaces. There is a range of colour options too to suit most road and gravel bikes.
Charge Spoon Saddle £28.99
The classic Charge Spoon saddle provides comfort with its pressure relief channel and is relatively light in weight at 285 grams. The spoon is ideal for road, gravel and cross country mountain bike riders.
Merlin Zefal Sense 800ml Drink Bottle £2.99
The Zefal Sense 800ml drink bottle is odorless aswell as being soft and squeezable, ideal for easy drinking on the move.
Sunrace RS3 Cassette £37.99
The 11 speed RS3 cassette works flawlessly with Shimano and Sram 11 speed transmission and is equally as hard wearing.
KMC X11-EL Chain (Silver) £26.99
Chains are subject to more wear in general riding than any other component on your bike. Replacing your chain with a KMC chain (such as the X11-EL) will ensure that your drive chain keeps running smoothly. Maximise chain life with regular love and attention – degreasing and fresh lube, will keep replacement intervals to their maximum.
Look Keo Classic 3 Pedals £31.99
Since the mid 1980’s Look has continually developed it’s range of pedals. The Keo classic 2 features a large dimpled surface area for better foot stability whilst pedalling. Available in 3 colours to complement your bike’s color scheme.
Continental GP5000 Tyre £36.50
Continental have made significant improvements in the latest GP5000. Increased puncture protection and improved rolling resistance, will ensure Continental remain the choice of many riders for a fast road clincher tyre.
So what about those other little things which wear out…
BBB Jockey Wheels (from £9.95)
They sit quietly at the back of your bike, spinning effortlessly. But don’t take your jockey wheels for granted! Prolonged use with a dirty worn chain can have them looking like a pointy-sharp-toothed weapon. Dutch parts manufacturer, BBB, have a range of Jockey Wheels to keep your rear derailleur happy.
Replacement Cleats (from £7.99)
Pedal cleats don’t last forever. Walking up those steep hills, or through to coffee shop to collect your espresso, can speed up the wear your cleats – so try to keep walking on them to a minimum (Get someone else to collect your coffee!). As well as pulling out of the pedal too easily, badly worn cleats can allow the foot to rock laterally on the pedal and affect leg position, this can lead to knee pain.
Take the Basics with You… £10.00
Minimise the chances of being left high and dry in the middle of nowhere by taking the essentials with you. The Merlin Saddle Bag Kit has the basics covered with a very useful mutlitool, patches and tyre levers – all in a 120mm by 70mm saddle bag.