The Slippery Slope of Cycling Accessorising

Posted on February 28th, 2010 by Tim Bell in Getting Started, The Road to Tourmalet

Every man, at some point in his life, will make light of the female propensity to acquire useless items she will never wear. But if the female of the species is more deadly than the male when it comes to flexing retail plastic, the unfair sex has its own killer vice: we love kit – in fact we just can’t get enough of that good kit. Perhaps it is confirmation of early-onset mid-life crisis, but I recently crossed a threshold where my drawers and cupboards now contain more ‘technical’ clothing than civvie threads. A sock that isn’t shaped to my left or right foot just feels wrong. If the glove isn’t velcro-fastened, what’s the point? And if the base-layer isn’t moisture-wicking, then it gets right on my… wick.

Buying some running kit was one thing, and updating my footy clothes another, then things took a real turn for the tech when I bought a bunch of snowboarding stuff out in California. But all this was pathetic preamble to the main event – here’s a list of just some of the things I have acquired since buying my Focus Cayo 2009:

Pedals: Shimano 105 SL Pedals

Shoes: Specialized Elite BG Road Shoes

Footbeds: Specialized BG High Performance Footbeds

Shoe covers: Endura E0015 Road Overshoe

Helmet: Giro Hex

Light base layer: Helly Hansen SLX Lifa Top

Heavy base layer: Helly Hansen Freeze Prowool 1/2 Zip Turtle Base Layer

Outer layer: Gore Bikewear Contest AS Jacket with Windstopper Active Shell

Long pants: Pearl Izumi Slice Thermafleece Cycling Tight

Short pants: Pearl Izumi Slice Ultrasensor Bib Short

Gloves: Pearl Izumi Cyclone Glove

Shades: Endura E0045 Shark Glasses

Water bottle: Bontrager Logo Water Bottle

Bottle cage: Bontrager Race Lite Cage

Pump: Bontrager Air Support Road Mini Pump

Saddle bag: Specialized EMT Survival Kit Bag

Turbo trainer: CycleOps Magneto Trainer

Turbo trainer front wheel block: Elite Hometrainer Gel Block

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