I thought now might be a good opportunity to run through the kit I’ve bought or already owned that I’ll be using as part of my new ‘regime’

Let’s start with the biggie, the GT. I’ve linked to their website so you can see the full specs. It’s a ‘Fitness bike’, ‘flat bar road bike’ or alternatively just a ‘hybrid’.  Reasonably skinny tyres (32mm) , though not the thinnest or slickest, road bike gearing and some killer looks courtesy of the striking tube geometry and shapes. This was bought new.

http://www.gtbicycles.com/gbr/2012/bikes/road/performance/2012-tachyon-2-0

Next up, the Garmin Edge 500. This is considered an entry level GPS receiver in the cycling world, and as such is more than adequate for my needs. It uses satellites to tell you how far, how fast and how high you’ve climbed; as well as linking to a heart rate monitor to show you calories, heart-rate zones and training levels. It also tells you the temperature for some reason.  It’s far from basic, but I’m a sucker for a statistic. It also connects to the computer and produces lovely maps and charts for you to share with your friends. This was bought new

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-Heart-Monitor-Cadence-Sensor/dp/B002O0QBN4

The turbo trainer. I went for the Elite Mag Force Elastogel trainer after advice from relatives. It’s got 5 difference resistance settings, which can be controlled from the handlebar mount; it’s magnetic resistance which means it’s smooth and quiet, and the elastogel coating on the roller means it’s quieter and should shred the road going tyres. It’s quiet enough to use in the living room with my wife watching something on the box nearby, and it’s orange, which is cool. This was bought new

http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Elite-Mag-Force-ElastoGel-Trainer_40491.htm?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Product_Search&utm_campaign=Froogle02

I wanted Shimano SPDs as they’re a product I’m familiar with from a previous, fitter life. I didn’t want anything too ‘try hard’ in this department though, so I went for MTB style shoes, not from the linked website, I found them cheaper and was able to include them in the Cycle to work voucher meaning a nice fat discount. Naturally I also had to buy the pedals, but you probably know what these look like, so no pic for those!

http://www.dalescycles.com/shimano-mt33-spd-shoes-p1423

Saddle bag, you’ve got to keep the kit somewhere! I already had this Topeak Aero Wedge, so just swapped it from my old bike. Good bag, cheap price, plenty of storage.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000FIE45O/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00

You’re going to need Tyre levers and a puncture repair solution, punctures are a fact of life when you’re on a bike, especially when you weigh over 20 stone. I use these.

Levers http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0011HSAJE/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i01

Scabs http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0011YHCY6/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00

A multitool is a great thing, my one even has a chain tool on it, I bought this MAXbike gooj new as an upgrade to my original which was looking worse-for-wear.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002CLXUR0/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00

If you cycle in London you really should wear a helmet, there’s too many idiots on the road. I bought this Bell cycling helmet a year ago during a Halfords two for one offer on all cycling equipment.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=69620&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Shopping&utm_name=UnitedKingdom

Another special from Halfords was the gloves, basic, but they do add a degree of comfort over a long distance.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_568671_langId_-1_categoryId_228864

Shorts were bought at a French supermarket, a complete bargain. Padded lyrca, all you could need.

When you’re doing some distances, you need some glasses to keep wildlife, spray and stones out of your eyes. DON’T buy cycling specific ones, really. Mine were £12 from toolstation.

http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Workwear/Eyewear/HighVisibility+Safety+Glasses/d70/sd2775/p84851

I’m a big lad, so I sweat. I had a wicking layer that I use for hiking, it works just as well on the bike, I think it was about £10. Not from Millets but this link gives you an idea. It keeps me cool, goes under a t-shirt nicely and stops bits rubbing

http://www.millets.co.uk/clothing/mens-clothing/t-shirts-and-sweats/technical-t-shirts/product/071807/TCH-M-PERSUIT-LS-ZIP-DK-RED-S.html?attribute=15328836

 

I have also opted for another safety item, a Road ID. I ordered mine from the USA two weeks ago and it arrived yesterday, barely over £10 for a personalised, quality piece of kit, including shipping. If you cycle alone over long distances then it really is a no-brainer, get one of these made up. I went for the wrist ID Sport, which I wear when motorcycling as well.

http://www.roadid.com/Common/Default.aspx

You need one.

 

Finally, mudguards. After seeing some feedback and variable reviews I went for a quick-fix option, that can be removed from the bike in seconds.  These are incredibly innovative and no real downsides as they’re not a ‘permanent’ solution.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/full-windsor-quickfix-rear-mudguards/

 

That’s about it, I’ll probably review the newer bits as time goes on, and swap things as necessary. I also carry two spare tubes at all times, *just in case*.

Happy travels.

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