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Another return of: 3 items you won't trade(31 posts)

Another return of: 3 items you won't trademike mcmahon
Jun 15, 2001 5:17 PM
As I recall, we covered a similar topic months ago, but we've had numerous new posters join us since then. You're forced to choose three cycling components, accesssories, articles of clothing that you won't give up for anything: What are they and why? This is not about frames, component gruppos, or complete bikes, just the smaller things you can't live without. For me:

1. Sidi Genius 3 shoes. They're comfortable, they last forever, and they look nice. I'm on my second pair and have no plans to switch until Sidi stops making this shoe.

2. Zefal frame pump. I tried mini-pumps; I tried CO2. I'm sticking with the Zefal. It gets the job done quickly and it's really not that heavy. I can't tell you how many people with mini-pumps have borrowed my Zefal when they flatted on group rides.

3. Selle Italia Flite saddle. I'm on my third and have found nothing that even makes me consider switching. As someone (Grz?) said recently, a saddle should fit like a glove and this one does. It's also light and nice and stealthy looking even after all these years.
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't tradeElefantino
Jun 15, 2001 5:56 PM
1) My Selle Italia XO saddle. $15 from the orphan saddle bin at the LBS and it fits my butt like a glove. Or something like that. The most underrated perch in cycling.
2) My Speedplay X-2s. The best pedal, for the money, in the world, hands (or feet) down.
3) My LAF Peleton Project jersey. I wore it when I rode with the man in Austin. Thrill of a lifetime.
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't tradeRich Clark
Jun 15, 2001 6:25 PM
Hey, I'll play. I'm a commuter, mostly, and do a lot of all-day recreational rides. I try to keep the memory of the 60's bicycle counterculture alive without rejecting cool new technology.

1) Shimano SPD Sandals. Cool in every sense of the word. Light, too.

2) Headsweats. When you're a bald guy who sweats a lot, you can't put a price on something that not only keeps the stuff out of your eyes, but doesn't get saturated and dries out in a couple of hours.

3) Performance Transit Rack Trunk. Gotta have a place for your stuff.

about dem Sidi Genius 3'snutmegger
Jun 15, 2001 6:26 PM
Iffin they last forever, whatcha on your second pair for?
A good questionmike mcmahon
Jun 15, 2001 6:31 PM
Although my six year old G3s still work as well as the day I bought them, they don't look brand-new. I figured after six years, I owed myself, so I got a new pair recently. My old pair is the mesh-type, which I will continue to use for exceptionally hot days. The new pair are lorica and in a different color. I've got more than one pair of dress shoes too. ;-)
A good questionnutmegger
Jun 15, 2001 6:51 PM
Mike, I figured as much but the wiseguy in me couldn't resist. By the way, I consider you to be one of the more productive contributors here and I appreciate what you bring to the forum. I'm still learning and usually lurk except for the occasional jest or quarterly question of actual significance.
Soccer (football) player?mike mcmahon
Jun 15, 2001 9:05 PM
First, thanks for the kind words. Does your board name indicate that you are or were a soccer player? If I recall correctly, a "nutmeg" in soccer is where you dribble the ball right between the opposing player's legs. If not, a cook?

Soccer (football) player?Lazy
Jun 16, 2001 8:26 AM
You do recall correctly. Being nutmegged is extremely embarrassing and to be avoided at all costs. Nutmegging a goalie is a real coup.
Soccer (football) player?nutmegger
Jun 18, 2001 5:34 PM
It refers to my native state, not sedentary, of Connecticut which is known as the Nutmeg State.
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't tradeMike Prince
Jun 15, 2001 6:36 PM
1. Flite Saddle - After many years to looking for the best saddle for my butt, this is the one. A keeper.
2. Assos Chamois Creme - Not sure if this is first or second on the list but I use it EVERY ride, whether 10 miles or 100.
3. Clipless pedals - Did the clip/strap thing from my first real bike, a 1970's Raleigh Gran Prix with plastic Simplex derailleurs, through many others up to my '90 Stumpjumper which I still ride (now clipless) - changed to clipless as soon as it came out and have never looked back. Can't imagine using anything else. I even use LOOK bindings on my snow skis.

Conti tires, Concor saddles and Carnac shoes (nm)Hank
Jun 15, 2001 6:40 PM
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't tradelook271
Jun 15, 2001 7:17 PM
1) Assos Chamois creme. I think I've said enough about it in other posts. (Believe in the creme!)
2) Selle Italia prolink saddle. I've used several types that I like, but this is by far the best.
3) Look pedals. I won't use any other kind. Who cares about their weight?
3 Items I will not TradeGW Rider
Jun 15, 2001 7:28 PM
here is my list of items I would not trade.

1. 2000 Trek 5200. Absolutely love this bike; fast, comfortable, and climbs like a scalded cat. The Corvette of American bikes.

2. 1985 Trek 420. My first road bike, which was converted to a cyclocross bike last year, is my pride and joy. Old school lugs, I need to post a pic of it in the gallery.

3. My Park tools. Nothing like a good set of tools to keep the bikes running right.
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't tradeJoe B.
Jun 15, 2001 7:53 PM
1. Time ATAC's -- I love them with all my heart, they have no flaws which matter to me, and I currently use them (same set even) on both road and mtb.

2. Park PCS-1 workstand -- I don't do every last bit of my own wrenching, but I do enough of it to hate the thought of not having a workstand. It makes even the simple jobs simpler, and some jobs that are simple with it would be very tedious and/or a pain in the butt without it.

3. 1997 model Topeak Combo Master Blaster -- For the first 3 years I owned it, it was my only pump, and performed all pumping duties for myself and my (then) spouse. Topeak made a customer for life from me for both the quality of the product and (long story) some exceptional customer service given to me when I first purchased it. Like my pedals, it goes with me on both bikes.

I wish the list could be one or two items longer...

re: Another return of: 3 items you won't tradeVon Zip
Jun 15, 2001 7:54 PM
My older Park work stand.

All the tools that I've collected to cover just about any job.

And my newest bicycle, The Silver Streak.
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't trade9WorCP
Jun 15, 2001 8:04 PM
My right hand Ultegra shifter/brake lever.

My specialized "Air Force" tire pump,


My Tom Ritchey steel skewers.
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't trademaxx
Jun 15, 2001 8:16 PM
When something works so well, why change!?

1 - Carnac Legends
2 - Leather & Crochet gloves
3 - Mavic Cosmos

Dependability, comfort, quality....
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't tradeAtombomber
Jun 15, 2001 8:25 PM
Agree on the Sidi shoes. I have the Shadow, but basically a Genius3 with plastic straps instead of velcro. I have been using various Sidi shoes since the mid 80's for both road and mountain biking. (I now use AXO shoes when riding my big heavy full squishy)

Also, the Sella Italia saddle is a requirement for me. I use the Turbomatic. Ever since they came out, a Turbomatic (1, 2, or 3) has been on my bikes. Comfortable for hours of riding and durable. Not the lightest, but why be in pain for a few less grams?

My other requirement is Bike Ribbon's Cork Plus bar tape. They make tape for Cinelli and Colnago (among others), but BR's has no logos or writing, and is way cheaper. Comfortable and durable, and has an adhesive backing so it won't shift, unlike Profile tape.
Big Extra, Big Mac, McNuggets. nmAllen D.
Jun 15, 2001 9:48 PM
What no Tools?Tom C
Jun 15, 2001 10:26 PM
Wouldn't trade my old Minoura truing stand and dishing gauge. Count it as one.Wouldn't have any wheels otherwise.Wouldn't trade a .50 cent spoke wrench from an old Schwinn shop I got as payment from a really fat girl whose broken rear axle I swapped out. It's the only spoke wrench I've ever used. Something about those Look 206 pedals combined with the black fixed cleat that I wouldn't trade.
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't tradeCyclingWolf
Jun 15, 2001 11:23 PM
My list....

- 2000 Trek 5200 (Silver) Just no substitute
- Look 396 Pedals w/ Nike Poggio Carbon Shoes and Red Cleats
- Dura Ace Shifters - Priceless!!!
My three. . .12x23
Jun 16, 2001 4:39 AM
1. Sidi Genius 3 shoes. Like you I'm on my second pair, and I like the new Millennium sole better.

2. San Marco Era saddle. I switched from the Flite. So the saddle should fit like a glove. For me the Era does it one better; it is a DNA match to my arse. ;-)

3. Time pedals. They just work for me. I don't notice my pedals when riding, so they must be doing their job.
three thingsPaulCL
Jun 16, 2001 6:28 AM
1. My sella italia Turbomatic II: It fits my butt. I'm on number 3
2. A helmet. Any helmet. Wouldn't be caught alive without one.
3. My bibs. Once I started using bibs, I'll never use shorts again
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't tradegot2ryd
Jun 16, 2001 11:01 AM
1. like a glove and after blowing out a sole mtn biking, the replaceable cleat insert makes a whole lot of sense!

2. rudy project kerosenes.

3. post ride beer.....preferably vt micro brew such as trout river.
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't tradebiknben
Jun 16, 2001 12:01 PM
1. Sidi shoes. I have the G3s and a pair of dominators for the MTB bike. Fit like they were made for ME.

2. Giro Helmet. I had a Tera Moto. Now have a Exudus. Got my eye on the Pneumo (or whatever it's called).

3. Oakley M-frames. Have two frames (hinged and non-hinged) and at least 6 lenses.

The things I won't trade are the one that fit me like nothing else. You could put me on a different bike or different components and I would get used to them. But these 3 would make or brake my ride.
only 3?club
Jun 16, 2001 5:21 PM
My Gary Helfrich (Arctos) custom 6/4 ti quill stem. My 6/4 ti custom hash pipe from the same maker. The rigid ti fork on my Alpinestars Ti-Mega (Litespeed-built) MTB frame. Wouldn't trade the frame, either.
only 3?mike mcmahon
Jun 16, 2001 6:31 PM
Did that second item come pre-packed?
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't tradeAlan B
Jun 18, 2001 10:03 AM
1) STI shifters
2) Look pedals
3) Oakly M Frames
re: Another return of: 3 items you won't tradeMeDotOrg
Jun 18, 2001 12:28 PM
1. Torelli floor pump - seems to work as well as the legendary Silca, only cheaper...

2. Speedplay frog pedals - you don't think about them. Easiest pedals to clip/unclip. Good float - no knee problems.

3. Swobo wool jersey: Wear a short-sleeve Swobo with arm warmers, and you are covered for temperatures from 40-100 degrees. Nothing feels quite like wool...and it has that understated chic...
Don't tell Nigelmike mcmahon
Jun 18, 2001 12:32 PM
about wearing the wool jersey in temps up to 100. ;-)
That's the funniest thing I've heard all day!!! NMLazy
Jun 18, 2001 12:33 PM