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Best cycling product for under $20?(31 posts)

Best cycling product for under $20?peloton
Sep 13, 2001 7:29 PM
Cycling is a sport where we can all throw away lots of money. Sometimes I find the products that I feel the most strongly about are also the least expensive. Good cables, housing, tape, or even an enegy bar. What is your favorite product for under $20?

I have two-

1)Cinelli cork tape- feels good on my hands, what more is there to say? It's a better deal if you can find Bike Ribbon (who makes the tape for Cinelli).

2) Coffee grinder- What else makes your coffee taste good and fresh, and helps you pour America's favorite drug into your viens by the gallon? Don't tell the UCI!
Assos Chamois Creme and DeFeet socks. None better.(nm)look271
Sep 13, 2001 7:35 PM
re: Best cycling product for under $20?Dog
Sep 13, 2001 7:36 PM
*Performance LunarLite tubes. 50 grams


*Phil Wood grease

*Chamois Butt'r

*Gatorade at 180 miles into a ride

*Simple Green - use is by the gallon

*CO2 cartidges - save a lot of pumping and time

re: Best cycling product for under $20?I Love Shimano
Sep 13, 2001 7:38 PM
I have 4!

1. Silva Cork Tape - $6 - cheaper than Cinelli cork!

2. Headband - $5 - got a Mapei version from Performance, soaks up a lot of sweat especially when I'm on a trainer

3. Jerseys - $6 - fake ones made here are have good material and look real enough!

4. Tacx waterbottles - $5 - great to use off the bike too!

Any other suggestions?
re: Best cycling product for under $20?Allen az
Sep 13, 2001 7:47 PM
After getting 8 flats in the month of June, I decided I should try those thorn-resistant tubes. To my surprise, they worked, and I haven't had a flat since. Yes, they do weigh more, but it doesn't matter if you ride a Trek 1000, everything is heavy! I Gotta get some of that Cinelli Cork too!
Just to add a third for mepeloton
Sep 13, 2001 7:51 PM
Quality cycling socks- My current favorites are Pearl Izumi and Smartwool. They feel good on your feet. Wear them off the bike and the whole world has no question between the socks, and shaved legs that you are a cyclist too.
re: Best cycling product for under $20?JG
Sep 13, 2001 7:56 PM
DeFeet Armskins Arm Warmers - $16.95

DeFeet UnDshurt Sleeveless Base Layer Jersey - $19.95

Great performance and made in the USA!
re: Best cycling product for under $20?Me Dot Org
Sep 13, 2001 8:13 PM
* DeFeet Armwarmers - expand your comfort zone by 20 degrees

...and gotta go with dog on

* Simple Green
* Hammergel
re: Best cycling product for under $20?Elefantino
Sep 13, 2001 9:22 PM
• Orange Clean. ($3.68 at WalMart). I love Simple Green, but for my bike Orange Clean is the best. It's a great degreaser (squirt a ton on an old rag and you have an instant chain cleaner) and cleans up the whole rest of the bike well, too.
• Pedro's RX Multi-Tool. (You can find it for under $20 many places). The best saddle bag tool I've ever used. Light, too.
• Performance Forte Kevlar Tires ($17.97 if you buy them in-store; the price usually goes up and down on the Web depending on their supply). I don't race anymore. I want a tire with good grip, flat protection and long life. Have't found one better. (Beware: Theya re NOT status symbols.)
• Selle Italia XO saddle. (Can be had for $15-20 in your LBS's orphan saddle bin because people usually want to upgrade). The best tush perch for us skinny people that can be found.
• Headsweats. ($19.99 for the CoolMax; $14.99 for the cotton. Spend the extra). My head has never been hot since I started wearing my gaudy Texas-flag Headsweat (and I live in Florida!). Trick: When you're out on a group ride and you make a stop at a convenience store, throw the Headsweat in the ice locker. Five minutes in there and you've got an air-conditioner for your head.
• Udder Butter. (About 10 bucks for a big tub, also at WalMart). Sure it was made for cows. But there's nothing better (or cheaper) for saddle sores.
• A $20 donation to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. I'm a Peleton Project member who just lost my dad to cancer last month. But my 81-ear-old mom survived Stage 3 ovarian two years ago; she was in the hospital during the '99 TdF and Lance became her inspiration. She was the oldest survivor in Austin last April (Lance met her and was super nice; she even got to speak at the survivors symposium with him!) and is planning to be back next year.

God bless all the families of the tragedies. Let's keep them in our thoughts and prayers. I'm convinced that when we're out on the road, at or before dawn, putting in our miles, it's a great time to talk to Him.
Sorry to hear about your father. . .js5280
Sep 14, 2001 7:57 AM
Sorry to hear about your father. I second a $20 donation to the and putting a good word in for those that are suffering right now. Rode my first Ride for the Roses this year as a Peloton Project member and 4 year TC survivor, I will be back next year. Looking forward to that 100 mile route!
Sep 14, 2001 3:03 PM
And we'll see you in Austin again! This time, though, I hope they actually put alcohol in the Sunday night margaritas.
Crank Bros Speed Lever12x23
Sep 14, 2001 2:39 AM
Remove and replace a tube in record time with about $14 leftover.
Crank Bros Speed LeverMikeC
Sep 14, 2001 8:00 AM
Does it really help in getting the tire back on the rim, or just getting it off?
Both!! (nm)12x23
Sep 14, 2001 9:32 AM
re: Best cycling product for under $20?Len J
Sep 14, 2001 3:41 AM
1.)Chanois But'r. Nuff said

2.)Coolmax Headsweats.

3.)Gatorasde powder by the large can.

Beyond that, everything seems to have more zeros.

re: Best cycling product for under $20?Ian
Sep 14, 2001 4:25 AM
Well, I'll agree with everyone, new bar tape, not particular on brand.

Pearl socks, the DeFeet socks are a little to thin for me.

I just got a set of carbon headset spacers, pretty cool.

Lubes and cleaners, can almost make a bike new again.

And I guees that is it. Now that I think about it, I can't believe how few items I spend $20 on.
re: Best cycling product for under $20?bianchi boy
Sep 14, 2001 4:54 AM
1. New bar tape, $8-15. Brand not important, but a nice color to jazz up your bike.
2. Ciussi water bottle cages, $10 each. Look nice, work great. Can match color to your frame.
3. Colorado Cyclist Bigmouth seat bag, $13. Not too big, not too small. Looks good.
4. Chainstay and cable guards, $5-10, to keep chain and cables from marring paint.
5. Polar bottles, $8. They really work.
6. Third Eye Chain Watcher, $10, keeps chain from jumping off inner chainring. It works.
7. ProLink chain lube, $6. I was skeptical but it really works. Keeps chain quiet and clean.
8. Water bottles, $4, in colors that match your handlebar tape, frame, or whatever. Another cheap way to jazz up your bike.
9. Third Eye bar-end mirror, $15. Non-obtrusive, doesn't vibrate, makes me feel safer.
10. Kryptonite cable locks, $8-10. Flexible, won't mar paint on bikes. I've got a big one in my truck bed, and carry a very small one in my seat bag.
re: Best cycling product for under $20?pmf1
Sep 14, 2001 5:12 AM
Now that cold weather is approaching, I'd have to say a balaclava. Most useful thing for keeping your head and ears warm in the winter.
after ride, six pack of Heini and a pizza NMcycleguy
Sep 14, 2001 5:18 AM
Any local ride guide book ...Humma Hah
Sep 14, 2001 6:18 AM
The one I bought in San Diego had MTB routes, but I've seen some advertised for road rides. They tend to run in the $12-15 range.
re: Best cycling product for under $20?jagiger
Sep 14, 2001 7:09 AM
- Pedros Chain Keyer which protects chainstays when you
remove the rear wheel, $9-10
- Finish Line Cleaner which works great, $19.99 for kit
- Pro 409 degreaser, cheap & works, $2-3
- Wynn's hand wipes for clean up, $2
ziploc storage baggies. i use these for EVERYTHING. nmSpiritual Haiku
Sep 14, 2001 7:15 AM
Tubes, you always need tubesOnrhodes
Sep 14, 2001 7:37 AM
You're going to always need extra tubes kicking around. If you go $20 burning a hole in your pocket for some cycling product, pick up some extra tubes
re: Best cycling product for under $20?DINOSAUR
Sep 14, 2001 7:39 AM
Home made chain lube. 3 parts orderless mineral spirits to 1 part motor oil. It's cheap, it works, and you can make a batch for a whole year.
re: Best cycling product for under $20?bikedodger
Sep 14, 2001 7:51 AM
Your recipe may work for cheap Campy chains, but for high quality Shimano chains the correct recipe is 4 parts mineral spirits to 1 part synthetic motor oil.
re: Best cycling product for under $20?DINOSAUR
Sep 14, 2001 7:59 AM
I've also heard that the "correct recipe" is 5 parts mineral spirits to one part motor oil. Maybe the 4 to one ratio is a compromise? I don't think it makes a big hoot..
re: Homemade chain lubemr tornado head
Sep 15, 2001 7:06 PM
Well, I'd try to get 30w oil ment for electrical motors. Motor oil has detergents and viscosity indexers and other additives that you don't really need and (as I understand it) has the potential to work against you in chain life.

As for synthetic vs. regular, don't think at the speeds at which we go and the very low amount of heat we generate at the chain would qualify for any difference between the two.

Me, I just go with ProLink. Really for the amount I spend on it verses the labor and (potential) mess... it's worth it.
Cytomax or similur tech sports drink (nm)Chris Zeller
Sep 14, 2001 7:50 AM
Best cycling product under $20Ken56
Sep 14, 2001 11:15 AM
1. Polar insulated water bottle

2. Pearl Izumi headband

3. Finish Line Cleaner/Degreaser
Babysitter (nm)Steve Davis
Sep 14, 2001 6:35 PM
Steve, that's more than 10 bucks...peloton
Sep 15, 2001 8:10 PM
Just remember all of the people here you own 10 bucks so that they won't tell your wife! :)