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YOU SHOW ME YOURS......(42 posts)

YOU SHOW ME YOURS......naff geezer
Jan 22, 2002 6:08 AM
if you had to choose one item from your bike or a cycling related item that you absolutely adore and cannot find fault with what would it be?

i don't care if its a seat binder bolt, a skewer, a stem, a jersey etc etc. but what is it that you are soo glad you have and dont think could be designed any better?

...and ill show you mine!!!
re: YOU SHOW ME YOURS......morey
Jan 22, 2002 6:16 AM
Fizik Poggio saddle. It has been really comfortable!
Velox Rim Tape....Nothing but the best (nm)Cima Coppi
Jan 22, 2002 6:22 AM
DeFeet Air-E-atorsElefantino
Jan 22, 2002 6:36 AM
The BMW of socks. I love 'em.

Santini kit , specifically bibknicker and matching LS shirtLone Gunman
Jan 22, 2002 6:43 AM
Great fit and function, gets me out to ride when I would think it was not warm enough.
DeFeet Air-E-ators: me too!!! nmJs Haiku Shop
Jan 22, 2002 8:09 AM
Sidi shoes...biknben
Jan 22, 2002 6:46 AM
I've had a pair of Dominator 2 for 5 years now. I beat the crap outa them and they won't die. They look so beat up they have character.

I also have a pair of Genius shoes (same as Dominators but for road). I got them just a few months after the Doms. Being a road shoe, they don't take as much abuse and I expect tehy will last a very long time.
Time ATACs for crossAlex-in-Evanston
Jan 22, 2002 7:09 AM
Brilliant pedals. They never clog, are a cinch to pop in and out of, and are wide enough to stomp on.

velox rim tape and bar endsgrandemamou
Jan 22, 2002 7:23 AM
I have tried cheaper versions and expensive light weight versions of both. Always come back because they work and last!!!!!!!!!
a fewDog
Jan 22, 2002 7:35 AM
*SRP Ti bolts; these things are works of art, and a whole set, with Al, too, can lighten a Dura Ace group by 90 grams.

*Ksyrium wheels are pretty close to perfect; if I could have only one wheelset forever, training and racing, this would be it; I love 'em.

*Chris King threadless headsets

Ditto on the special K's.look271
Jan 22, 2002 1:13 PM
Aero, light, and durable.Look good, too.
...33 gal lawn trash bag poncho & duct tape!...breck
Jan 22, 2002 7:37 AM
Cut the head & arm holes out;
wrap the waist w/ duct tape.

...saved my butt more than a few times in cold windy weather!

re: YOU SHOW ME YOURS......hinaults dog
Jan 22, 2002 7:38 AM
michelin bi axial sport tyres

have never used a better training tyre
re: YOU SHOW ME YOURS......tempeteKerouak
Jan 22, 2002 7:52 AM
Mountain: Tie between my 93' Kona Hei Hei mountain bike frame. (Straight gauge Sandvik tubes. I'll leave it to my kids one day.) and the classic original Specialized Ground Control tire. The best all around MTB cross country tire ever.

Road: My long sold lugged Marinoni Columbus SL 54 cm frame, Twitty bird yellow and chromed fork and rear. Why did I sell it, why!
Jan 22, 2002 8:33 AM
ONE item right? O.K. then hands down it's my Selle San Marco Era saddle. It's made the biggest difference of anything I added to my bike. I just hope they keep making them...
San Marco Era made my tush happy too! -NMTig
Jan 22, 2002 8:43 AM
re: YOU SHOW ME YOURS......Turtleherder
Jan 22, 2002 8:44 AM
Dura-ace rear skewer. Before I bought it I had exploded three other rear skewers trying to keep the wheel from torqueing over. Never had a problem since.
ACT wirelessga
Jan 22, 2002 9:14 AM
I have an old ACT wireless over the stem computer. I just love the damn thing. It is accurate, gives uninterupted data and has proven better than anything else I have tried. And it give the odometer(total miles) reading to the tenth of a mile.
Chris King headset and Voler jerseys (nm)Dave Hickey
Jan 22, 2002 9:18 AM
My riding buddy/stoker/wife. nmMB1
Jan 22, 2002 9:45 AM
rubbing it in?Dog
Jan 22, 2002 1:31 PM
Please leave her to me in your will. Of course, I'll have to move to Utah...

Well it was either her or Brooks saddles.MB1
Jan 22, 2002 2:54 PM
Both break in well and go forever. (Oh boy I hope she doesn't see this!)
...and get more comfortable the more you ride them :-) nmDog
Jan 22, 2002 5:05 PM
Original (not lite) San Marco Concor saddle nmdzrider
Jan 22, 2002 10:03 AM
Jan 22, 2002 10:15 AM
found any places where you can still get those? I ride the new Concor on most of my bikes (which I don't like as much), but the saddle on my main bike is a Concor Supperleggera--probably the only one in existence that isn't broken. Always ridden Concor...
Original (not lite) San Marco Concor saddle (AGREED)patrick
Jan 22, 2002 11:33 AM
Campy climb dynamic wheels: nucleon et al - nmMcAndrus
Jan 22, 2002 10:32 AM
I think a second on that one.Troyboy
Jan 22, 2002 10:52 AM
That's about it for me. My Nucleons. Maybe my Rev-X's as well. I love them though they're a bit heavy. Maybe my Ergo levers or FSA carbon cranks too.
possum wool neck gaitor from Rivendell..alas no morenaff geezer
Jan 22, 2002 11:04 AM
looking through the responses im surprised that there are no mentions of brooks saddles...

i went through a never ending list that started with c-record cranks, simplex downtube levers, campy aero (fabric softener) bottle & cage, detto pietro wood soled shoes, original cinelli wool jersey, cinelli 65 bars, chorus Ti seatpost, selle regal saddle, campy moskva rims, salsa skewers (steel), castelli thermastat oversocks, castelli y2k bibs, de rosa fork crown, colango precisa straight chrome fork, giro stelvio, the little screw on the left arm of my chorus brake calipers that makes it so easy to centre the calipers, zinn's book of road bike maintenance, my park spoke tool etc etc etc

BUT finally had to settle on the neck thingy from rivendell. $16 of pure joy. it is basically a tube - i can wear it as a scarf, as a face mask, as a headband/ear protector and even as a hat with an opening at the back of my head to let off steam (under a helmet or on its own). made from 50% merino wool, 40% possum fur and 10% silk. endorsed by the world wide fund for nature and made by a company that contribute's funds that help preserve New Zealand's native bush and birds. even i as an aussie feel proud. it has become part of my regular wardrobe and men and women aqually are taken with its svelte to the touch and simple elegance.

alas, rivendell has sold out of its inventory on this item and its no longer listed on their site. they are not sure whether they will have more deliveries in the future as of writing. oohhhh. :-(

kill more possums quick i say. i would buy 5 more if i could!

ahem... would someone like to start a thread on the worst item?
Nike ACG shortsIAM
Jan 22, 2002 11:48 AM
Nike ACG shorts. I know some of the Nike stuff gets flamed from time to time but these shorts are the best i've seen or worn, thick and sturdy great fit and love the pad. Too bad they don't make them any more. I should have bought a couple more pairs.
re: YOU SHOW ME YOURS......Woof the dog
Jan 22, 2002 11:49 AM
no need for superduper toys. functionality (along with design specific for that!) wins by a lot. Thus, I need good pedals with lots of float, crispy shifting of sti, clean chain, good real functional bartape and not some crappy ripping cork tape, good cages, nice comfortable clothes from Voler. See, its all about a feel, not looks. I don't care for trinkets under my seat.

Anyone agrees with the dawg?


Woof the revelation dog.
Jan 22, 2002 12:21 PM
I have a homemade mirror that isn't sold in stores that clips on to my glasses. It was given to me by a fellow rider who had bought it from an old man who made them. It is the one thing I can't ride without that is irreplaceable.
sidi dominator 3colker
Jan 22, 2002 12:41 PM
i like walking on them when i'm at home. it's my best fitting shoes.
tough one...Geof
Jan 22, 2002 12:51 PM
I just really dig my whole bike. The ride, the looks, etc. If I had to pick the jizz of the whole lot it would be my new look carbon hsc3 fork. Man, it looks cool. Also my newest winter jersey a Castelli Richards. The zipper goes down the neck line and the front is completely unbroken and has a sweet embroidered scorpion logo mid chest... Yellow and black... just like my bike. (you can definatly see me coming...)
my top 35ive
Jan 22, 2002 2:10 PM
SI Flite TT -- after trying 10 different saddles, finally found one that matches my arse.

AXO Palomar gloves -- everything i want from a light pair of full-fingered gloves, nothing i don't.

ASSOS Airblock Roubaix Jacket -- worth every single penny and than some.
re: YOU SHOW ME YOURS......guido
Jan 22, 2002 2:26 PM
The flat fork crown on my old DeRosa. It is truly elegant in it's simplicity. Looks like a turret on a fortress. It acts like a shock absorber, rigid laterally, compliant vertically. Allows the fork blades to be longer, so they can also absorb more shock. Cushy riding, without weakening cornering or climbing response. Rivendell has more to say about this design. The only reason most builders don't use it? So retro, ugh!
the framedolmencc
Jan 22, 2002 3:56 PM
de rosa merak
so light, beautiful finish.
Ritchey WCS stem.Sintesi at home
Jan 22, 2002 5:23 PM
I've said before, I'll say it again. Best purchase yet.
Jan 23, 2002 12:09 AM
got one on my mtb and road bike
re: YOU SHOW ME YOURS......nothatgullible
Jan 22, 2002 6:41 PM
Definitively the bike itself. I think they are engineering marvels. So simple but effective. They weigh 20lbs yet can stand a 175lbs rider under heavy stress as in downhill cornering, etc. I just love bikes. Thought about it for a while but can't pick one part, I like the whole thing.
I'm GLAD to show you MINE!! ;)nigel
Jan 22, 2002 7:23 PM
First place: my 2000 Giant TCR2. Coming from an old steel bike with downtube shifting, this incredible machine has given me ten times the appreciation and fun than my former steed had (and I thought I liked the old one). A totally different animal: from the STI shifters to the superlight, superefficient, beautiful, muscular yellow frame, to the lovely carbon fiber bits, and to the smooth and so-far-flawless 105 components (headset aside). My bike is pure exhilaration and F-U-N.

Second place: My Speedplay X/2 pedals. Perfection, so far. Nuff said.

There. I don't feel nearly as naked as I thought I would. :)

P.S. MB1 does happen to mention Brooks saddles, o naff one; just after his beloved wifey.
My Sidi Genius 3, Trouble and hassle free(NM)James
Jan 23, 2002 1:23 AM