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If you could buy one thing for your bike, You would buy....(40 posts)

If you could buy one thing for your bike, You would buy....allezrider
Jun 5, 2002 1:11 PM
If you could only buy one more item for your bike, what would it be....
Kestrel handlebar, and it's on the way! nmSpoke Wrench
Jun 5, 2002 1:14 PM
Where did you buy it? Looking for one. (nm)Paul
Jun 6, 2002 3:30 AM
Where did you buy it? Looking for one. (nm)Spoke Wrench
Jun 6, 2002 4:56 AM
I decided on the Kestrel rather than a scary-light aluminum bar after reading posts on this board. Kestrel gave me a killer deal on a shop employee purchase deal. Only trouble is, I'm getting impatient.
My friend bought it from Performance for 100.00 Loves it, saysPaul
Jun 6, 2002 5:36 AM
it helps his hands due to it's damping. I'll keep looking for one, Easton is too expensive right now. Hope you enjoy it.
$100.00 sounds pretty cheap to me.Spoke Wrench
Jun 6, 2002 8:41 AM
Wholesale price through QBP is $90.00.

I just ordered it because I have to make sure that my bike is cooler looking and weighs less than the Independent that my co-worker owns.
a computer with an altimetermwood
Jun 5, 2002 1:17 PM
We do so much up and down around here, it might be interesting to quantify.
I'll second that. nmrideslikeagirl
Jun 5, 2002 1:21 PM
don't waste your moneymr_spin
Jun 5, 2002 1:44 PM
Computers with altimeters are notoriously inaccurate unless constantly adjusted and calibrated, and even then, I feel I can get a closer number by guessing.

I have two different kinds, and I find them basically useless. The only time they consistently seem correct is when you are at high altitude, say 7,000 feet. One of my computers (Cateye AT-100) specifically states that the computer algorithm works "best" above 3,000 feet. I live 100 feet above sea level, so that does me a lot of good. I did some riding around Mammoth in the Sierras (around 7,000 feet), and the AT-100 came very close to the signs on the side of the road.

What's funny is that people will tell you stories about how the altimeter may not be right, but the cumulative reading is right. I always have to laugh. It's wishful thinking at best, by someone who wants to believe they climbed 10,000 feet on their 50 mile ride. It's simple logic: If the source of your data isn't accurate, how can anything you calculate from it be accurate?
thanks for saving me the $$ :-)mwood
Jun 5, 2002 2:04 PM
don't waste your moneyCFBlue
Jun 5, 2002 2:15 PM
I recently put a cateye (don't remember the model number)with altimeter on my bike, and I too live at sea level. It has been a fun thing to have, but I have left, having reset to "0" altitude, only to come back within an hour to find that my house had risen 35 feet! On this mornings ride, I was checking repeatedly to find the altitude of the start of a small hill, and in the course of going in and out of the shadows I noticed a drop of nearly 75 feet in a very short, but flat distance, moments later, I regained that altitude.

however, I do reset to "0" at the start of each ride I plan to use it, and on one particular climb, 1000' in 3.5 miles it has read within 5 feet on three different occasions, and weather conditions.

it is fun to have, but I wouldn't really except real accuracy from it. However, if its fun with hills you want, look up what I call the "Agony Indicator"

A friend has one, and we get some good chuckles from it, I may have to get one myself!
They drive you crazy, but I enjoy mine...Silverback
Jun 5, 2002 3:02 PM
They to have to be reset often, but that's not necessarily due to inaccuracy--atmospheric pressure changes during the day, so when I ride to work in the morning I sometimes go from 4910 feet to 4420, then on the way home go from 4600 to 5240. It's hardly any trouble to reset, though. I know my house is at 4904 feet (USGS benchmarker in the park across the street), and the first hill to the north is 6264 (topo map) and so on. It's a fun toy, marginally useful as a navigation aid on mountain bike rides, and well worth the money to me. You can't expect it to measure the difference between the first and third floors of a building (which mine will do) but ignore fluctutations in pressure.
Jun 5, 2002 3:58 PM
"...only time they consistently seem correct is when you are at high altitude, say 7,000 feet."

I forget where I am sometimes. Living and riding at 7,000 ft, I don't consider myself "high" anymore until over 9K.

A friend of mine (lives at sea level) has an altimeter on his Flightdeck. (I guess that's what he has?) He logs his climbng data regularly. But then he's a real science geek type and gets off on that sort of thing. His numbers have been pretty accurate when I've ridden with him.
don't waste your moneyIan
Jun 5, 2002 4:05 PM
I like mine. You are correct that they will change some from day to day, and on occasion, from hour to hour. But, as the other post said, you can't expect them to measure the change in feet and ignore pressure fluctuation. My house is about 100 feet above sea level. And on some days the altimeter will say 25 feet, some days 175 feet, but the cumulative numbers from rides always seem to be pretty accurate. There is a 40 mile loop I have done multiple times and it has always been in the 2,100 - 2,200 feet gained range. That is close enough for me. And I love having the percent grades as I am climbing them.

Geez - How accurate do you expect 'em to beB2
Jun 5, 2002 7:39 PM
Altimeters are based on barometric pressure. Although a bit unusual, I've seen swings as big as 500' overnight due to the pressure change associated with a new weather system approaching. I think they are very useful tools, but never expect accuracy much better than +/- 200'. You DO need to reset/claibrate whenever you are at a known altitude due to barometric pressue changes associated with changing weather.

I use them quite extensively hiking, climbing, backcountry skiing, paragliding and cycling (mtn & road). The cummulative elevation gain/loss is usually quite accurate (I'd guess +/- 10%). If they ARE so inaccurate, tell me why the net gain on a 25 mile ride that I do is always within 80' out of 1400' total.

So, the bottom line is...mwood
Jun 5, 2002 8:17 PM
not 100% accurate, needs some attention (calibration), but a useful tool which gives a clear idea of total elevation gain/loss?
I can live with that, I guess I do want one...
Jun 6, 2002 6:17 AM
I use the Cateye AT-100 at times. It's nice to have when you are on a long, winding climb, when you know the summit elevation and what a guage for how far it is to go. It does seem more useful over large elevation changes than over small rolling hills. The cumulative gain it shows always appears to be on the high side.
New De Rosa Merak frame for the gruppo. nmonespeed
Jun 5, 2002 1:49 PM
A set of Lews. nmNo_sprint
Jun 5, 2002 1:50 PM
eddy merckx's legs :-)Spirito
Jun 5, 2002 2:07 PM
no other purhase would make it faster or perhaps better to look at.

re: A Custom Kelly CX Framejrm
Jun 5, 2002 2:16 PM
metallic Brown, with perfectly fitting geometry...ahhh i can dream ..right?
For my current bike....hmmmm...PaulCL
Jun 5, 2002 2:26 PM
One thing is so narrowing...

1. a mechanic to check it over daily

..oh, do you mean realistic things??


1. Matching water bottle cages. My friends bug me about that one. One is black on the black paint of the bike. One is 'ti' colored on the, of course, blue part of the bike. I'm just too lazy or too cheap to buy'em. If you match too well (think: complete pro kit), something is very wrong.
Another bike for it to play with...nmthatsmybush
Jun 5, 2002 2:29 PM
A new saddle... SOON! (nm)Stampertje
Jun 5, 2002 2:39 PM
Oh I am needyCrankist
Jun 5, 2002 3:44 PM
But crap! -I've already bought it ALL. Next time please consider the feelings of those who can no longer ache for the good stuff. Last buy: Cinelli Solido stem @ Supergo;
a real beaut for $69+ship. And still on sale. Get yours today!
A clone.......nmGreenFan
Jun 5, 2002 4:07 PM
re: If you could buy one thing for your bike, You would buy....flying
Jun 5, 2002 5:29 PM
Zipp 303's or is that two items? ;-)
I would buy a carAllisonHayes
Jun 5, 2002 5:41 PM
that I could put my bike into.
re: If you could buy one thing for your bike, You would buy....Juanmoretime
Jun 5, 2002 5:54 PM
Pamela Lee Anderson
Then you could use some VD medication nmelviento
Jun 5, 2002 7:12 PM
re: If you could buy one thing for your bike, You would buy....PMC
Jun 5, 2002 6:01 PM
A rear Shimano STI that doesn't rattle!
A Ticket to Europe....jromack
Jun 5, 2002 6:46 PM
Of course my bike is only a one year old, so I would have to accompany it.

I would also buy a ticket for my wife's bike..
A female bike to have fun with...;o) nmspyderman
Jun 5, 2002 8:39 PM
re: If you could buy one thing for your bike, You would buy....Bikez
Jun 5, 2002 8:42 PM
I'm dreamin' but I would get: One of those Euro team cars to follow me on all my rides, w/ the roof rack full of spare wheels, and an extra bike! Inside a mechanic, a medic, spare waterbottles/food, change of clothes etc... That's luxury, and on those windy days it could shield me from a headwind! :^)
A set of Velomax Circuit Comps (nm)fracisco
Jun 5, 2002 8:44 PM
absolutely nothingDougSloan
Jun 6, 2002 5:44 AM
I actually can't think of anything else to buy. My garage looks like a freaking bike shop. I went out of control somewhere, but I can't recall exactly where...

lifetime supply of Pete's Wicked Ale (read: "fuel") nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 6, 2002 6:24 AM
Cosmic Carbone's...Just for play.(NM)James
Jun 6, 2002 8:57 PM
Jun 7, 2002 8:57 AM
my final purchase would have to be a Velodrome, since buying a road would be waaaaaayyyyyyy to expensive, plus ridign the same road would be boring.
Another bike! ;) Ya never get enough.Ken of Fresno
Jun 9, 2002 10:28 PM
Ok, if that's kind of a cheesey answer I'd have to say a set of Chris King hubs. Gotta love the buzzzzzzz.