I have read with interest the’ things I loved’ rosters of all my fellow members, but I have a confession. I don’t own different bikes for all sorts of terrain. I have no gravel bike , no hardtail nor mountain bike. We don’t even have real ridges now. I too don’t own different firebrands of draping, variou helmets or shoes. I am not tech-savvy at all and rely altogether on your best friend and personal machinist Chris for basically everything. I did, however, ride 10,000 kilometres this year which wants I waste about 400 hours in the saddle.
This list is therefore about the things that prepared those 400 hours so pleasant, the things that got me through the jobless first COVID-1 9 lockdown and remained me mentally fit throughout what has been a challenging year for us all.
Trek Domane SL7 SRAM Force eTap AXS
I own two bikes. My old Trek Domane 4-series sits permanently on the Wahoo Kickr in the attic. The other one is a Trek Domane SL7 I bought this year.
I didn’t actually need a new bicycle because my old-time Domane SL6 was only three years old, but once SRAM had given me one of its Trek Domane SL7 bikes to trial the Force eTap AXS groupset I knew after a few journeys I was spoilt beyond belief and could never is going in manual switch. The SRAM Force eTap AXS is fast, smooth and over the past 9,000 km it has misshifted just once. Mechanical shifting, which I still have to do on the trainer bike, seems like a huge fus now.
Originally, SRAM loaned that Trek to me for a month but when all assessment occurrences were cancelled due to COVID-1 9, I got to go it for most of the year until I convinced myself and my bank account that I perfectly and immediately needed to buy this bicycle for myself.
The Domane is the perfect fit for me and ever has been. This is my fourth Domane, and the best so far. It’s comfortable to ride and solid enough for my 100 kilos. I must face it; I am 41 and starting to fall apart. Comfort is so much more important now than hasten, aerodynamics or value. Yes, the Domane is heavy but so am I. I adoration the seek of it, with broad-spectrum tubes creating a sturdy look that equals my own make. In short, this bike doesn’t stir me gaze fatty. If it weren’t for my husband, the motorcycle would be hanging on my front room wall to look at every day.
Price: US $6,000/ AU $8,500/ PS5, 650/ EUR6, 400 More information: www.trekbikes.com
Wahoo Elemnt computer
I have many abilities but spatial awareness is certainly not one of them. I don’t know how I ever been able to find my path back home before owning a GPS bike computer. Since I bought this Wahoo ELEMNT a few years ago, I have travelled all around Europe. Strava aids me construct routes and I get to explore the prettiest of places. It has literally opened up the world to me. The ELEMNT is big, bulky and doesn’t have a colour display, but it always labor and is easy to program via the iPhone.
This first ELEMNT is no longer in creation, but as long as it wields I participate no need to upgrade. When it ultimately is falling apart, I will most definitely stick to Wahoo for my piloting needs.
Price: finished More information: www.wahoofitness.com
When I got my brand-new motorcycle in September, I had a completely new bike fit done arising in a longer stem( goodbye lower back aches !) different tables( goodbye shoulder aches !) and a brand-new saddle. Your body and opennes modifications when you get older. That’s why I think you need to do a bike fit formerly every few years, even if they are the framework of your motorcycle doesn’t change. Because you passed over time.
The modifies the bicycle fitter procreated were very subtle but made a huge difference. As an amateur, I had never thought that it would make a difference if my saddle exited up half a centimetre but it did. I render more ability on the pedals now all of my vigor actually goes into the pedals.
Had I merely known a number of years ago I needed one size bigger of my Bontrager Ajna Elite saddle, it would have saved me a lot of abscess and tendernes. I still have the age-old one on my indoor bicycle and the additional 12 mm in thicknes of the new one are so vital for the well-being of my stinker and private parts. Unfortunately, I detected when writing this piece that Ajnas are not produced anymore. The agony of discover a new saddle again awaits…
You can get good bicycle fits everywhere. Exactly ask your cycling friends for a referral.
Zipp 303 NSW Carbon Clincher Disc Brake motors
I am fortunate enough to have my good friend Chris who knows everything about bikes. He advised me these Zipp 303 NSW carbon tubeless disc pedals and told me at length how they are tested in wind tunnels and work in crosswinds and be enhanced watts with state-of-the-art innovations and dimples etc etc etc bla bla bla. I was already in love with how they seemed, and zoned out at the tech talk. Wheels really become the bike for me.
Until there was a storm in the Netherlands and I decided to properly test them. I was flabbergasted to be honest. The science is true. They actually do amazingly well in the crosswinds. I scarcely have to correct when a gust of gust smashes me and theoretically, I could surmount riding in the hurricanes with one mitt off the bars. Don’t worry- I would never ever do that- but theoretically I could. Also, I croaked from 25 to 28 to 32 tires and they actually look slim on these rims.
So yes, they are expensive wheels but they are worth every euro. I have never felt so comfortable in the crosswinds on the river dikes as with these rotates. Steady as a cliff. But faster.
Price: discontinued More information: www.zipp.com
The Illuminati code moods one should not add a bell to the bike but HideMyBell designed a bell that you don’t investigate but do hear is a good one. Everyone should have one and stop yelling HEY! HELLO! YO!
In the Netherlands bike footpaths are more horded than ever. There are e-bikes which are used by seniors but by high school students as well. That last group frequently jaunts in multitudes and are notoriously deaf when razzing to school. They are also very unpredictable in their behavior and veer all over the road. Then there are fast hastened pedelecs along the road and race bikes that are now more popular than ever due to the pandemic and closed gyms.
HideMyBell integrates the buzzer into your bike computer prepare. It devised by a Dutch company and has mounts now for every brand of bike computer and all sorts of handlebars including aerodynamic and sprinting tables. The bell is obscured underneath the motorcycle computer and hands a good, loud hoop. It’s small but very efficient. It gives me that feeling of safety that others on the road know I am there, and I will never leave home without it.
Price: US $35/ AU $40/ PS31/ EUR4 0 More information: www.closethegap.cc
Fizik Infinito R1 shoes
A few years ago, I stumble upon a pair of Fizik shoes on sale in my local bicycle patronize. I have large-scale hoofs so I always wore Shimano. Never would I have thought that Italian brand shoes would fit me, but they did and they searched very elegant. When I needed an improvement, I looked at the R1 Infinito by Fizik but at EUR3 50 a pair I was reluctant. Would that actually be worth the money for an amateur like me?
Yes, they are gorgeous and as luxurious as motorcycle shoes can get but did I certainly need carbon soles? The cognitive dissonance vibe was pretty strong in this purchase. When I interpret a pair with a good deduction, I bought them and haven’t regretted it since. They are comfy and really solid. Having a carbon sole truly does make a difference and gives me extra confidence when doing sprint interludes.
Price: US $400/ AU $600/ PS350/ EUR3 50 More information: www.fizik.com
Quarq capability rhythm
A power meter? Do I need illusion contraptions like that? I got to try one on that loaner bike by SRAM and was fixed from the beginning. I enjoy counts! In cycling everything is about capability numbers now and as a writer/ reporter it’s immense to have some insight in what power does.
I learned for example that with a ordinary Dutch headwind on an disclosed and flat flow dike I do the same 200+ watts as on a 5-7% mound in France. I challenge myself now in uphill sprints( speak’ viaducts ‘) and look what kind of values I go to are comparable to the pros. It’s fun and educates me a good deal. My 450 watts last-place for about 30 seconds. Wout van Aert does that for 20 minutes uphill. In the Tour de France. At daylight 20. It compiles me incredibly humble.
Price: US $599/ AU $677/ EUR5 99 More information: www.quarq.com
I like my motorcycle to have that clean-living search and don’t want any extra fuss on it. That’s why I exactly don’t like mudguards on my bike at all. The AssSaver is a super simple piece of plastic you put underneath your saddle to keep most of the water out and off your ass and back. You take it off in seconds when the roads are dry. For a completely non-technical person like me, it’s the best and cheapest action to well, erm, save my ass.
Price: US $10/ AU $14/ PS10/ EUR9. 50 More information: www.ass-savers.com
Apple podcast app
I found that this year I was listening fewer and less to music and more and more to podcasts. It’s the best way to learn new material for me and this year I learned so, so much better. I can specify more American senators, states and state voting regulations than I should. Brexit, the European union countries and its politics are also among a regular staple this year.
I given to understand that Louis the 14 th’s dad wasn’t extremely keen on sleeping with his wife and elevated soldiers instead. And that his mother grew Louis’ brother as a girl to minimise the risk of a takeover by his little brother. Yes, really.
I learned about Napoleon and his brides and about a plethora of subjects through the excellent BBC World programmes. The documentary about the Grenfell Tower disaster and the streak on the India-Pakistan partition were ones that particularly stood out.
There was nutrient from all regions of the world, some comedy and our own Freewheeling, From the Top and Weekly podcasts. There was true crime like Cutthroat Inc and numerous Dutch genuine crime podcasts. I was always looking forward to another long journey because I could catch up with the next episode of my favourite podcasts. I like to think those 400 hours of travelling this year have made a bit smarter.
Price: free More information: apps.apple.com
Last but not least. Actually, it was necessary to the first one on my roll.
Health is not something you can buy but it’s the one thing that is absolutely vital to be able to use all the above-mentioned products and services. I know firsthand how prized your health is. In 2008 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, aged 29. Although I still suffer some of the long-term effects like heavines income and mental health editions due to hormonal imbalances, I am grateful to be health and alive.
In this year where health was on everyone’s mind a lot, I cherish every day I have the vitality and fortitude to travel my bicycle. Sometimes it’s simply 40 kilometres and some periods it’s much, much more. Health has no retail price but it’s by far the most valuable thing in this top ten.
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