This year will be the year of accessories. The needs have been met; I’ve got a great bike with great components. Now is the time to spend a little money on accessories and things that I want. This list is in no particular order.
1. Ergon GP1 BioKork Grips – First of all, these just look cool. I love the cork. According to the Ergon website, the cork is taken from sustainable forests in Portugal. The rest of the grip follows the same eco-friendly idea: gel in the palm section uses vegetable oil instead of mineral oil and the clamp “can also be 100% recycled.”
I rode Adelle’s bike around a bit last year and loved her ergonomic grips. These have gotten some good reviews on REI.com and are still an affordable $39.95 when purchased directly from Ergon-bike.com.
2. A bike bell. Any bike bell will do, but this Mirrycle Brass Duet one from REI.com seems popular. Sure it may sound bizarre, but on some of our trails a means of letting others know you’re coming can be handy! For instance, since adding the Holy Bucket trail, riders now often ride the last portion of Holy Cross in both directions and there are places where you cannot see what’s coming. Speed is the name of the game in this section and I often find myself yelling, “rider coming!” I’d rather have a bell.
This one retails for a mere $12 on REI.com.
3. This is one I’ve actually already acquired: my new Orange Mud Hydraquiver. I reviewed it for Tripleblaze.com, but then realized how great it will be for short afterwork bike rides too! I can carry a water bottle and shove a spare tube or patch kit and tire tool in the zippered pouch. There’s also room to stash a gel in a small pocket in the shoulder strap.
The Hydraquiver retails for $84.95.
4. These awesome Pearl Izumi Women’s Impact Capri bike shorts/baggies are described as a “loose-fit” capri. Aside from my great Sombrio bike shorts, all I own are spandex bike shorts over which I usually wear baggy hiking shorts. I’m the least-well-dressed biker I know. I think these great capris would be perfect for spring and fall riding and would look great too! They have stretch fabric, 2 zippered pockets and a detachable liner with W’s MTB 3D chamois.
They retail for right at $100.
5. Of course, if I’m going to get new bike shorts, I should get a nice jersey to go with them! This Pearl Izumi Women’s Impact SL Jersey in scuba blue is perfect. I love to go sleeveless in the summertime and the zippered front allows for extra venting. A nice added feature is the sunglasses wipe sewn right in to the jersey!
This jersey retails for $50 on the Pear Izumi website.
6. G-Form Knee and Elbow Pads – There are some trails (Moore Fun, Holy Cross, Free Lunch) that I’d feel more comfortable riding if I had some knee and elbow pads. I can ride the trails now, but I end up walking features. I think if I had some extra crash protection I might be a little more willing to go for it on some super technical sections.
I like the G-Form brand because the pads are designed to flex with you – they aren’t rigid like some pads. According to the G-Form site, “The unique way the pad is shaped and molded, plus its attachment to the compression fabric, keeps the pad close to the surface of the body, and this enhances the protection, especially compared to hard shell pads that can move out of place.” They can also be washed repeatedly, which is just a nice plus.
A pair of knee pads or elbow pads retails for $59. Check out a review of the men’s knee pads in our Gear section, here
7. The Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bundle – Ok, this isn’t really necessary since you can get the Garmin Fit app for .99 and then just sync it to the heart monitor and speed/cadence sensor, but wow does it look cool! You get the computer, the heart monitor, the speed/cadence sensor, and all the chargers/adapters for $400.
You can upload ride data, measure you ride, elevation, calories burned, speed, heart rate, how many times your mom called while you were out…(ok, maybe not that one). It seems like this does everything and tells you probably more than you’d ever want to know about your bike ride.
I know I’m not the only one planning what gear to buy/covet this year. What’s on your list?