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caleb
03-15-2009, 11:55 PM
Here's a thread to post the gear that makes spring training better.

I've tried a number of new pieces this year, and some of them have worked very well.

1) 700x24 Vittoria EVO CG clincher tires. Running 105/110psi they're butter, and I haven't had a flat yet. Best winter tires I've ever used.

https://images.competitivecyclist.com/images/products/vittoria/2009/1813_m.jpg

2) Shimano winter shoes. They'd be better with a ratchet, but combined with a set of smartwool socks they keep me comfortable down into the 20's. They're better than booties because they're warmer and because they're totally waterproof.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31QNJVG2G3L._AA280_.jpg

3) Bjorn Dahle ski hat with a solid front and sides, but a mesh back and top. Perfect for temps between 30 and 45. Think of it as a headband with dignity.

http://www.gearwest.com/images/W/bd-ambition-black.jpg

4) Planet Bike Cascadia fenders. Basic plastic fenders with a built-in mudflap. They're $40, and they work as well as Honjos (and better than SKSs).

http://www.bikesomewhere.com/images/big/7D4ED1E3-F1F0-408F-11511A0486B856A5.jpg

5) Nordic ski gloves. With leather palms they give great grip on the bars, and the construction quality of the better brands (Swix, Toko, Craft, etcetera) makes most cycling gloves look like junk. I'm using a set of Tokos right now, but most ski gloves are good.

http://www.newmoonski.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/toko-Trend_black_graphite_b.gif




What gear has made your spring training better this year?

93legendti
03-16-2009, 12:41 AM
My Ibex Shak Vest.

Ray
03-16-2009, 06:24 AM
Smartphone with weather.com, including up to the minute weather maps. Tells me when its warm and dry enough to ride.

-Ray

Elefantino
03-16-2009, 06:38 AM
http://www.gardensnob.com/pictures/no_ad_sunscreen.jpg .

dekindy
03-16-2009, 06:46 AM
I will second the Vittoria's.

I got winter specific riding boots after I saw that I was the only hard core winter rider that had not gotten any. A pair of leftover from 2004 model Gaerne's were the only ones that I could find in Indianapolis and they just happened to have my size. I replace the stock insole with Toasty Feet and put a windproof cover over the boot it keeps me warm in the temperatures that I want to ride in.

I have bare titanium so I don't think I will ever use fenders.

Foxwear balaclava works for me.
http://foxwear.net/products_small_articles.html

rnhood
03-16-2009, 07:15 AM
I purchased these (7850-24CL) last fall but, they make me lose sleep at night in anticipation of my next ride. Super quality wheels.
http://www.shinybikes.com/images/T/tubeless.jpg

Specialized Deflect vest. Nothing is more welcome on descents in the mountains when the air up high is still cold (even in NC).
http://www.specialized.com/media/equip/6447-129_d.jpg

caleb
03-17-2009, 12:26 PM
Lots of good stuff.

Re the Ibex vest, how is it cut? Is it slim enough for cycling?

Re the DA wheelset, are you running tubeless?

I'll add one more: Delerium in my iPod. Just rediscovered them last week, and I'm digging it as training music.

93legendti
03-17-2009, 12:31 PM
Lots of good stuff.

Re the Ibex vest, how is it cut? Is it slim enough for cycling?

Re the DA wheelset, are you running tubeless?

I'll add one more: Delerium in my iPod. Just rediscovered them last week, and I'm digging it as training music.
For me, it is. The Shak's cut is defined as "semi-fit"

caleb
03-17-2009, 12:34 PM
So... would you describe it more as "race cut" or "club cut"?

93legendti
03-17-2009, 12:38 PM
race-club or club-race.

fixednwinter
03-17-2009, 12:39 PM
They don't last long, but I'll chime in on the Vittoria Open Pave's too: Comfy, grips great in wet corners.

Honjo fenders

57mm reach brakes on a frame that is built for them (easy clearance for cushy tires and fenders for winter/spring riding)

Any cycling clothing with merino wool

Those Gaerne winter boots that were also mentioned - they truly keep me warm

caleb
03-17-2009, 12:48 PM
Sad to hear that the Vittorrias won't last, but it's not a surprise given how thin they are. How many miles have you gotten out of them?

Also, has anyone used the Conti 4 Seasons in 28c? If so, how do they ride? I'm thinking they'll be long wearing, and wide enough for gravel.

rwsaunders
03-17-2009, 01:11 PM
Sad to hear that the Vittorrias won't last, but it's not a surprise given how thin they are. How many miles have you gotten out of them?

Also, has anyone used the Conti 4 Seasons in 28c? If so, how do they ride? I'm thinking they'll be long wearing, and wide enough for gravel.


I run the 4 Season Conti 28's on my Poprad and 23's on my Legend. They're perfect for the rotten Spring roads around here. Not too sure about the gravel part....perhaps something a bit wider with a bit of tread.

They definitely last long and knock on wood...I haven't flatted with a 4 Season or Gatorskin....ever. I actually picked shards of glass out of my tires this past Sunday after noticing something projecting from my tires...sick feeling.

fixednwinter
03-17-2009, 02:58 PM
Sad to hear that the Vittorrias won't last, but it's not a surprise given how thin they are. How many miles have you gotten out of them?

Also, has anyone used the Conti 4 Seasons in 28c? If so, how do they ride? I'm thinking they'll be long wearing, and wide enough for gravel.

Unfortunately, I don't use a bike computer, so I can only give you a rough estimate. Last year, I used a pair during spring and after three months of regular riding they were ready to be switched front-to-back. I then rode them for another couple of months that autumn.

I ride a combination of downtown city streets and traffic-free dirt and gravel roads. Luckily, no flats, but the tread on the Vittoria Open Pave's was definitely thin and had lots of little cuts in the rubber.

The upside - glorious ride. You can run them a few psi lower than a 23mm, due to their added volume. It improves the ride quality and is partially responsible for the great grip in corners.

Like RW, I also use the Conti 4 Seasons 28mm (on a Hampsten frame with clearance for 28mm with fenders) and the Gator Skins in 25mm (on my race bike without fenders).

The 28mm - yes, great on gravel. I dare to run them as low as 80psi (I'm 151 lbs). The 4Seasons are also a lot tougher than the Vittoria Open Pave's. I generally get a full year's worth from them, again switching front-to-back about halfway through. A bit of a challenge when riding in a pack with riders on 23mm, you will notice the weight.

The 25mm - those are about the fattest tires my racing bike can accept. A noticeable comfort increase over 23mm. Unlike the 28mm, you probably won't notice a weight disadvantage when riding with fast pedaling 23mm users.

Like RW, no flats, I'm still using the same 25mm from last year. Again, lasts longer than Vittoria Open Tubular clinchers. Slight downside - a "dead" feel compared to the Vittoria's.