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Favourite kit from 2020

Post by benp1 » Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:37 am

I don't think we did a thread on this...? What's your favourite bit of kit from last year? Newly purchased preferably but anything goes!

I didn't get much kit compared with previous years - mostly there on kit and also didn't do many trips

Favourite bit of kit is a Zebralight H600w, gets used multiple times a day and lives in my pocket. Don't actually use it on the bike but has been used on trips

Honourable mention to my carbon Jones loops, just enjoying having them on the bike

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by ton » Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:46 am

synmat ul7 lw. comfiest mat i have ever used.

schwalbe marathon supreme dd 700c 40c tyres. just well supreme.

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by whitestone » Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:48 am

I think the only bit of kit I bought was the Cumulus underquilt so that.

Also confirmed as the best bit of kit by the cat :-bd

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That's close to £400 of down loveliness he's wrapped himself up in! :lol:
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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by ssnowman » Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:51 am

1) Foam grips for my Jones loop bars. I didn't realise what a difference they made until I rode another bike with normal lock on grips.

2) 2.8" G-One all round tyres on my Broken Road. Smooth and fast.
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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by Lazarus » Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:59 am

Medical grade face mask
What a year that was!
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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by Cheeky Monkey » Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:05 pm

Early days and still tweaking it but the Titus Goldrush is probably going to have to be my fav', possibly because it's the most expensive thing I've bought :???: Two rides in though and it fits better than the Camino (TBF, the Camino was the wrong size so it was me, not it). And it's Ti :grin:

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by ScotRoutes » Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:05 pm

Like many I've not been on any extended trips so not had the time to experience newcstuff much.

A cheap SingleSpeed kit turned my old 26" hardtail into a new toy. Having never singlespeeded its been fun.

A secondhand Thomson Titanium 9 degree handlebar on my Pact has confirmed to me that Loop bars aren't my thing (despite having used them for 8 years on a fatbike and 2 on the Pact previously).

Away from cycling, I've acquired a pile of stuff for open water swimming, something I'd never even considered this time last year. The neoprene vest is probably the best vfm out of it all.

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by psling » Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:06 pm

whitestone wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:48 am
I think the only bit of kit I bought was the Cumulus underquilt so that.

Also confirmed as the best bit of kit by the cat :-bd

That's close to £400 of down loveliness he's wrapped himself up in! :lol:
And I just love the way cats claw at things to plump them up and make them comfortable to lie on .... :shock: :wink:
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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by faustus » Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:15 pm

Has to be the V3 camino frame and fork. It's done about 560 miles since building it up and it's been brilliant, really nice ride and very good off road. It's become my go-to bike.

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by Cheeky Monkey » Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:20 pm

Try being allergick :roll: The sight of a cat in myh sleeping gear would lead to some cussin' and then a swiftly ejected moggy :lol:

Sadly I've not got out and christened the Gatewood Cape and BB poles nor the pre-Brexit impulse purchase of a Cumulus 250.

I'm sitting here, gazing out at the settling snow and vaguely wondering about "breaking curfew" and sneaking out for a snowy bivi (might need the Trailstar and a couple of bags). Bloody Covid :|

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by pistonbroke » Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:23 pm

Does a cookbook I bought from Aliexpress count?
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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by whitestone » Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:24 pm

psling wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:06 pm
whitestone wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:48 am
I think the only bit of kit I bought was the Cumulus underquilt so that.

Also confirmed as the best bit of kit by the cat :-bd

That's close to £400 of down loveliness he's wrapped himself up in! :lol:
And I just love the way cats claw at things to plump them up and make them comfortable to lie on .... :shock: :wink:
He's not too bad with that on the down stuff, maybe a few seconds, then turn round a couple of times to get oriented and then it's sleep.
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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by psling » Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:32 pm

whitestone wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:24 pm
psling wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:06 pm
whitestone wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:48 am
I think the only bit of kit I bought was the Cumulus underquilt so that.

Also confirmed as the best bit of kit by the cat :-bd

That's close to £400 of down loveliness he's wrapped himself up in! :lol:
And I just love the way cats claw at things to plump them up and make them comfortable to lie on .... :shock: :wink:
He's not too bad with that on the down stuff, maybe a few seconds, then turn round a couple of times to get oriented and then it's sleep.
:-bd It's usually the boxes stuff arrives in that they can't keep out of :lol:
We go out into the hills to lose ourselves, not to get lost. You are only lost if you need to be somewhere else and if you really need to be somewhere else then you're probably in the wrong place to begin with.

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by Laurensdad » Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:50 pm

Probably my Wizard Works Shazam. The ease of access when used as a handlebar bag for days out or on the commute is ace. Will report back when I've done an overnighter with it.

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by The Cumbrian » Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:57 pm

Jones Loop Riser Bars. Installing them has meant that I'm able to get out cycling for hours and days at a time without my hands going numb, so I'm really enjoying cycling again after many years away.

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by benp1 » Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:19 pm

Laurensdad wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:50 pm
Wizard Works Shazam
What a glorious name!

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by woodsmith » Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:22 pm

Bought a Thermarest NeoAir X-Therm to replace an Xlite that got multiple punctures. Really pleased with the increased level of comfort and warmth.
Carbon poles for the Trekkertent from Stu's Emporium
Maxxis Chronicles. Seem to roll and grip just as well as the WTB Rangers they replaced with vastly improved durability.

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by htrider » Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:42 pm

Hmm. I've spent all the money I would normally spend on diesel and petrol for commuting on kit I reckon. I think I'll go with the cross check frame which I built up as a fixed gear. Nice thing to ride, huge amounts of fun and although I built it as a commuter hack (ho ho), Jameso's thread on SS touring has got me thinking about doing a road and gravel wander later this year.

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by PaulB2 » Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:47 pm

I got very little new kit last year and what I got I didn't end up using a whole heap so I'd have to go for the acepac top tube bag which just gets moved from bike to bike

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by BigdummySteve » Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:55 pm

SRAM AXS Eagle 12 speed

Although I was forced down this path due to running dropbars it’s stunning good.

It’s utterly reliable even covered with mud or submerged under water,
Cost aside,absolutely superb
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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by gairym » Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:16 pm

ton wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:46 am
synmat ul7 lw. comfiest mat i have ever used.
That's good to know! I bought one a while back but with everything that's gone on I've yet to use it in anger. :-bd

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by voodoo_simon » Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:35 pm

Kit bought and used
-Osprey bum bag has been great, all my bits in one place
-exposure toro turns the night into day or some other cliche bollcoks to describe a bright light :roll:


Kit bought and not used
-MSR filter
-Exped synmat
-Naturehike singleskin tent thingy
-B2 crampons
-ice axe

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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by sean_iow » Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:55 pm

Black Diamond ION headlamp.

It's only 100 lumen and takes 2 AAA batteries. I bought it for less than a tenner in a sale as it's now been replaced in the range by a new version.

Turns out it's bright enough for running off road, has a variable brightness, it can be locked to stop it coming on in a bag. It's also got a red led which can be dimmed. Both led's have a flashing mode.

As well as using the red to preserve night vision it can be used as an energy rear light, either by putting it on your head backwards or strapping on a seat post or seatpack.

It's tiny and weighs hardly anything, if I'd have known they were stopping making them I'd have bought several.
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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by psling » Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:07 pm

sean_iow wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:55 pm
Black Diamond ION headlamp.

It's only 100 lumen and takes 2 AAA batteries. I bought it for less than a tenner in a sale as it's now been replaced in the range by a new version.

Turns out it's bright enough for running off road, has a variable brightness, it can be locked to stop it coming on in a bag. It's also got a red led which can be dimmed. Both led's have a flashing mode.

As well as using the red to preserve night vision it can be used as an energy rear light, either by putting it on your head backwards or strapping on a seat post or seatpack.

It's tiny and weighs hardly anything, if I'd have known they were stopping making them I'd have bought several.
I have had one of these for a while and it is indeed a great bit of kit :-bd Still a few out there; these guys still have some https://www.openair.co.uk/camping-c11/b ... lamp-p6360 but I've never dealt with them myself.
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Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Post by slarge » Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:52 pm

A Falcon San Remo road bike from 1963 - quite tatty but has given me the opportunity to do a quality respray and new decals etc (now looks like a new frame). Also been collecting period Campag bits and will be rebuilding the wheels on my new wheel building jig. It's been the main background task this year - looking forward to a couple of decent road rides in the summer on it.

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