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So what has been your best bike related buy this year?

It could be a bike, tool, clothing, etc.

It might have been expensive or a bargain. Let us know.

Despite buying a new MTB this year plus various bits of kit including tools, pumps, clothes, etc I think one of my fav buys has to come down to a couple of pairs of gloves due to the bargain nature of the purchases!

For the MTB some long finger Kona ones in the Evans sale for a £5.

Then a pair of basic Spesh road mitts from that were about a tenner iirc (my wife bought them for me) - just SO comfy they have to be my overall winner too.

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pjay [248 posts] 4 years ago
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Pair of white Sidi Ergo 2 for £125 because they were such a bargain. Won't be wearing them until the Spring though!

And a Gore Phantom jacket for £65 which I've worn almost every day this Winter on my commute.

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andybnk [97 posts] 4 years ago
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My Ribble Gran Fondo, great bike at one hell of a good price!! That or sealskinz waterproof socks, invaluable the past wee while!!

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_SiD_ [162 posts] 4 years ago
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Pair of Lake cx236 shoes.

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notfastenough [3673 posts] 4 years ago
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My bike, since I've only back on a bike this year so that is kind of key!

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PeteH [151 posts] 4 years ago
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Ironically I haven't really bought much kit this year, but have bought a whopping 3 bikes. So very much the opposite of a "normal" year.

First bike was bought to replace a 10yo mtb that I kept up in London for my commute. Charge Plug single-speed for £200. Brilliant bike, great fun to ride, superb value for money. Even got me started riding a fixed wheel (though I've swapped back to freewheel now because I feel a lot more confident with what I'm used to on winter roads).

Second bike (Giant TCR Advanced) was bought to replace a bike that got nicked (Trek 2.3). Many happy memories of the Trek because it was what got me back into road cycling, did my first sportives on it etc. Gutted to see it go. Got nicked at the end of summer so have only really ridden the Giant 500km or so yet, but on paper it is far superior to the Trek and I noticed a 10% speed increase straight away on my regular circuit. Looking forward to next year on it...

Last bike I got just a couple of days ago, I'm going to take it out today for the first (proper) ride so am quite excited. Dawes Century SE (nice steel-framed audax bike), bought so I can keep the Giant in hibernation over winter. Managed to get one of the last 2011 models at 60% RRP, so this should rate as the best value.

This last one is all thanks to HMRC as a few weeks ago I found out that I'd overpaid my income tax by quite a lot... (The bike is my payback for all the nasty threatening letters they've sent me during the course of the year!)

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Simon_MacMichael [2448 posts] 4 years ago
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Self-purchase has to be Davide Cassini's Almanacco del Ciclismo (cycling's equivalent of Wisden, available in Italian only), which I picked up in Milan when I was over for the Giro. Particularly useful for background detail for obscure riders in breaks when it comes to writing race reports  3http://www.almanaccodelciclismo.it/

Best bit of new kit this year though is the Rapha seat pack tool roll the missus got me for my birthday last month, looks the business on my bike (which has black/silver colour scheme with white decals), I never liked the my old seat pack looked on it.

http://www.rapha.cc/seat-pack

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italiafirenze [70 posts] 4 years ago
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Either my Anodized 2005 Cervelo Soloist or the Quarq Cinqo. Very pleased with both. Or the Rapha Brevet jersey, that's also very nice.

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hagi [20 posts] 4 years ago
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Got a Wilier Izoard to help me scale the alps in the Etape du tour. Love it!

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one_bad_mofo [30 posts] 4 years ago
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For me it's a bike. At the beginning of the year my GP advised me to cycle more as it would be a good means of stress relief (I had all sorts of minor but irritating health issues that were stress related). I decided to visit the London Cycle Show at the Excel to see what was available and came across the Decathlon stand.
Long story short I purchased a B'Twin Sport 3 road bike (aluminium frame with carbon fork and seat stays and a 10-speed Campagnolo Xenon groupset for £100 off retail.
This new bike was my first road bike in 10 years and now I find myself riding on the road far more than either of my custom built MTBs.
Oh and my health is very good, I've even given up the cigarettes now!  4

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Bigringrider [207 posts] 4 years ago
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I purchased my dream bike this year - a Wilier Cento Uno with Super Record and Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels (red spokes). Roll on Spring!  4

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PeteH [151 posts] 4 years ago
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good for you mofo, well done on the fag front. I got back into the saddle for health reasons too agout 3 years ago, its worked wonders and I'm trimmer now that I was when I was a teenager.

[He says, currently munching on Pringles and geeing the family up ready to go out for a Christmas Eve curry!! But I was out today...]

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Spankey [32 posts] 4 years ago
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Sky team gilet for £16, loverly bit of kit.

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trikeman [309 posts] 4 years ago
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Mine was a set of BBB over-shoes. Snug as a bug in these puppies and can be seen for miles in them.
Regards,

Trikeman.  3

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The _Kaner [738 posts] 4 years ago
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I do believe...well actually the wife does...that I have bought way too much 'essential' kit this year...so can't really say what was my best buy...but I did buy a Kona Jake as a winter bike at the start of the year...but as I had a broken hand at the time didn't get much use out of it...that is about to change...cos I need to get out...probably go for an hour tomorrow and work up an appetite...gobble gobble gobble. Merry Xmas!

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Squiggle [403 posts] 4 years ago
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Best buy... Entry fee for a couple of races which I promptly doubled in winnings  4

Worst buy... L&M Seca 1400 light which wont seem to switch on after todays rainy ride even with a full charge  14

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 4 years ago
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Best buy is a tie between a set of Avid BB7 road discs bought a few weeks ago for my Cotic Roatrat - which are just superb compared to the v-brakes and Tektro Lyra discs that were on there before and some Rapha 3/4 shorts bought right at the start of the year in the Rapha sale which have been fantastic I've worn them A LOT and they still look like new after a wash and iron.

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AWPeleton [3277 posts] 4 years ago
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After 2 knee ops i spent some hard earned cash on getting my bike set up properly. I can defo recommend it as my own set up was way out on what the professional did.  1

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Zee [86 posts] 4 years ago
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Very good idea for a thread! Most noteworthy buy this year has got to be the fibre flare light. Finally caught on to it last New Year's and it's been brilliant clipped onto bags, the seat stays and the back of jerseys. Worth a google if you don't know what I'm waffling on about.

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paulfg42 [386 posts] 4 years ago
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Magicshine MJ-872 1600 Lumen Rechargeable LED Front Bike Light

Fantastically bright. Can now see clearly on the dark country roads that form part of my commute!

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 4 years ago
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Great feedback guys. Thanks.

I should also add my road.cc logo'd username stickers for my raod bike for a bit of uber cool.

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lazyusername [101 posts] 4 years ago
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By a country mile it's the Northwave winter boots I got in Nov, nice warm feet and much less pre ride pratting about

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seabass89 [212 posts] 4 years ago
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Diadora Protail 2.0 MTB Shoes..

got them for 115€(!)instead of 332€ Standard prize

They are on sale on chainreactioncycles if anyone is interested!  105

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lbuch [20 posts] 4 years ago
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Rapha Softshell Jacket - although expensive it has been brilliant - just one long sleave merino base layer underneeth - it has been used for all my riding since begining of November in all temps from freezing upwards. Although not listed as waterproof it has not let water through when it has rained.  4

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mr-andrew [300 posts] 4 years ago
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2 standout buys. A pair of Lake CX236 shoes - carbon soled beauties - and what a joy they are. The real winners were a pair of great big Surly Karate Monkey 29ers for the wife and myself. We built them up over the course of about 6 weeks, choosing every single part down to the bolts. Although they weigh the same as a small car, they're the most grin inducing bikes I've owned in a long time.

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No-Chain [14 posts] 4 years ago
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My best buy not only for this year but for all time is a Bontrager RL soft shell jacket. It does everything any other piece of upper clothing has ever done. Keeps me dry, warm and comfortable up to about 16 degrees C.
Awesome and under £80 if you can find one now.

After that - Sealskin gloves and socks - The latter have made my overboots redundant!!

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stuke [335 posts] 4 years ago
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Rapha collar is one of my best this year, better than any buff i've used. Also dhb winter tights, cracking value for the fit and performance. Oh yea, my genesis flyer, steel framed loveliness  3

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joemmo [1164 posts] 4 years ago
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toss up between:

nice little bike picked up at car boot sale for my daughter that is unisex enough to pass down to son. i.e. it's not pink.

Endura bib shorts - first pair of bibs owned and really comfy

Nice 2nd hand Kinesis Crosslight Pro frame haggled down to bargain price, now built into multi-purpose winter / commuter / cross racer.

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phax71 [287 posts] 4 years ago
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Mine would have to be a toss up between the Torm Short Sleeved Jersey....

http://www.torm.cc/t2.html

Although I own a few lovely Rapha pieces I dont have a jersey, I know these have had comparative reviews though, a very very nice piece of kit, I'm about to dive in a long sleeved one

... and the ASSOS Bibs I picked up on Ebay, these suckas are the most comfortable shorts I have ever worn, I've generally always had Giordana shorts, knicks and longs in the past as they are absolutely great... have to say though, I doubt you can beat a pair of ASSOS.

Finally, I'd throw in my Rapha Touring Shorts, these are just LOVELY and help to make you look a little more human in certain cafes, etc

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Mostyn [396 posts] 4 years ago
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Bought two new bikes in 2011.

A CUBE AGREE GTC PRO - I Absolutely love riding it!

Also A RIDLEY X RIDE With Ultegra Levers and Rear Mech, equiped with V-Brakes! A very smooth ride even on road with Knobbly tyres! But I'm going to change them to a set of Michelin Lithion 700x23 tyres as I mostly ride on the road and some trail riding but not really off road!

Both bikes were bought at discounted prices for New Bikes.

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raboldi135 [5 posts] 4 years ago
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only started to get into cycling this year, so i saved up my pennies to buy my b'twin triban 3. and i just can't wait for it to be summer again as i've got a lot planned.

another bargain was some pretty retro cycling jerseys off ebay, that is all folks.

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