18 Accessories We Like - 2018 Summer Gear Guide

Jun 11, 2018
by Colin Meagher  



Summer is almost here, which means it's time to start planning some big rides and adventures. Riding a bike is as simple as spinning the pedals, but there are a few things out there that make your summer riding a lot better.

Here's a list of some of our go-to items.







Smith Attack Sunglasses
• $259 USD

"Designed for performance at full speed", the Attack includes Smith's new MAG interchangeable technology where the lenses snap in and out of the frame for easy swapping and less chance of breaking than previous pivot designs. The frame-less design should keep sweat from pooling on the lens, too. The ChromaPop lenses also make everything brighter with a unique contrast. - NR





Jameson Florence riding trails in Leavenworth WA

Maxxis Double Down casing tires
• $80-ish USD (depending on the tire)

Developed as a mid-weight tire for enduro racing, this is the casing of choice for people who ride aggressive trails day in and day out but don’t want the weight of a full DH tire. It won’t eliminate flats, of course, but it will certainly lessen the chances of you kicking it trail side either plugging a tire or covering your hands in goop as you toss in a tube. How? It basically has a tire butyl insert and 2 layers of 120TPI casing, giving it a puncture/slash resistance that’s greater than a standard mountain bike tire but not quite as tough (or heavy) as one with a full DH casing.

Depending on the tire, that reinforcement adds about 200 grams to the tire’s carcass, but I’d rather push a heavy tire than deal with the inconvenience of a slashed sidewall miles from nowhere. Double Down casings are found in Maxxis’ Aggressor, Minion DHF, Minion DHR II, Griffin, Shorty (27.5” only), Minion SS, Tomahawk, and High Roller II tires. - CM





Nikki Rohan testing gear for the Spring 2018 Pinkbike Gear Review on Little Moab above Bingen WA.

POC Resistance Enduro Women's Wind Jacket
• $150 USD
• Colors: Carbon Black and Propylene Red
• Weight: 144 grams

The POC Resistance Enduro WO Wind Jacket is a highly functional lightweight windbreaker designed for mountain biking. The jacket provides wind and rain protection with a DWR coating, and it can be unzipped and folded up into the chest pocket for easy stowing. The stretch material around the elbows will accommodate elbow guards, too. At 144 grams, this is my go-to riding jacket for spring and summer. It packs down super small to stuff away for unplanned weather, and it has a simple stylish appeal with design features that cater to mountain biking. - NR

Details of the Resistance Enduro Women's Jacket: easy hood adjustments and a zipper garage at the neck, plus Vectran reinforced fabric at the elbows.





Gear essentials shot in studio and on location.

Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Cream
• $8 USD
• Weight: 8oz

Look, let’s face it… It’s summer now, and if you’re a mountain biker anywhere in the northern hemisphere, your pasty white skin hasn’t seen the sun in months. Use a little common sense and slap on some sunscreen. There are a ton of great sunscreens out there, but Banana Boat’s Sport sunscreen is the only one I’ve used that doesn’t sweat into my eyes. Everything else I’ve tried has made it feel as if hot pokers have been thrust into my eye sockets five minutes into any climb I’ve ever been on. Banana Boat comes in SPF 15, 30, 50, and 100, and comes in a variety of sizes and application methods (lotion, spray, stick). - CM





Gear essentials shot in studio and on location.

Ion GAT Glove
• $42 USD

The Ion GAT is a lightweight glove with a unique knitted upper-hand construction, one-piece palm panel for good feel on the bar, and a bit of extra knuckle padding. If you are looking for something a little different than your standard glove, this knit design offers extra ventilation while being super comfortable. - NR






Topeak Joe Blow Booster
• $159 USD
• Weight: comfortably solid enough to be used as a club

Never take a road trip without a floor pump. And given the prevalence of the tubeless tire revolution, having a floor pump with the capability to inflate a tubeless tire (even one with a stubborn DH casing) is money in the bank of good times. Pinkbike’s Tech editor Richard Cunningham reviewed this pump two years ago, and it’s the same as it ever was: Reliable, easy to use, and has a smart head for both presta and schrader valves.

It’s not digital, but there’s not much more you can ask for. Spendy? Yes. But durable enough to be a good investment. And if it’s broke, you can likely fix it: Topeak has replacement bits available for any part that’s likely to wear out. - CM

Details of the Joe Blow Booster: easy to read pressure gauge and bleed valve for fine tuning your tire pressure.






Oneball Stanchion Lube
• $12 USD for 2oz

Yeah, yeah, the name, I know, but... The last time I visited Fox Racing Shox, I was granted access to their Area 51 where they work on the future products and test suspension for their pro racers. There was a bottle of Oneball’s Stanchion Lube in every single work station. If that’s not a testament to how good this stuff works, I don’t know what is. But I do know that putting it on my own personal fork meant instant buttery smoothness. Stiction I didn’t even know existed vanished, and it lasts a long time. - CM





Jameson Florence riding trails in Leavenworth WA

7mesh Northwoods Wind Shell
• $175 USD for 4oz (112 grams)

The big rides of the summer mean proper planning - nothing sucks worse than being two hours from nowhere and getting caught in bad weather while unprepared. The Northwoods Windshell is silly light, wind-proof, and stuffs easily into a pack. When that weather hits (and in the mountains, it will always hit sometime) having these four ounces of protection stashed in your pack or pocket is priceless. - CM

Details of the Northwoods Wind Shell: nice full zipper with easy to grasp zipper pulls as well as micro fleece on the forehead and chin areas to prevent chafing.





Jameson Florence riding trails in Leavenworth WA

Defiant Packs Enduro Bags
• Guerrilla Gravity coil shock B.B. bag: $55 USD
• Guerrilla Gravity top tube bag: $55 USD

More and more we’re seeing riders stepping away from the hydration pack. First, we had the waist pack revolution. On a separate evolutionary line that marched hand in hand with off-road bike touring came the bike-packing frame bags. Now we're seeing the mutant off-spring of that evolution: small, purpose-built frame bags that replace the old seat bags of the primordial days of rigid mountain bikes.

Defiant Packs has been in the frame bag game for six years, and they have a variety of frame bags that are designed specifically for Niner, Guerrilla Gravity, Yeti, Salsa Cycles, Rocky Mountain, Whyte Cycles, and Trek. Don't see your bike on that list? Custom frame bag options are a phone call away. - CM





Jameson Florence riding trails in Leavenworth WA
Jameson Florence riding trails in Leavenworth WA

Yeti Hopperflip12 Cooler
• $250 USD

Yeti coolers are virtually as mythical as their namesake. They are easily the most expensive coolers you could buy, but they’re worth every penny for the simple reason that they’re both durable and insanely insulating (rumor has it the insulation is made from braided yeti fur, hence the shocking cost). The Hopperflip 12 is a simple zippered cooler that will easily carry lunch for two to three people along with a couple of beers, or a double handful of your favorite post-ride beverages.

Sure, there are cheaper options out there, but you could likely leave this thing in a car parked in the Sahara for a week and still have cold beer inside it. Try that with a $6 bargain buy. -CM






Tire plugs have been around for years as a solution for punctures on everything from tractors to cars to motos to lawn mowers, and the enduro racing crowd discovered tire plugs for mtb tires a few years ago. All a tire pug is, is a sticky strip of material that plugs a hole well enough for the tire sealant to do the rest of the job. The most well-known bike tire plugs are the Genuine Innovations “bacon strip” plugs and the more premium offerings of Dynaplug.

Plugs are a more or less permanent fix, and I've known plugged tires to last for months without a failure, but consider a plugged tire the same way you would a cracked helmet: Due for a replacement ASAP.



Genuine Innovations
• Tubeless Tackle Kit
• $25 USD
• 56 grams

The Tubeless Tackle Kit is an alloy weather-proof storage capsule that contains five “bacon strip” plugs (a sticky strip of mystery compound that melds to the edges of puncture holes when poked into them), two valve cores, an integrated valve core removal tool, and a tire plugger tool. Genuine innovations plugs are easy to use and work well. "Side of Bacon” refill kits (twenty replacement plugs) are available for $8. You can also get their mini plugger tool and five plugs for that same price. - CM



Dynaplug
• Dynaplug Racer: $44 USD
• Dynaplug MegaPill: $75 USD
• Dynaplug Air: $75 USD

Dynaplug has been around since 1991, and their plugs work the same way as Genuine Innovations' (although their plugs look very different) but their delivery systems kill it: they offer different types of plugs and smart, compact tool kits (the racer tool is about the size of a cigarette) that make installation simple and easy. Yes, they are a premium offering, but their well-designed kits can save you a long walk out of the forest. From the simple Racer tool to their MegaPills (I carried this in both the Trans BC and the Trans Provence races) to the Air, they’ve got you covered from every angle. - NR

Some of Dynaplug's more popular offerings: the Racer, the MegaPill, and the Air.






Gregory Endo or Avos 10L
• $120 USD
• Weight: 821 grams

The Avos 10L is the women-specific version of Gregory's new mountain bike-specific pack offerings. The Avos features include a removable tool pouch, bike-specific organization (tools, pump, tube, etc.), waist access pockets, a hardy 3-liter Hydro Reservoir, and a low-profile vented back panel. This pack was easy to adjust to fit my body, and overall I was super impressed with the quality. - NR






Lezyne Digital Pressure Drive
• $75 USD
• 133 grams

Do you really need a digital hand pump? To be honest, not really. But Lezyne’s digital pump gives all the top shelf performance you expect from one of their standard pressure drives, but has the added benefit of providing a precise readout vs. a little needle bouncing back-and-forth. This can be a handy feature if you’re riding a 27.5+ bike or doing a quick fix on a liaison between stages at a race and want an exact tire pressure.

Weighing in at just a hair over four ounces, and small enough to fit easily into a hydration pack or strap to a frame, this pump will inflate to 120pis/8.3 bar. It’s not as fast as a CO2 cartridge, of course, but it’s not slow, either, and it won’t run out of air. - CM





Gear essentials shot in studio and on location.

High Above Lookout Pack
• $100 USD

High Above has been making equipment stash bags for over six years, and their Lookout Pack is reasonably sized, well-designed, and built to last. The pack’s material is waterproof and incredibly robust, and it measures 9“ x 3“ x 5 1/4“. There are three interior pockets and YKK zippers with extra long para cord zipper pulls for easy opening and closing. It also includes one bottle rocket for carrying your water. -CM






Lezyne Port-a Shop
• $140 USD

Summertime road trips rule but having to work on your bike on the road… That’s kind of a pain in the ass. While Lezyne's Port-a-Shop tool kit isn't as inclusive as the Feedback Sports Team Edition reviewed by Mike Kazimer, it covers your necessities at a reasonable price. It includes a T-block, chain drive with four spoke wrenches, multi-block, saber levers with a 15mm box wrench and a bottle opener, classic kit, hey-block, smart kit, and power levers. Everything is nicely labeled and is well-organized with individual sleeves. - NR






Slime Premium Tubeless Tire Sealant
• $11 USD for 8 oz

Back in 1989, Slime hit the market as the first tire sealant for bicycles. At that time, tubeless tires didn’t really exist, so it was mostly just to help keep tubes from flatting. It did that, but as any bike shop employee from that era will testify, it was a nightmare to clean up. Nowadays, with the tubeless revolution charging full steam ahead, it only makes sense for Slime to have revisited their formula. The new slime isn’t the same as the old Slime — it lasts longer and offers more coverage to reduce air loss. It’s also not subject to freezing like some sealants. Nor does it stink. But it’s still a ghastly green color that’s guaranteed to give old-school mechanics flashbacks to their shop grom days. I can’t say it lasts any longer or performs better than Stans or Orange Seal, but it’s competitively priced. - CM






Camelbak Skyline LR 10
• $130 USD
• Weight: 650 grams

The all-day adventures of summer can call for a hydration pack, and there are a number of great bags available out there but Camelback‘s Skyline LR (Low Rider) 10 is a solid option. It has all the usuals: Stash pockets, 3L bladder, ventilated hip straps, separate tool roll, magnetic hose attachment, etc., but it fits better than anything else I’ve tried. The magic is the bladder design and the harness fit. The bladder is both wider and shorter than traditional bladders, which keeps the center of gravity over your hips. The pack’s harness also allows the Skyline to hug the body better than other packs I’ve worn.

It rides against the body so well that other than the weight, after a few minutes of pedaling, you don’t really notice the pack. And no matter how aggressively you’re riding, the Skyline conforms to your back like a second skin. At the same time, the back panel still ventilates well. - CM



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224 Comments

  • + 146
 So about $2100 later I have some essentials. .. that's more than my bike cost me. Wow. Thanks pinkbike. Lol
  • + 52
 right because you clearly need them all
  • - 37
flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 11, 2018 at 2:32) (Below Threshold)
 @betsie - you beat me to it!
  • + 50
 These are just the 2018 summer essentials. Make sure you save up in time to cough up for the 2018 fall essentials!

Otherwise, do as I do and appreciate some JOMO (joy of missing out).
  • + 13
 Well, clearly Yeti is drunk so don't listen to them.
  • + 6
 You didnt need them so far. Now you heard of their existence. so now you do.

Does that make sense?
  • + 21
 @Asmodai: That's exactly what "essential" means
  • + 1
 @honourablegeorge: please use your brain before making any purchase
  • + 6
 There is literally nothing at all there that would make my life any happier or better whilst out on a bike.
  • + 84
 What I got out of this is that I really want some of that stanchion lube.
  • + 18
 pigs will fly before I pay $100 for a freakin fannypack!
  • + 7
 New suggested title "18 accessories that paid us for advertising"
  • - 12
flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 11, 2018 at 7:09) (Below Threshold)
 @projectnortheast: you sound like Charlton Heston saying Soylent Green is People Big Grin
  • + 12
 @cliffdog: They certainly forgot beer
  • + 3
 Ugh, some jerk forgets to change the URL (that's me) and now everyone craps on @meagerdude's great work on this.
  • + 6
 @LoganKM1982: unforgivable.
  • + 14
 @projectnortheast: not true, lots of these brands don't advertise with us, and there's no paid promotion in this story.
  • + 10
 @brianpark: not even the writers supporting brands etc? I'm a brand ambassador for a few brands I know how it goes, but I'm just curious to how we get these brands products showcased. As in, what's the process? Who tries it? Who decides out of the million products out there these 18 are the summer accessories you should look at...
  • + 2
 @brianpark: Yeah sorry, we ran with it. We need these little mistakes to have our own kind of fun though Smile .
  • + 2
 @projectnortheast: The process is that Colin and I sit down and write a list of what we find useful - run it by @brianpark - then we contact companies to see what products they have available. We don't necessarily test the items in this piece - but we showcase a small selection of new or useful products that someone might find nice to have around for summer riding. So if you have suggestions as to what we should include, feel free to comment away.
  • + 20
 @projectnortheast: We have our eyes on lots of stuff. Normally brands reach out to our general email, or to one of our editors directly, and then we discuss as a team and decide what we want to check out. Colin build this out with feedback and input from our tech editors as well as some of his own favourites.

Everyone is biased, maybe our advertisers ads work on us too, and it's good for people to be critical of media, but I do want to push back on any suggestion that advertisers paid to be on here. Nobody can buy or influence a review, and sponsored posts are always labeled.
  • + 4
 @brianpark: sounds good brian thanks for the info! It's very easy these days to be swayed by the brands that support you (as an ambassador) but I find myself really asking myself on alot of these products is... is it something I could be excited about talking about on a regular basis and is it truly the best, or close to the best in it's category. Which I think some of the stuff in this article yes, some, not.
  • + 4
 @RecklessJack: guess it's like snart phones. You don't really need them
  • + 2
 @brianpark: All is forgiven over an icy cold beer whilst covered in dust, mud, and blood from the trail. Pinkbike is my home away from home, I bit*h to fit in half the time.

But most importantly, Beer....
  • + 2
 @brianpark: To quote Terry from Brooklyn 99:

"Content creation is DUMB. Terry hates creating content"
  • + 0
 For the glasses you can use 10$ safety glasses for work. If you want to knock yourself out, you can get same stuff with weird colors for 15$ and they dont break, I have one pair for few years now, still like new and they fell off onto ground when I was taking uplift. Then you can buy yourself dropper post or two sets of tyres or, dont know, merrino wool riding jersey which is essentialy the same as addidas stuff for 20$. But if PB says it is essential, you must sell your kidney and bike to have it.
  • + 1
 That OneBall looks like exactly what I need. Has anyone ever used it on an air rear shock? It says forks and shocks intended use on website but thats the last part I want to leak.
  • - 7
flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 11, 2018 at 13:11) (Below Threshold)
 @fecalmaster: Have you ever tried to use methane instead of air in your air shock?
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns: Indeed and the results stunk shockingly!
  • + 5
 @dumr666: I used to share the same opinion about using $10 safety glasses, but once I purchased a pair of Oakley Jawbreakers at the Oakley outlet for $70 (normally $230), there was no going back. There is absolutely no comparison of safety glasses to the optical quality of Oakley glasses.
Everything is very sharp and crystal clear.
  • + 2
 Everything is clear They block out the sun I love my Blueblockers Hmmm... I gotta get me some.
  • + 2
 @sriracha: Yo gotta get me some blueblockers, best infomercial ever!
  • + 1
 @projectnortheast: Yeah, my $6 Walmart pack is actually pretty awesome!
  • + 1
 @projectnortheast: the process is indirect/direct pay
  • + 2
 DYNA BUTT PLUG
  • + 1
 @grantschooling: Not sure what size holes it is supposed to seal. Best is to read the manual before you use it for your purposes. I don't want to be around when it burps some sealant.
  • + 1
 It's for the big slimy, slurpy holes,,, the best one's. As far as the plugs use it just like a tire plug.
  • + 1
 @gibspaulding: ya most on the market aren't much better but cost a million times more. I personally am running the bontrager which is one of the few with the bottle in the center and lycra type material so it's stretchy and forms to your hips and doesn't bounce around. It's still less than half price of the one in this article too...
  • + 1
 @projectnortheast: 'I'm a brand ambassador for a few brands'

Total BS...
  • + 1
 @enduroNZ: how dare you? I am also an Ambassadeur for many brands, you may refer to me as Cavalier or Brand Image Governor.
  • + 1
 @enduroNZ: also, if you don't believe him ask him what he does as an ambassador. I am sure the reply can be made using one sentence. Ambassador Assegai
  • + 1
 @enduroNZ: I can give you a 30% off code for a clothing brand I ambassador for is that proof enough? And yes, totally legit for me to give it to you as well. All I ask is that you give feedback on the gear.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Social media content, group rides, new customer outreach on trails, reviews, race organizing and prizing, trail work, events. So... yes your right, one sentence. Smile
  • + 1
 @projectnortheast: you just described quite a big portion of bike shop employees. Brand Ambassador is a meaningless term. I know because technically I am one and no company in their right mind would take their ambassadors seriously. Please buy Antidote bike, X Fusion suspension, OneUp accessories will go very well with it. By the way Schwalbe tyres are great, procore rules, so does Huck Norris... wait... I did more "ambassadorship" in "media" and by telling people which bike/ component to buy (which they did) for companies like Specialized or Maxxis not to mention how much I suck balls of Sick Bicycles, not to mention how many page hits I have generated for fkng Pinkbike over the years not even getting socks from them. When I see some group rides from "brand ambassadors" on my trails and then their insta feed I want to puke. 99% of it is folks who get 30% discount in April while rest of people get it in September. All that for turning into social media whores feeding everyone with boomerangs of riding a road bike or lifting in the gym, and they suck, they do. A chick from around who can't fkng bunnyhop did a lecture speech in a local store about what motivates and inspires her to riding Big Grin I have no clue what motivates people to ride with her other than raging, untreated ADHD. How viciously clueless must they be to attend these since 2 years. One motivational/ inspirational cliché they have missed is "stand on the shoulders of giants". Oh I forgot, they ride for fun.
  • + 1
 @sriracha: you think oakley makes solid lenses, try Costa. The clarity is night and day. Oakley is like looking through shitty acrylic after these.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: haha, you definitely have a jaded way of looking at things. I do it because I love the sport and I think companies are using people as "ambassadors" to create their media content for them. If your a small company you don't have to hire pro photogs anymore. I don't do what I do for 30% off that's just what I can offer people that I talk to that are stoked on the gear. I do get you though on the insta thing, there are alot of posers out there and can't stand alot of the stupid accounts where it's just a pretty face in some riding gear and no talent. But, you also have to understand the other side of it like youtube for instance is for entertainment. Some of those guys have NO talent on a bike, but yet they have a HUGE audience.... why? I dunno, maybe because they were some of the first to "do it" or maybe because they reach a demographic of riders that find them entertaining (I don't really). All in all I enjoy what I do all while keeping my dayjob...
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: also, feel free to check my insta and inform me if I'm a poser... www.instagram.com/projectnortheast
  • + 1
 @projectnortheast: I do like your article on PB of the pumptrack you built, completely missed it! I love it, amazing job!
  • + 1
 @Matheusgsg: Good shit bro
  • + 86
 I don’t pack coolers correctly so it doesn’t matter. Hey you want hummus water all over everything? Cool, I got this.
  • + 3
 bravo.
  • + 17
 I hear Hummus Water is the new Coconut Water.
  • + 1
 So is that strap on the Yeti supposed to go over your shoulder or attach to your pack? Confused.
  • + 1
 I'll hold your beer
  • + 2
 I would like hummus water all over everything yes please. I will eat and drink it with zeal, enthusiasm and haste when no one is looking.
  • + 56
 Oneball lube is just silicon lube ..... you can find them for 2-3 euros (at most 5 euros) in radio controlled stores.... and as thick as you like..... Sorry if I sound like a deal breaker I know it’s a hobby and we should pay premium but sometimes I get really frustrated....
  • + 5
 I just usw light weight fork oil personally..
  • + 11
 I use slickoleum, is this the same thing. A lifetime supply is $15.
  • + 1
 I use synthetic diesel motor oil in a dripper bottle. Shell Rotella T6, 5w-40. Contains tons of zinc, great for seals and sliding surfaces. Remove ring, peal back seal with zip tie, inject, cycle fork after applying, wipe off excess and replace seal ring. Your foam rings should be saturated in oil, not silicone grease. Thus you should be injecting oil from the top.
  • - 4
flag Geochemistry (Jun 11, 2018 at 5:16) (Below Threshold)
 That over-priced little squirt bottle of pink brake mineral oil? It can double duty on fork seals perfectly. Johnson's Baby Oil will also work, since it's just mineral oil with a scent.
  • + 49
 Nothing will stop me from using Muc-Off Silicon Spray, because it smells like Sour Cherry Haribo and cocaine.
  • + 85
 Is OneBall a Lance Armstrong Product?
  • + 18
 @gkeele: cocaine smells good? Is that why people put it up they’re noses?
  • + 2
 In the USA if you go into any hardware store they have silicone 3 in 1 lube for a few dollars, also known as treadmill lubricant.
  • + 2
 @gkeele: Sold! You just got Muc-Off another lifetime customer.
  • + 10
 @gkeele: I use that stuff on things that don't even need to be lubricated. My workshop is the most slippery, best smelling place in the world
  • + 3
 Finishline also has a lube called 'Stanchion Lube', but with a different formula (fluoro oil). Super expensive, but it works!
  • + 2
 @brunse: My toilet smelled like cherries and cocaine anyways, I figured, why not lube the seat?
  • + 5
 @okavango: Fluoro oil is Superior. Silicone attracts dirt. It's a characteristic of the molecule, and unavoidable.
  • + 1
 Anyone ever use above listed options on a rear air shock? Wondering if my CBD sex lube would work, at least would make the fork last longer.
  • + 3
 I honestly never thought to pull back the seals while lubing it up. That was the most valuable lesson of this post.
  • + 1
 @PHeller: You mean the dust wipers right? Honestly I was taught to never aply extra oil lube, self lubrication supposedly. Lately have some unwanted stiction so this is interesting. Every fork company will say not to but I come from bike shop mechanic and listening to them, stunad me. Have serviced gazillions of forks but going to give this a try. See old dogs can learn new tricks.
  • + 1
 @PHeller: if you look in the photo, there's a zip tie inserted into the wiper seal to allow a drop or two of stanchion lube to get to the seals.
  • + 1
 Has anyone tried mineral oil under the dust seals? According to park tools that is the shiz?
  • + 1
 @redsled137: unless you have older seals then they will leak till you replace them like on my current dvo diamond.
  • + 2
 Whistler Performance Lube fork boost FTW - The original (AFAIK) and the best...
OK, that's like my opinion man - but I am sticking with it.
  • + 2
 @Hyakian: Your not stiction on us right bro!?!?
  • + 0
 Forget this d-bag reppin a product, I just used my CBD sex lube and the fork is cool as my cucumber.
  • + 0
 @fecalmaster: Big Grin - #missedopportunity
  • + 1
 #putcbdonit

Trust me!!!
  • + 54
 make sure you get the giant garage YETI banner and the large YETI truck stickers, so you can let everyone know you belong to the YETI fanboy douche club.
  • + 4
 You do know it's a separate brand right?
  • + 15
 YETI trucket hat, and drink only out of a YETI tumbler are required as well. How the F a cooler brand because fashionable and trendy is downright hilarious.
  • + 5
 @matadorCE: down here in FL, its out of control. Its like a YETI products social club. I would rather see Menbers Only jackets come back in style. I know guys who will lock their $500 YETI cooler up, before their $4000 bike. And dont forget, you got to have just the right personal sticker on your YETI cooler cup. Cant be in the club without a cool sticker.
  • + 14
 Hate all you want, I use my 30oz tumbler every day. 4 hours of hot coffee FTW.
  • + 26
 @scvkurt03: It takes you 4 hrs to drink your coffee?
  • + 14
 We kept blowing through the big walmart $80 coolers at work (leaky, not keeping things cool, breaking all the time) so we bit the bullet and bought the biggest Yeti cooler they had. Not only was it bulletproof, it would keep ice outside in the Texas heat for a week.
  • + 4
 @matadorCE: It's because a certain percentage of people in any group are helplessly attracted to overspending their money in order to have status symbol products to show off their wealth and ownership of coveted goods. Same people you'll find driving a Cadillac Escalade or an F150 "Platinum Edition" and they're in debt up their eyeballs with 8-year payment plans
  • + 2
 @0gravity: 8 year at 2% with payments you can make with EI ain't exactly being in debt to your eyeballs but sure
  • + 3
 @Thustlewhumber: You could have gone to Bucee's and gotten an RTIC cooler for half the price and done just as good a job
  • + 2
 @mollow: That's fine if you indeed plan to keep that car/truck for 8 years, which most people don't do so all you're really doing is shifting and accumulating total debt when in comes time to trade in that car/truck in 2 years.
  • + 1
 @bforwil: Hah! Sometimes. I have a job that requires me to talk a lot, hence limiting opportunity to consume the good stuff.
  • + 1
 @Jokesterwild: But they went to the same pricing model with the same name. Might as well be partners.
RTIC is the equivalent and much cheaper.
  • - 1
 @0gravity: My Slade is paid for in cash. BTW -It is sweet.
  • + 5
 @scvkurt03: cold beer in the hot sun using their beer koozies too. You can set a bottle in a koozie and leave it out in the NorCal sun all day and from the neck down it will be cold. Yeti is worth every penny.
  • + 2
 @mollow: or buying the F150 with cash in hand, but I see how exclusivity breeds resentment.
  • + 0
 If only those Yankees and Canooks knew that we have a nice SUV in Europe called Yeti. Skoda Yeti. Try to beat that Yeti fans.
  • + 1
 @Thustlewhumber: they sell the exact same product at Wal-Mart for 1/4 the cost
  • + 1
 The yeti butts instagram is ok, though.
  • + 48
 Some call it stiction, I call it 'initial stroke support'.
  • + 20
 Storing this in my "appropriated PB comments I'll eventually pawn off as my own" folder.
  • + 0
 you should get someone to show you where the LSC dial is on your fork Wink
  • + 5
 @friendlyfoe: Or render it pointless, by boring out your damper orifice for high flow and fitting an extra firm spring
  • + 44
 Pro tip: if you do not want any weird suggestions on your amazon feed, then don´t search for the oneball while logged in
  • + 27
 FINALLY - something I can actually afford and use on the PB list - Banana Boat Sport!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 8
 Obviously they shipped the wrong product. BIKE suntan lotion is what they meant to send. $100/4 oz bottle.
  • + 23
 Manufacturers have mixed opinions on lubing the stanchions... quote: "If doing so results in a noticeably better feel to either, they’re likely overdue for service and running dry internally. It’s like treating a symptom, not the underlying illness. Furthermore, lube applied externally is likely to attract dust."

I kinda agree with this.. and a good trick to lube your seals is to put the bike upside down even for 15 minutes pre-ride.
  • + 2
 The logic makes sense - thanks for the tip
  • + 9
 I've been traveling for 6 months now using the Lezyne Port-a Shop and that kit is awesome! The other thing he doesn't mention is the kit was designed with weight in mind so as I've been flying a lot I love how light weight it is (every part that can be made from high strength aluminium is) and that I can toss it in the bike bag without putting my bike over the weight limit. All I've upgraded was the tire levers and tossed in a letterman, use the thing constantly to break down and rebuild and wouldn't wanna travel without it ever again.
  • + 16
 You fit a retired comedian in your bike bag without going over the weight limit???
  • + 3
 @rrolly: letherman obviously... I'd call you a tool but I guess this one is on me haha
  • + 8
 ...and I was referring of course to YETI coolers, not Yeti bikes. I just just think its funny how now people display what kind of cooler they have. When you have to chain and lock your cooler to the bed of your truck, society might be fucked up.
  • + 9
 Most sunscreens aren't actually very good. I'd do some research to see if your preferred sunscreen actually protects you from the sun and isn't full of a bunch of harmful chemicals.
  • + 1
 Yeah! Most people don't know how much chemicals are in sunscreen! And to know that our body interacts with anything being topically applied to the epidermus. Too many people worrying about what strength to apply and not thinking about the slew of chemicals
  • + 1
 It's all about non-nano nowadays.
  • + 1
 Avoid all of the chemical blockers they are carcinogenic and dont last for shit. Purchase ones with physical blockers (titanium dioxide or zinc-oxide). They will leave a film but dont sweat or wash off and are not carcinogenic, plus these sunscreens will work years after the "expiration" date on the bottle.
  • + 7
 FWIW, I got that exact Yeti cooler as a wedding present, it kinda sucks. It holds ice for about 6-7 hours if you have a normal amount of beer in it and leave it in your car on a hot day, and the "sealed" zipper is 100% not sealed. Better off getting the $35 Ozark Trail from Walmart, only slightly less insulation, but you save a shitpile of money and you don't have to worry about some a*shole stealing it because it's a $250 freaking cooler!
  • + 6
 That lube thing cannot be taken serious... Regular lower service with regreasing will keep the fork working correctly, why flush the grease that prevents dirt from going underneath the dust seal and risk potential damage to the coating when a lower service takes like 5-10 minutes.
  • + 2
 Rockshox service calls for the foam rings under the fork seals to be saturated in OIL. Any SRAM butter (silicone grease) you apply to the seals will be gone in a couple hours of riding.

After injecting oil, cycling the fork will expel excess oil onto the stanchions, along with any crud that has accumulated under the wipers.

If you regularly inject oil in to the seals, occasionally bleed your damper and add a couple ML of suspension fluid into the air spring, a Pike will run very smoothly and with no wear for an exceptionally long time without removing the lower legs.
  • + 3
 Yeti Coolers ARE overpriced and have become a status symbol for show-offs. Same people driving around in a Cadillac Escalade or Platinum Edition F150 and behind the scenes they're in debt up to their eyeballs on an 8-year payment plan and no money saved up for retirement or their kid's college
  • + 3
 It's called "mobile status"... You'd be amazed at what people go through to display the illusion of wealth.
  • + 1
 That and there are better coolers out there for cheaper (like pelican).
  • + 3
 I carry the Dynaplug pill on all rides. Plugged a leak at the top of Downyville Classic and held for the life of the tire. They're a little expensive on initial purchase, but the replacement plugs are super affordable. Plus, they're made in Chico CA, USA.

Bonus trivia: a Dynaplug was used on Sam Hill's tire at the end of last season. Effectively saving the championship.
  • + 1
 I found that a small piece of cotton t-shirt was the best plug, it soaks in the sealant from the inside your tire and creates a much bigger and stronger blog then either of the strips shown (which don't soak in the sealant).
  • + 3
 Those Defiant Enduro bags look awesome, a great way to ditch the backpack maybe? Will definitely check them out.

The One Ball Lube is interesting and yes high praise from Fox, I wonder if it's any different to Juice Lube's Fork Juice? That stuff is amazing, gets all the crap outta the seals and leaves an immense stiction free finish after a nice wash down.

Clean and Fork Juice on,

My Devilles,
www.pinkbike.com/photo/13528045

My Mattocs,
www.pinkbike.com/photo/13528044

Look like new Big Grin
  • + 10
 Horrible product mate, will cost you a fortune in the long run (as I learnt with a $600 bill)
Here's an article explaining it
cyclinic.com.au/blogs/suspension/fork-lubes-and-juices-why-not-to-use-them
  • - 8
flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 11, 2018 at 2:33) (Below Threshold)
 Not Enduro ,sorry. That is Down Country specific stuff. Enduro was about half lids with goggles, fanny packs and tubes taped to the frame.
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 11, 2018 at 3:07) (Below Threshold)
 @churchburner I wonder what will be the response to your post because I have been called idiot on numerous occasions when I was talking about not putting anything on stanchions after full on suspension technician told me not to. People have good intentions and can’t understand how their will to care can cause harm. “Things must be taken care of”, “it’s better to counteract than to deal with the problem afterwards”. Then they want to feel responsible, but a product and there’s no stopping them
  • + 4
 @churchburner: Seems to me it falls into the category of. "if your maintenance regime comprises drowning your seals in more lube, (on top of the mud), you will ruin your fork.
If you use a few drops to keep your seals clean, and lift the muck out of the seal, as well as have a reasonable service cycle, it will help.
  • - 1
 @OllyR: erm, as I have tried to put it to a number of individuals in the past and it is parroting someone who can everything about car, moto and bicycle suspension. Start with wiping your stanchions and pistons after every ride and prefereably even during a ride if it's too mucky. Then proceed to at least two outer leg/can services and one full overhaul per year. If you can do that then maybe you can add this 1-3% of effect by wiping and using silicon spray. Otherwise don't bother. This is being smallest and being smallest often takes us away from real issues, like service intervals. I know you want to believe, at some point we all do want to believe in something, like we want to feel like we care, but...
  • + 26
 @WAKIdesigns: I tend not to argue on Pinkbike as its a fruitless endeavor, especially with you. You seem to be one of those up tight elitists that love's a bit of friction on the forums. No matter what the product is, if you don't like the (brand, product etc) it's no good, yet everything you do like is godly and untouchable. You also seem to receive an awful lot of down votes, the problem is your quite abrasive to a lot of people. Perhaps you could use some lube?
  • + 2
 @churchburner: LOL. That's not how it's done, and I certainly wouldn't trust those guys with a suspension fork.

You're supposed to remove the spring ring, peel the seal open with a zip tie, inject oil (I use synthetic diesel oil, zinc rich), cycle the fork to force out excess oil along with any crud or dust, wipe dry, then put the spring ring back on.

After doing this for well over the recommended service interval, I pulled my Pike apart and found no wear and a spotlessly clean fork.
  • - 3
 @Freerider-Dave: I think I caused some excessive vibration, maybe you should buy those Italian aluminium bricks to dampen it. They say they save 3s per lap on XC World Cup course.

@redsled137 LOL, I mean EL OH EL, ha ha ha. Ha ha. I have never lubed my stanchions with anything, despite riding mostly in muddy crap, just wiped them and did outer leg service twice a year. They are smooth too. No sign of wear. I mean, what I and 99% of people out there miss is that by being so neglectful, without our stanchion smoothener performance spray we can’t feel like we are playing in being World Cup mechanics, aR OH Tee eF eL
  • + 3
 Ive been using a small frame bag on my toptobe seattube junction for a couple years now and its great. Ilove the look of the bottom bracket bag though, if I'm strapping stuff to my frame itd be nice to keep it low
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns:

Yes, you can do a lower leg service if you want to get into that.

If you inject oil in the seals regularly, and occasionally bleed the damper and add a couple ml of fork oil to the air spring, you can safely go much longer than the lower leg service interval. I literally just did this yesterday to a decently maintained used fork I had bought, and it felt like new.

The lack of stiction when you properly oil the seals is SHOCKING, if you've never done it.
  • + 2
 Dripping oil down the stanchions past the seals doesn't appear that very "pro" to me. Taking the lowers off however looks much more interesting, if that's what someone cares about. The one thing that I suppose would make a real difference is to actually have it serviced by a service center. Not sure if it was Tim Flooks, Stendec or Mojo (back when they were servicing Fox suspension) but I thought they would actually ream the bushings up to spec. The production bushings aren't always accurate and apparently it does matter. At least the journalists (from Dirt magazine) were happy with the results back then.

I'm not all that sensitive nor demanding, but I do want my stuff to last. So I got something that is actually easy to service so that I am actually going to do it. More practice does more for my riding than going mental about these tiny improvements in gear performance.
  • + 2
 @redsled137: you know that Shaun hughes, Richie Rudes Mechanic, is also a head wrench at Cyclinic, which is to what your referring to as “that’s not how it’s done” Shaun is one of the very best and works for Fox in WC and W Champ pits on occasion. So I think it is
  • + 1
 @redsled137: there's so many variables involved that saying that lubing stanchions from the outside does something good to the suspension is just plain ridiculous. Every good privateer will have his suspension overhauled before every race. Pro mechanics often have access to pro oils and lubricants, sometimes even seals, it's a whole another world. Meanwhile some nerd wannabies worry about stiction - just hit that fork hard enough into the ground, expose it to forces that will overcome stiction. These days stiction is the fallacy propagated by cparking lot testers. It's not 2007 and Fox36 Talas. If you feel stiction on a modern fork, your bushings are fkd, you need to service it, OR you are not riding fast enough.

If you feel better for doing what you with your seals do please do, I personally say 10 Hail Marys before every ride. Works great for me, just look at Gwinny.
  • + 2
 My fork manual simply states:

"
Notice:
Increased wear on seals due to soiling. Do not apply lubricants to the stanchions.
"

I suppose you've got to be pretty confident to go against that. And the Oneball website doesn't quite inspire confidence. They have a "tech-talk" section which doesn't discuss this product at all.
  • + 0
 @vinay: there is also used to be a product from lizard skins: sleeves for stanchions. It's bad for them. But product existed. And was popular. How dare you question their care for their equipment?! It's like my wife's dad: he uses WD40 as the chain lube. He says it's better than nothing. Since when better than nothing deserves a medal?
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I get what's going on. See, components are expensive these days. And already really good. And then they release something that's supposedly even better. New RS forks, more sensitive than ever equals better traction etc. I get that people want that. A new fork may be out of reach but if some kind of magic lube also helps them achieve the same thing then they're willing to shell out for that. And well, lubrication usually resists wear, right? Dirt accelerates wear so those fork boots may only be a good thing. I get the reasoning. Wrong, yes. But in a day and age when people don't read user manuals and buy their stuff over the internet, it gets pretty hard to get a proper message across. You see your BMX hero ride with a big WD40 logo on the jersey. It sure must be for the chain, right? The only purpose I've seen for WD40 on a BMX is to clean out the ACS freewheel (as recommended by ACS) but I must surely be the only one who still uses one of these Wink .

So yeah, I understand that people don't know what to believe and just pick something. Especially if they miss the countermessage. KMC gently tells you not to degrease the chain, the maintenance wall of the bikeshop is covered in all types of chain degreases and devices to use them in. Either way, it is usually safe to stick with what the component manufacturer states, not with whoever screams loudest.
  • + 2
 Nothing in the outdoor industry is over priced more preposterously than YETI coolers. Completely ridiculous. Just keep whatever cooler you have out of the sun with a couple bungees around it. An extra $200 buys a lot of ice and beer.
  • + 1
 Just wondering. If that Oneball lube is so good, wouldn't it just be best to open the fork and soak the foam ring with it instead of dripping it from the top, potentially flushing dirt down into the lowers?

My forks are grease lubed. I understood that oil and grease make for a sticky mix so I'm not going to try this stuff.
  • + 7
 Why open the fork if you can not to?
Why not wipe all the dirt before using it?
As far as mixing oil with grease, I know that the grease used in the stanctions should be of special type that does not mix with oil as there is oil already in the lowers of your fork.
  • + 9
 The lengths we go for shit that doesn't matter, hey? I was installing my oval chainring the other day, and was thinking about that. "This shit doesn't matter at all!!!"............."what are you some sort of high ranking vintage space odyssey part collector?"............."5.7865597% more efficient".........IT DOESN'T MATTER..........Yet I would never in a million years give up caring about it.
  • + 1
 Is it oil?
  • + 1
 @gapos999: My fork stanchions only contain oil (except for the coil sprung one). My latest forks have grease in the lowers.

Other than that, removing the fork lowers is pretty easy and should be done on a regular basis anyway. When they are off, it is also easier to wipe the seals without actually driving dirt down in there.

Either way, it helps to understand what this stuff is supposed to lube though. Is it between seal and stanchion or between bushings and stanchions? If it were for the seal, I'd indeed have preferred to soak the foam ring. If it were for the bushings anyway, remove the lower bolts and squirt it into there.

@Kramz : To be honest I think oval rings are nice to reduce the force required to get out of the dead spot. I like them. Now running them with a Pinion gearbox, that would be missing the point though Wink .
  • + 4
 Don't do it, these products actually do flush dirt into lowers especially the air cartridge causing all kinds of problems. I learned the expensive way. That foam ring does the job, maybe flip the bike upside down occasionally to reload. And do the bath oil, every 50 hrs.
  • + 4
 @thedendist: yep, these products royally f*ck your forks, as I too have also learnt the hard way. Service your forks regularly so there's oil in there, and if you're that worried leave the bike upside down for a minute or two before you ride to resoak the foam rings. If that's not enough lubricant for you, you're the problem, not the forks.
  • + 1
 Correct me if I'm wrong; but aren't the foam rings between the dust seal and the oil seal? Therefore meaning turning the bike upside down does not allow the fork oil to even get to the foam? None of my forks have foams, and I can't remember off the top of my head where the foams sit in the seal stack.
  • + 2
 Foam rings sit below the seal, but above the top bushes. At least on all my forks.
  • + 1
 "Open the fork" sounds like way more work than I normally feel like doing...but I should do it anyway!
  • + 0
 @zephxiii: If you have PM disc brake calipers bolted directly to a PM fork (so without adapter), you may dislike removing them because it requires aligning them once you're done. You can get away with not removing them (especially if you remove the brake master from the handlebars) but you don't want to spill anything on your brakes. So that's the only thing really. If you've got a bicycle workstand, you could even leave the fork inside the frame. Personally I like to do this because it gives me some peace of mind knowing that it is all nicely lubed and clean again down there, instead of worrying that my next ride could cause accelerated and unnecessary wear.

I sometimes hear people claim they don't read user manuals. I may be the odd one who actually bases the decision on what to buy on the user manual. If it requires too frequent/expensive/complicated service, it may put me off. But luckily (and I don't know about USD type forks) I think all modern mountainbike suspension forks are quite easy to lube the lowers of. Servicing the inside of the stanchions (damper, air chamber etc) may be a different story. But taking off the lowers really isn't that intimidating. Just make sure you observe the tightening torques when you put them back on!
  • + 2
 Ugh, Yeti coolers. Testing has shown they keep things cool 20-30% longer for 10 times the cost of a coleman cooler. The price/performance ratio doesn't justify it. If you're buying it, it's entirely an image thing.
  • + 2
 That slime sealant is completely useless. I had a very small hole in the tread and the sealant just continued to slowely come out the hole until the tire went flat. Chocolate milk would have worked better than this product.
  • + 1
 Stunning to see only one negative comment regarding Slime. You can get twice as much Stan's for $6 more and their product is known for actually working.
  • + 1
 @fullfacemike: or go buy truckerco cream on eBay I got a 34oz bottle with syringe for $21.99.
I had used it in the past with no problems switched because I needed sealent and lbs didn't carry it.
Recently read a sealent shootout and it out performed all except orange seal which just barely beat it. Truckerco is close to if not less then half the price.
  • + 2
 @reverend27: I guess what I really meant to comment on was Slime's reputation. Their new product might be stellar but a lot of people will never know since their brand name carries some heavy baggage in the bike industry. Stan's and Orange Seal both have great name recognition and great reputations for just a few dollars more. Truckerco might make a great product too, but it lacks the recognition (although it isn't specifically known for being bad, which still gives it a leg up on Slime).

A problem many low-price products like this face is that they're part of a larger system. No matter how great the sealant is, if someone is nickel-and-diming it they're more likely to also be running a subpar tire, rim, or tape which may make the system fail through no fault of the sealant. System fails, sealant is part of system, sealant carries blame. Given it's history, Slime may do well to change their bike line's branding...
  • + 2
 @reverend27: TL;DR I had a lot of caffeine and feel strongly about sealant.
  • + 5
 Who is buying safety glasses for $250 that’s insane!
  • + 2
 To go with your $100 fanny pack!
  • + 3
 $12 for a tiny bottle of stanchion lube? No thanks. You can buy a litre of Fork oil for $18. Spectro Golden, done. Just wash out an old chain lube bottle and fill it up.
  • + 1
 Dyna Plug Racer is the best thing that's happened to me this year. Have gone thru 4 plugs now and got to all of them in time to not have to re-fill air. Might seem expensive, but the re-fills are not expensive and it's sooooooo much easier than the old bacon way. Trust this one.
  • + 1
 I have a HighAbove pack from ~18 months ago that I hardly use any more. I can't get on with it as the method for fixing and adjusting the belt/waist size just doesn't hold Frown

I'll adjust for the start of the ride so it's snug (and is comfortable) but after a few bumps it slips and the the size gets larger and larger until it falls too low - I've already had it hit the rear wheel once.

Wish they had a better way to sort the size, and also that it was retrofittable to current bags.
  • + 2
 WTF???!!! Who buys $250 glasses or coolers? Then recommends a crappy toxic $8 sunscreen? ...and you need a half dozen of those tiny little plugs to actually stop a leak!!! PB needs to rethink their contributors.
  • + 1
 @Eatsdirt: have you actually tried any of the products we touched on? And if you have, do you have a better recommendation? Happy to hear it.
  • + 1
 @meagerdude:

Glasses: Tifosi monocromatic $30 three years old and still my only riding glasses
Cooler? Come on man, there are too many reasonable choices to list.
Plugs: Slime Plug strings $4 - tape them under seat, use your multitool to push them into cut instead of 6 bacon strips
Sunscreen: I used Banana Boat Sport near exclusively for years and have the skin cancer to prove it. Just went through another treatment of Efudex. Perhaps you should do some research on sunscreen and redirect some of that imaginary dentist income to a premium brand like Shiseido etc.

A few of these recommendations strike me as completely out of touch. If this is just a commercial for free products you get, just say it is and it'll be easier to read.
  • + 2
 What in the world is wrong with people and these companies... $260 plastic glasses? $250 tiny coolers? How does a wind guard jacket made of tiny material cost $175? WHAT? What is wrong with everyone these days?
  • + 2
 Instead of $12 for 8oz Stanchion Lube, maybe get some suspension fork oil @ $15/liter (~33.8oz, for nearly the same price)...
  • + 1
 I’m going to buy a few of those items. Well priced and well thought out, but is a yeti cooler really necessary? I don’t get why they cost so damn much
  • + 1
 @beeboo: I have no idea why they're so damn expensive. But following the spring gear guide win's clothing shoot, I left one with a bag of ice in it and 5 beers and and nearly 3 days later it still had mostly ice. The garage is full of gear so the car was sitting in the sun the whole time with temps in the upper 20s.
  • + 1
 I bet your dermatologist would be displeased. This stuff is much nicer IMO.

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PHUKEE/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  • + 2
 Does Oneball double as chamois butter for those who shave their legs and roadride on dirt?
  • + 2
 SMITH FTW! replaceable whatever you need, good semi hard case that holds 2 extra lenses and frame
  • + 2
 Oneball Stanchion Lube, $12 for a small 2 ounce bottle... and then charges $8+ for shipping Hah
  • + 2
 8.00 for shipping..ha, guess I won't be buying any oneball soon.
  • + 2
 flammable goods aren't cheap to ship. Just saying'.
  • + 1
 The Topeak Booster picture shows to inflate to 160psi. I'm pretty sure that is too high. I use the booster that inflates to 100psi and it's perfect for my trails ymmv.
  • + 1
 @JohanG, the 160 is for the charge chamber for mounting tubeless tires. You lock it closed, and when it's at 160PSI you open the switch to blast the air into the tire so the beads seat. It's pretty trick. Trek, Lezyne, and a few other companies make similar pumps.
  • + 1
 Well, I guess living in San Diego is expensive, but at least I don't need to buy a $175 jacket that's apparently only for summer....
  • + 3
 "7mesh Northwoods Wind Shell"
it's just like a parachute on that rider.. )
  • + 2
 OneBallJay straight from the streets of the skate world, lubin' curbs to now lubin' tubes. Love dat shizz mayne
  • + 3
 They make some dope snowboard wax too right in the good ol’ USA
  • + 3
 I'm gonna go ahead and say that the only 'essential' is the Sun cream...
  • + 1
 I personally don't use sun cream but I was wondering, does this stuff actually get in your eyes? There isn't much exposed area above your eyes when riding. Or is it for bald people (or people with bald spots) who also need to protect the top of their heads (where the sun shines through the vents).
  • + 3
 @vinay: Your face is more exposed than you might think unless you're in a full face. And when you sweat, it runs into your eyes, right? Try applying sunscreen and then sweating heavily. Instant burning sensation in the corners of the eyes.

I tried all the brands here in the USA while working on a glacier on Mt Hood and the only stuff that wouldn't sweat into my eyes was the Banana Boat Sport.
  • + 1
 @meagerdude: Thanks for the response. I sweat loads but when riding bikes sweat rarely drips into my eyes. It is more common when running though. Now I may be the odd one here especially because my skin is dark (so I'm less likely to burn) and now that I have kids rarely go out for a long ride in the middle of a sunny day. I'm usually out for short blasts (rarely over 2hrs) early in the morning when everyone else is still lazy Wink . And the past couple of years I've been riding with goggles (Ryders Tallcan). Not because I'm so gnar, but because it is too hard to find glasses that stay put but don't clamp behind my ears so that I get a headache. So obviously the foam of the goggles keeps sweat out as well. But I don't recall getting too much sweat in my eyes before I used those though.

That said, if stinging sunscreen in the eye is a common problem then great that you found one that doesn't!
  • + 2
 @vinay: you're f*cking hilarious, dude.
  • + 1
 @mollow: I'm kind of baffled by your odd sense of humor. But whatever makes you happy. Cheers!
  • + 2
 Syncline and DF getting love in those pics??
  • + 1
 If you are a mountain biker in the northern hemisphere, then you have pasty white skin. hmmm.
  • + 1
 Tifosi Davos sunglasses are like $50-$60, a fraction of the cost of Smiths and Oakleys and every bit as nice...
  • + 5
 I do rate Tifosi, but just got a pair of Jawbreakers with the Prizm lenses and wow. Those are pretty special lenses :O
  • + 1
 Buy some Oakleys. Wear them for a season and come back to me with your thoughts then.
  • + 1
 @meesterover: I will try to remember this conversation a year from now so I can tell you my thought's Wink but I guarantee they will be fine. Also they don't get much downtime, when they are on the MTB they are using the Trail Prizm lens and then they are used daily on the motorbike with the road Prizms lens. So they are daily used essentially Big Grin
  • + 1
 @Freerider-Dave: I was agreeing with you ;-). I picked up some Oakelys after using Rudy Project for years. Optics are superior with the Oakleys.
  • + 1
 @meesterover: ahhh its because you were replying to him lol. Damn Pinkbikes reply system hehe
  • + 2
 Love the Gregory packs! Great quality and fit, they don’t mess around!
  • - 2
 I still don't understand this Yeti cooler phenomenon. So you're telling me, I can buy a Yeti Hopper Flip 12 and keep 13 beers cold for $250, or $19.23 per beer? or I could go to amazon and pick the first cooler that shows up in my search - Coleman 50 Qt cooler that will hold 84 cans of beer for $45, or $.53 per beer?...If I put a Yeti sticker on the Coleman, is it still the same thing?
  • + 1
 I would gladly use used tires with plugs in them. $80 bucks is a lot each time you get a flat
  • + 1
 Ah sunscreen... Mystery chemicals you rub on your skin to prevent skin cancer lol
  • + 14
 mystery to you, you mean?
  • + 11
 guess whose kid has a made up gluten allergy?
  • + 1
 50 SPF is like .0000002 more protective than 30 SPF. Its cheap brand marketing.
  • + 2
 "One cold beer please"

"That'll be $255"
  • + 1
 Dont forget to bring protection for the lil guy too.
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 Brunox Deo is all you should be using on the outside of your fork ...
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 Do you accept kidneys or body parts as a form of currency?
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 first born children only, @Callum-rose
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 will that Lezyne pump work for your shock and tires?
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 tires only is my guess. That'd be a question for Lezyne peeps.
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 Surprised to see Gregory up that far. I thought he was more of an Assy-Guy
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 Mystery chemicals will give differnt kind of cancer LOL
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 I will buy anything that has a “bacon strip”
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 What exactly makes a blue bag "women's specific"?
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 Its not the color, its the design, i.e. shorter torso, takes into consideration we have boobs and hips.
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 YETI is over rated! I use dry ice, keeps everything cold for days!
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 Syncline
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 "Comfortably heavy enough to be a club" HAHAHA
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 How did Lance Armstrong not trademark "One Ball"?
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 Awesome. I’m buying one of those things.
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 Niiiiiice

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