I go through a lot of different bike parts and gear. Some of it wears out or breaks, some of it I really regret buying, and some of it I swear by. Stuff Mike Rides
will show up every now and then whenever I get around to writing it. All of the stuff that I don't feel like writing a 9000 word review on will be in one of these. More than anything though 'Stuff Mike Rides
' will be about how things held up over the long haul.
has got some Syncros Mental pedals
, Crud Catcher fender
and Troy Lee's SE glove
. Enjoy....For me there is really only one choice when it comes to pedals. I bought a set of Syncros Mental
pedals nearly two years ago now and despite my constant urge to buy new things I can't justify ever using something else....Or even buying a new set of Mentals as these things are built for the long haul. Like many other riders, I've gone though a lot of 'regular' pedals over the years. It's common knowledge that set screw pins bite a lot more than regular flat-top pins, and that a slight concave helps to keep your feet planted. Syncros took it a step further by using a sort of split steel screw that creates the grippiest pedal on the market
. All Mental pedals come with two sets of pins, a regular length and a slightly longer version. I can't imagine wanting the longer pins but they are there if you need them.
Don't be a noob like me, wear shin pads
They spin on one 12mm needle bearing, a 20mm split bearing, and two cartridge bearings. After two years
of shit kicking I have yet to rebuild them as they still turn smooth! I run the aluminum Mentals (503gms), but there is a sweet white magnesium version (472gms), and two steel versions (800gms+). My aluminum pedals have hit the ground way to many times and they are still truck'n, so I'm glad that I didn't take the nearly 1 pound weight penalty for the stainless or cromoly versions. The only downside I can think of is your smelly kicks may not last as long as they are a little hard on the soles, which is ok because you're riding shoes are haggard anyways!
The Mentals are nearly bombproof and provide an amazing amount of grip. Great pedals.Go here to see more Syncros goodies.
I don't like fenders. I don't think many riders do, especially the ones that remember those god awful moto inspired hunks of garbage. But there are times when I wish I had one. Not the big over done things from the past, but a nice little mud guard that keeps the spray out of my eyeballs. One particularly nasty day at Whistler this year I caved and strapped on a Crud Catcher ZX
. Best thing I could have done.
Does more catching than Tyler
It's a neat little unit that sits under your down tube and is mounted with two O-rings, I can't think of a bike this wouldn't fit. At only 52 grams you can make up more than that by sitting on the pooper before going for a ride! It keeps my googles cleaner, doesn't make a racket like a lot of fenders do and most importantly, it comes off real quick
when it starts to dry out......It is still a fender after all!
It's Fall, so it's going to be wet. Put the Crud Catcher
on and then go out and play.
I'm not too picky about anything really. Food, weather, or women, it's all the same to me. One thing I am choosey about is the gloves I use. Lately I've been rocking a pair of Troy Lee Designs SE Glove
. After years of running other brands, I am pretty stoked on the SE. As with all the parts and clothes that I use, looks are far more important then function (that's lesson #1
kids). These mitts don't let me down. Bright red tops with flashy blue rubberized moldings and a big 'ol TLD logo on top just in case you forgot where they came from. There's a small Velcro enclosure on the cuff and a nifty little pull tab on the underside to pull them on with. Best of all, they actually say "pop wheelies" on the cuff. Wear them with black kit and at least you'll look fast
As far as gloves go, these are pretty glovey (ya I made that up). A glove's palm makes all the difference for me. When a glove has a load of padding on the palm it doesn't give me that up close and personal feeling that I like, I feel detached from the bike. The SE has no padding, only double layer Pittards leather, so it's tough but at the same time I don't feel like I'm holding onto the big end of a baseball bat. After months and months of riding and washing they are still going strong. Despite having some Air-Prene, I do find them a bit warmer in the summer than some other gloves, but these do have a considerable amount more protection on the tops so that makes up for it I guess. If you don't mind having 'sexy hands'
and want a nice thin palm then check out the SE's from Troy Lee Designs
Stuff Mike Rides
part deux will most likely have an SDG I-Beam
seat and post, Troy Lee D2
carbon helmet and MRP's carbon chainguide
. Don't wait around as it may be awhile....