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What is the most underrated bicycle accessory?

Old 10-10-16, 10:31 AM
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Old 10-10-16, 02:21 PM
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There's nobody out there at night though.
Not me, that's for sure...
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Old 10-11-16, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by rmfnla View Post
Blinkies during the daytime.

Everyone knows lights are important at night, but those little guys can save your butt during the day...
These are now required by law during daytime in some states. In Virginia, you can do without on low-speed roadways, but on those posted at 35 MPH and above you must have them blinking. On a recent tour I was using both front and rear blinkies and felt safer doing so. You want to give yourself every advantage when trying to survive in traffic and the last thing I wanted was to be clobbered by someone who'd have told the police, "Nobody ever rides a bicycle on this road."

Also, kickstands. I've used them for decades on nearly every bike in my fleet. Center mount on some bikes, rear mount on others, and I just recently tried the remarkably heavy but astonishingly useful ESGE Pletscher Twin. Worked on the touring bike fitted either with six bags (front and rear panniers, plus handlebar bag and rack pack) or with just the handlebar bag and B.O.B. trailer.
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Also, kickstands. I've used them for decades on nearly every bike in my fleet. Center mount on some bikes, rear mount on others, and I just recently tried the remarkably heavy but astonishingly useful ESGE Pletscher Twin. Worked on the touring bike fitted either with six bags (front and rear panniers, plus handlebar bag and rack pack) or with just the handlebar bag and B.O.B. trailer.
I agree on the twin kickstand. This is the one I put on my Traverse that is similar to the Pletscher:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LNLXML4...s_ad_dp_asin_1

I don't notice the extra weight especially for how useful it is. It's very well made and cost much less than the Pletscher. I bought the single BV for my wife's bike and it's also very well made and useful.
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Not me, that's for sure...

It's those zombie road racers, right?
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It's those zombie road racers, right?
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I'm going to vote in the top-tube bag, or 'Bento Box' as the tri guys call it. It's a small bag that attaches to the top tube right behind the stem.
I threw one on last-minute before a 6-day Tour, and it was a game-changer. Just enough room for a couple of granola bars, the extra battery for my phone, and a small bottle of eye drops (I wear contact lenses)
All the stuff that'd usually end up in a jersey pocket, now right in front of you.
I got the Bell -branded one from Target, although most LBS have one brand or another; $15-$20. The Bell has zippers, some have velcro, and a clear sleeve on top, meant for a phone, but i put pace notes / cue sheets in it.
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