By MH Staff - Posted on 13th March 2014
Your two-pronged cycle attack on your waistline needn’t be an expensive exercise with a ton of seasonal gear. Streamline your cycling kit and take your ride from the mountain to the cycle tour with one twist of the spanner. True as Bob, this kit can dominate the Epic and get you that sub-four hour Cycle Tour you so greatly desire – assuming you’re a regular.
1 The Bike
MOMSEN AL329 This do-it-all bike is designed and specced by South Africans for South African conditions. Priced at around R10k, the 6061 aluminium frame is double butted, with a tapered headtube for rigidity and predictable steering. The geometry is dialled for 29” wheels, which offer better grip and more stable handling. The 10-speed drivetrain features a triple bladed crankset for any gradient. We hear that the 2014 version will be pricier, but features lighter Stan’s No Tubes rims. R10 000, Momsen.
2 The Helmet
SCOTTWATU With plenty of vents, in-mould fusion manufacturing technology and wheel retention system, it should cost double. The MTB-style peak is removable for when you take to the streets. R550, ProBike.
3 The Lock
KNOG STRONGMAN Made from investment cast steel, with a double high-security, disk-style dead-lock and has a 9 out of 10 security rating, who are we to argue? R1 200, Hullabaloo.
4 The Road Tyres
KENDA KWICK 29ER SLICKS When you have a race on, whip off the knobblies and fit these for faster rolling, plus they’ll save your tread for the trails. R600 per set, Omnico
5 The Refuel Pack
RYDER HYDRATION PRO PACK 2.0 This Camelback imitation has all the features: temperature insulation, leak resistant nozzle/hose system with an on/off valve switch and enough room for your multitool, tubes, pump, food and some gear on a budget. R330, Ryder Cycling.
6 The Compact Bicycle Rack
THULE EXPRESS 970 Secure, compact and easy to install and remove, the Express 970 is the only bike rack that has all three attributes in equal measure. The tow bar coupling can take two bikes and it folds to store under the front seat. No tow bar? Try the Thule ClipOn 9104. R1 100, Thule.
7 The Home Wall Mount
CYCLOC Rack your steed on any wall you can spare with this cool mount. Slip your top tube into the slots and after your ride, store your gloves, spare tubes, lights and tools in the space. Believe us, this is an extremely useful feature. R610, Olympic Cycles.
8 The Tool Kit
SYNCROS COMPOSITE 14CT When looking for a multitool, 2-6 & 8mm hex keys, Philips and flat screwdrivers and a T25 Torx key are essentials. This one also features spoke keys (including for Mavic wheels) and a highly useful chain-breaking tool. All that under 160g. R260, ProBike.
9 The Bike Computer
BRYTON RIDER 21 Keep track with this GPS-based device that records all the data fields you’ll need. Three customisable screens show real-time data. No installation, just push the start button and off you go, then download your workouts for analysis. R1 499, Ballistic Bike Trading.
10 The Pants
FIRST ASCENT SINGLE TRACK If you can’t face the outside world wearing nothing but Lycra, then try these - featuring removable liner shorts with a chamois (padding). They’re cut for when you’re in a riding position, so there’s no crack on show. R1 000, First Ascent.