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10 Best Value Cycling Accessories

10 Best Value Cycling Accessories

– Not everything in cycling
has to cost an arm and a leg. I mean, you can’t upgrade
your bike and your kit without breaking the bank. So, in this video, I am gonna go through some
of the least costly items that you can buy that give a good bang for your buck. (upbeat music) Right, let’s kick things off with something that a lot of you will be very familiar with, phone apps. Yes, and what can be more of a bargain than something that’s free? There are loads out there that can be a great cycling accessory. For example, Komoot is a
navigational and route planning app that site keeps banging on about. But there are plenty of others out there. For example, Strava. That all reap the same benefits as an on the bike
computer without actually having an on the bike computer. Sounds idea. (upbeat music) So you’ve downloaded
and installed your app. Yes, I did have to help my
grandmother install hers. But now, you wanna put it into
practice on the open roads. And I mean, yes it does fit
in fine in your back pocket, but wouldn’t you like to sit? So this is where this comes in handy. A handlebar phone mount. A phone holder, or mount, with the right app, can
display your distance, speed, time, and you’ll even be
able to watch GCN videos. No, I probably wouldn’t recommend that. Personally, I would still
go for the GPS head mount. But there’s, no denying that this is a much cheaper alternative. (upbeat music) Latex, no, not that kind of latex. I mean cycling specific latex. I’m talking about latex inner tubes. Not only are they cheap, they also reduce rolling resistance. Meaning you can save up to 10 VOTS. So pound for pound, this is the cheapest and most effective way
of upgrading your bike. (upbeat music) Number Four. Not only is it a fashion accessory. But it’s also perfect for
wet, cold, and sunny weather. I’m talking about a casquette. It is an iconic cycling accessory. I mean, it’s not the
most fashionable thing. And for non cyclists, it won’t well, go to the top of GQ’s Top Tips. But it is incredibly effective. The real question is, pique down, or up? (upbeat music) On the bike lights. I’m talking about a
rear and a front lights. Now these are often
overlooked for the people who don’t really ride in the dark. But they’re an extremely
effective accessory. And especially to keep you safe, no matter what the condition. You can pick these up
for not a lot of money. And, yes, for us here in the UK where the weather’s not dependable. It is a perfect accessory. (upbeat music) The next thing we’re talking
about is a multi-tool. Super useful to have out on the bike. It can fix, change, tweak, the multi-tool does it all. It’s a small price to pay
to be able to fix your bike while out on the road. (upbeat music) An Ass Saver, let’s be
honest there’s nothing worse than getting a wet ass. Well, actually, a few
things spring to mind. But never the less, getting a wet ass, is, well, just horrendous. This is when the Ass
Saver comes into its own. An ass savior, if you will. It stops the spray of water coming off your rear wheel onto your backside. It’s a small price to pay to be able to, well, have a dry ass. It’s not as effective as full mud guards, but it’s cheap and it’s easy to remove on those dry, nice weather rides. (upbeat music) I’m a less is more kind of guy. I don’t wanna be weighed down
with things in my pockets like tubes, pumps, food, et cetera. And this is where the
saddlebag comes into it’s own. Think of all the little
things you can pack into here. Tubes, tire levers, patches, chocolate, and even money for the caf. There are plenty out there that don’t carry a heavy price tag. I prefer the small, neat,
stylish looking ones. But you can also go for the bigger ones for those longer rides. (upbeat music) The next thing we’re
talking about is bar tape. Probably the best way to instantly transform the look of your bike. And you can even push the
boats out and get fleurer looking bar tape that really
creates that wow factor. I personally love the white
crystal looking bar tape. I mean it was great for one ride. Or two. (upbeat music) Now top of any cyclists list should be a good bottle of lube and a good bottle of de greaser. I personally would go for
the biodegradable ones. But there are plenty out there. And you can even customize the color with the dawn of wax lubes. So, we’ve come to the end
of our lists of bargain bike bits. And if you’ve got any great suggestions that you think that we
should add to our list, then make sure you put it in
the comment section below. And to get your hands on these T-shirts, then make sure you head over to the GCN shop before
the 28th of November. Remember, if you like this video, then do give it a thumbs up. And if you wanna watch
more cycling videos, then head over to this one: Eight Cycling Mistakes We All Make. Well, Chris and Emma do. I mean, I don’t.

84 comments on “10 Best Value Cycling Accessories

  1. Bar end plugs, headset caps, coloured outer cables and bells (yes, I'm serious, Spurcycle bells (and "similar" bells sold by others) can be super cool even on a road bike).

  2. Headset caps, seat mount clips, even skewers can be bought in a variety of colours, if you want to freshen up the look of your bike without spending much…

  3. I like that new ass saver accessory the most. But most people probably won't buy it. If your going to ride in wet conditions long enough to get to work all that stuff is a waste of time.

  4. Got to say that lights definitely have to be the smartest upgrade on the list there. A good pair of lights and a some full mudguards will totally transform your winter/summer rides so that your safer and more comfortable! Good little video there and thanks for those top 10 items. Certainly the handlebar tape is the cheapest way to always make your bike more pro or just to make it a bit more unique. Thanks for this one guys!

  5. Bought a rigid mesh saddle from ebay – china. Delivered for less that £5. Light and comfy. Also no danger of it getting full of water as it can't get a rip.

  6. Agree with #1. Strava changed my cycling life. Maybe even saved it. For free! Though I’m now a summit member and IMO it’s totally worth it.

  7. I don't mind the wet ass. I don't feel it at all, but my colleagues at work don't agree having me walk around like that.
    Also, WD40 returns.

  8. I'd love a phone mount option but where I live it's almost always either too hot or too cold for the phone to be exposed. I hate having my phone shut down in the middle of my ride. Likewise, I've often wondered if those super expensive onboard cycling computers suffer the same fate as my phone. Twice in the past week with temps hovering near 40° F my phone shut down. I can be a long way from home with little chance of help nearby and have mechanical problems or worse. I need my phone to work so it has to stay in an inside pocket.

  9. How does a latex inner tube reduce rolling resistance? I mean, the tyre is the point of contact so how does the material of the tube affect this? I'm not questioning it, I just don't understand.

  10. Real cyclists commute by bike, year round in all conditions carrying all manner of stuff. A removable seat cover makes the difference between getting on a wet saddle or not, it can be stowed under the seat and then used if the seat is already wet.
    Full mudguards can't be beaten, with that silly flap to keep your feet dry (and warm). It helps to have a bike that has eyelets, so winter training bike is required. Journey times are quicker if you can ride through any puddles, streams or gutters without having to slow down or make manoeuvres that place you in danger from cars.
    High visibility clothing is also cheap, cheerful and excellent bang for buck. There are plenty of cyclists wearing black from head to toe with the assumption that some Chinese polystyrene badly strapped to their head provides them with all the safety they need. Actually it is best to not get hit in the first place. So high visibility clothing works for the winter riding, new hi-viz actually works whereas the stuff already owned is faded. Another advantage of hi viz is that it can keep you warm too, an extra layer to keep the chill off. Note that hi-viz has to contrast with something, so that light green isn't that visible in a concrete world, or even a grey-green winter world. You need to have orange with contrasting black for it to work in dusk or daylight. There is a performance benefit in knowing that you can be seen as you can ride more assertively.

  11. James has become a really fantastic presenter. He fits in perfectly and seems like a generally great guy. Keep up the good work!

  12. I have never come across a decent smartphone holder. The one in this video is especially awfull and bad designed just for looks.
    No water proofing, no powerbank, no protection of flying stones, no protection in case of crash, NO THANK YOU.
    And never use your actual phone. Always buy a cheap used one. If anything goes wrong you wouldn't mind.

  13. James… Casquette not the most fashionable thing… what on earth are you talking about…? they rock! Although there is nothing worse than turning up somewhere to see someone else wearing the same casquette as you… 😛 (I love mine…)

  14. Probably not invented yet, because I cannot find it — a true thermos (vacuum flask) that fits right into bottle cage. There are some "almost" the right size, but "almost" makes a difference. This would be my number #2 (just after Buff).

  15. Was bever sure why saddle bags were controversial. You neverforget spares, because they're on the bike permanently!
    I tend to leave emergency cash in there too, just in case i run out of food or water and am miles from home.

  16. Was bever sure why saddle bags were controversial. You neverforget spares, because they're on the bike permanently!
    I tend to leave emergency cash in there too, just in case i run out of food or water and am miles from home.

  17. GCN should have a weekly episode about budget or best value upgrade, bikes and accessories it will help consumers to choose and save money

  18. Here in India, we only have rains during the monsoon season, so I can take off my mudguards for the rest of the year! 😀

  19. Aftermarket wheel skewers, bottle cages and chain catchers give a good bang for the buck in terms of looks, functionality and weight reduction. What more??

  20. Mirror – I saw another guy with one (fits into end of my drop bar) and now I can’t imagine riding without one. They are cheap and a real safety accessory. I am also finding buffs to be very useful as a lightweight adjustable hat for early winter (Canada).

  21. Always funny to hear a Brit try to say "ass" when he really wants to say "arse". Honestly the company needs to do a UK version and call it "ArseSaver" just to help out these poor people. How hard can it be? That said I highly endorse the Ass Saver. Mine has saved my arse on numerous damp days. (As a Canadian I get to have it both ways.)

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