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Once you went _______ you never went back.
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What is the one (or two) thing(s) that you find indispensable to training or racing? Nutrition, gadget, electronic, etc...

I'd have to say a power meter for me. I've been training and racing with one for 5+ years now and it's completely changed the way I ride (for the better). I know some people like to just go off RPE, but I don't think I'll ever go back to biking without a power meter.


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Rimless glasses on the bike (Tifosi Podium for me; the Smith Pivlock seems to be popular here). I can't imagine ever going back to having part of my field of vision blocked.
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Campagnolo

Also power

And Cervelo TT bikes


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Gels (no trying to chew and breathe like with bars).

Oakley sunglasses

UnderArmour tops (seriously; cheap, and thinner/cooler than any tri top I've used)

A disc (can't beat the rumble)


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Assos
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Beam bike for me, softride and now titanflex
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Power and Cervelo - extremely pleased with both decisions.



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cyclenutnz wrote:
Campagnolo

Also power

And Cervelo TT bikes

Really? I used to be Campag through and through, MANY years ago! In fact I gave away a full Campag groupset before I moved to NZ. Had good condition Delta brakes (they looked soooooo good. So so good. So good that in fact I'd forgive them being heavy, difficult to work on, and way overly complicated if it wasn't for one minor complication - when I applied pressure at the lever the bike in no way decreased in forward motion!).Also had the beautiful C-record chainset of the same era, along with a Croce' Daune rear mech and indexed levers, and then the super record from the late 80's (with the black parallelogram), along with the nuovo record chainset and super record brakes. Those indexed levers were cool - you could change the insert depending on what freewheel you were running (6, 7, or even 8 speed, and even what model!) How I wish I'd hung to them all now!!! Anyway, I moved to Shimano when they brought out Sti in about 95, and have never gone back.
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Speedplay pedals
Rimless sunglasses (Smith pivot locks)
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Power
Disc
Hoka
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Hoka
Zipp
Quarq
Di2
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trail running
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Once I went camping, I'll never do that again.

Find out what it is in life that you don't do well, then don't
do that thing.
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Oakley
Bibs
di2
lululemon
kinvara
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Trainerroad
Masters swimming
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Power meter
Computrainer

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Hello natethomas and All,

Better than my GPS watch, better than my Kickr, better than swim goggles that do not feel like they are sucking you eyeball out of the socket,
even better than a View-Speed skewer ........



.......... Wearing 2XU compression tights to bed after a hard workout. (Other brands may work too.)

No jumping out of bed several times during the night and hopping around the bedroom like a kangaroo with leg cramps .... just

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Cheers, Neal

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Sufferfest
Strava
Salted caramel gu

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Training with power
In hindsight I would take a round tubed bike with box section wheels and a power meter, over a modern deep section speed machine without a PM.

OTE nutrition products
Nothing super special or different about their powders/bars etc, they just agree with my gut exceptionally well. I've certainly found "my brand".


I'll be starting to use a coach in the next few months, I hope to look back and be able to add that to this list.

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Masters
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Power meter
Using training peaks to plan my weeks
Shaving
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Low or midrange Shimano everything. Well not quite, I've ventured away many times but always returned. Indispensable to training because It works flawlessly and forever and is designed well which isn't something I say often about any consumer product. Every time I've replaced with something more flashy it's broken/cost far more or generally eats up time in assembly/ disassembly through poor design.

When sticking a good amount of time on the bike training knowing it will just work all the time is huge to me.

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Heart rate monitor. Said I'd never need one and then after getting the cheapest one "just to see", and now I rarely ever cycle or run without it.
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GreenPlease wrote:
Power meter
Computrainer

My top two as well.

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Bibs


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