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This page provides details and pictures of my cycling gear and equipment to date, links to the various suppliers and bike stores I've used, plus any other bits and pieces I feel are relevant.

Disclaimer: I'm no expert on cycling. Indeed I'm a total novice, having taken up bike riding again in December 2009 as part of a fitness programme. Plus the bike gear you use is only a small part of cycling.

The right bike equipment to use is totally dependent upon the type of cycling you will be doing, the locations where you will be riding, your physique and temperament. If you choose to use any of the information presented here, then please don't blame me if things go wrong for you.

The Bike

Azzurri Opal Shimano 105

Specifications:

Year 2010
Size 55
Frame 6061 Aluminium w Carbon seat-stays
Fork Carbon
Groupset Shimano 105
Brakes Tektro RX 3
Handle Bar FSA 1800S
Stem FSA 190LX
Seat Post FSA SL 280
Saddle Velo 1044
Pedal Exustar PM-91
Wheelset Shimano WH-R500
Tires Vittoria Zaffiro
Bike Weight 9.6 kg
Shifters Shimano 105
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Crank Shimano 105 50-39-30T
Cassette Shimano 105 12-25T

Frame Geometry:

Frame Size XL
Size
55cm
Top Tube Length
610mm
Chainstay Length
425mm
Head tube angle
73 degree
Seat Tube Angle
72 degree
Seat Tube Length
550mm
Wheel Base
1047mm
Head Tube Length
135mm
Fork Rack
45mm
Seat post Dia.
27.2mm

Carey Hall, from Kathy Watt Cycling, selected the Azzurri Opal Shimano 105 as being an appropriate bike for me to start out on.

During the course of fitting the bike to me and configuring it, the following changes were make:

Serfas E-Gel Saddle, DDMD-200 Men's

Seat

The seat was swapped over to a more comfortable "beginners" saddle – Serfas E-Gel Saddle, DDMD-200 Men's - weight 15oz, weight 425 gm, size 27 x 17 cm, material Lycra - from Kathy Watt Cycling..

  • Men's design for all-around recreational and sport riding.
  • Patented Dual Density Base.
  • ICS Technology for supported comfort.
  • E-Gel top layer for frictionless comfort.
  • Deep groove design for soft tissue protection.
  • Cover: Soflex.
BBB BHS-24 Highrise stem

Stem

A BBB BHS-24 Highrise stem from Kathy Watt Cycling was fitted to put the handlebars into a more comfortable position.

  • 35 degree stem with strong 6061 T6 aluminium 3D forged body.
  • Stainless steel bolts.
  • Bar bore: 25.4 mm.
  • Fork tube diameter: 28.6 mm.
  • Angle: 35 degree.
  • Extensions: 70, 90 and 110mm.
  • Weight: 162 grams.
  • Black.
BBB BBC-03L Fuel Tank Deluxe bottle cage

Bottle Cages

Two BBB BBC-03L Fuel Tank Deluxe bottle cages were purchased from and fitted by Kathy Watt Cycling.

  • Durable and lightweight aluminium.
  • T-shape design provides a secure bottle fit.
  • Special dampers prevent scuffing.
  • Stainless steel bolts.
  • Chrome color dampers.
  • Glossy black.

Clothing and Safety Protection

Obviously some appropriate clothing and protection gear would be required.

Northwave MTB Spike bike shoes

Bike Shoes

A pair of Northwave MTB Spike bike shoes were selected to comfortably fit my wide feet and purchased from Kathy Watt Cycling.

  • Colour: Black.
  • Size 45, UK 11, US 12, CM 29.5.
  • JAWS sole.
  • Upper with Airmesh inserts.
  • 3 straps closure system.
  • Omega Heel.
  • Performance Advanced footbed.
Bell Furio B117 road bike helmet

Bike Helmet

A Bell Furio B117 road bike helmet was selected to keep my head safe and purchased from Kathy Watt Cycling.

  • Colour: Blue/Silver.
  • Size: Large, 59-63 cm.
  • Weight: 315 gm.
  • Fusion In-Mold microshell.
  • 20 air sucking internally channeled vents.
  • GPS fit system.
Perl Izumi P.R.O. Versa Short

Bike Shorts

A pair of Perl Izumi P.R.O. Versa men's bike shorts were selected to wear and purchased from Kathy Watt Cycling.

  • Colour: 021 Black.
  • Size: XXL.
  • Style: 0224.
  • Versa 3D Chamois 10mm single layer pad.
  • Direct-Vent side ventilation.
  • Detachable liner.
BBB BBW-16 GelLiner Summer Gloves

Bike Gloves

A pair of BBB BBW-16 GelLiner summer bike gloves were selected to help protect my hands and purchased from Kathy Watt Cycling.

  • Colour: Black.
  • Size: XL.
  • High-tech professional summer glove.
  • Vitech palm with Gel insert.
  • AirMesh micro-mesh ventilation.
  • Italian stretch Lycra.
  • Terry towel thumb.
  • Neoprene wrist with WristLock system.

GPS Navigation and Training Recording

Garmin Edge 705 GPS

I purchased a Garmin Edge 705 GPS unit with heart rate, cadence and speed monitoring from Johnny Appleseed GPS to help me find my way about, plus monitor and record my rides.

At the same time I also purchased the Garmin City Navigator Australia and New Zealand NT 2010 detailed maps of major metropolitan areas in Australia and New Zealand on CD-ROM. And then there is a SanDisk 8GB microSDHC Card to put the maps onto and store route data and ride details.

Edge 705 Specificationss from the Garmin web site

Physical & Performance:
Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 5.1 x 10.9 x 2.5 cm (2" x 4.3" x 1")
Display size, WxH: 3.48 x 4.36 cm (1.37" x 1.71");
5.6 cm diag (2.2")
Display resolution, WxH: 176 x 220 pixels
Weight: 104.9 gm (3.7 oz)
Battery: rechargeable
li-polymer
Battery life: 15 hours, typical
Water resistant: yes (IPX7)
GPS-enabled: yes
High-sensitivity receiver: yes
RoHS version available: yes
Maps & Memory:
Basemap: yes
Ability to add maps: yes
Accepts data cards: microSD™ card
(not included)
Lap history: 1000 laps
Waypoints/favorites/locations: 100
Routes: Limited by memory space available
Features:
Heart rate monitor: yes
Bike speed/cadence sensor: yes
Foot pod: no
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer): no
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyse, categorise and share data): yes
Garmin Training Center® software compatible: yes
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person): yes
Courses (compete against previous workouts): yes
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed): yes
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap): yes
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout): no
Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button): no
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts): yes
Simple workouts (input time, distance and calorie goals): yes
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace): yes
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal): yes
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals): yes
Customisable screen(s): yes
Barometric altimeter: yes
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units): yes
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+™-enabled power meters): yes
Sport watch: no
Additional: Operating temperature: -15°C to +50°C

Bike Lights

Obviously there will be times when I expect to be riding at night. Seeing and being seen are thus a high priority. So I've selected the following items to do the job.

Cateye HL-EL610RC Single Shot Plus Front Light

Front Light

A Cateye HL-EL610RC Single Shot Plus Front Light was purchased from Wiggle.

Functions:
2 one-watt LEDs with ROL (Reverse Offset Lens).
High, low and flashing modes.
4-hour trickle charger and battery life indicator.
Runs over 3 hours on high beam or 36 hours on flashing.

Features:
ROL technology.
Integral NiMH battery pack.
Direct charging port.

Specifications:
Length: 103 mm
Width: 75 mm
Weight: 256 grams

Cateye TL-LD1100 Tail Light

Rear Light

A Cateye TL-LD1100 tail light was purchased from Wiggle.

Functions:
10 LEDs.
100,000+ mcd.
Runs over 50 hours on constant or 100 hours on flashing.
4 modes (flashing, constant, side to side & random).

Features:
Highly water resistant.
Clothing Clip(C-1N) included.
Water resistant.
23.5 - 32.5 mm seat post mounting.

Safety Lights

Cateye Loop SL110 Front and Rear Lights

Two sets of Cateye Loop SL110 Front and Rear Lights were purchased from Wiggle.

  • 30/50 hours run time in constant/flashing modes.
  • Versatile elastic mount.
  • Virtually visible in all directions.
  • Mount Size: 22 - 35 mm.
  • Battery: CR2032 x 2

A Cateye Orbit SL-LD120 Spoke Mounted Safety Light Set was purchased from Wiggle.

Cateye Orbit SL-LD120 Spoke Mounted Safety Light Set

Functions:
30/50 hours run time in constant/flashing modes.

Features:
Spoke mount.
Virtually visible in all directions.

Specifications:
Wheel Size: 16 - 27 inch
Spoke Type: No.13G - No.16G
Spoke Count: 32 or 36
Battery: CR2032 x 2

Three Topeak AlienLux LED Tail Safety Lights - Green were purchased from Wiggle.

Topeak AlienLux LED Tail Safety Light - Green

A fun little tail light sculpted to look like a tiny space visitor. Two bright LEDs with constant or blinking modes warn motorists of your location. The ALiEN is the coolest tail light in the galaxy.

Features:
Size (L x W x H): 4.8 x 3.5 x 3 cm.
Mount: Seatpost, Topeak Bags.
Lamp Housing: Engineering Grade Plastic.
Lamp: 2 Red LEDs.
Control: 2 Modes. Constant/Blinking.
Burn Time (approx): 60 hrs / 100 hrs.
Battery: CR2032 x 2.
Weight: 20.6 gm.

Bike Bags

Topeak Aero Edge Pack (Large) Saddle Bag

Bike Saddle Bag

To stow things while riding, I purchased a Topeak Aero Edge Pack (Large) bike saddle bag from Wiggle. Aerodynamic styling, with QuickClick mounting system.

Features:
3M Reflective Strip and RedLite Clip.
Material: 1000 Denier Nylon with Dupont Teflon Coating.
Capacity: 1.48-2.97 litre.
Bag Attachment: QuickClick w/Seatpost Strap (F11).
Weight 176 gm.
Size (L x W x H): 21 x 12.5 x 14 cm.

Zefal HPX Classic Frame-Fit Bike Pump

Bike Tools

Frame Fit Bike Pump

To be able to reinflate tyres after a flat, I purchased a size 3 Zefal HPX Classic Frame-Fit high pressure road pump from Wiggle.

Features:
Barrel: aluminium
Handle: aluminium
Thumblock: metal
Mounting: HPX system
Connection: reversible with thumblock
Pressure: 11 bar / 160 psi
Weight: 230 gm (size 3).
Length: Size 3, 53.5 to 58.5 cm.

Topeak Mini 18+ Multi Tool

Multi-Function Bike Tool

To maybe be able to make some running repairs should a breakdown happen while on a ride, I purchased a Topeak Mini 18+ Multi Tool from Wiggle. It's a one piece super-light folding tool. 18 tools fold into a forged alloy, anodized body.

Features:
Body: Forged Aluminum.
Tool Material: Hardened Steel.
Tools: 18 total.
Spoke Wrenches: 15g/14g.
Tire Levers: Super Hard Anodized Aluminum.
Torx Wrench: T25.
Screw Drivers: 1 Phillips/1 Flat.
Allen Wrenches: 2/2-L/2.5/3/4(2 each) 5/6/8/10mm.
Bottle Opener: Steel.
Chain Pin Tool: Chain Pin Breaker.
Chain Tool: Cast Cromoly Steel.
Weight: 185 gm.
Bag Material: Neoprene.
Size (L x W x H): 8.2 x 4.3 x 2 cm.

Topeak Shuttle Lever 1.2

Bike Tyre Levers

I just know I could be needing to repair a flat tyre, so I purchased a set of Topeak Shuttle Lever 1.2 bike tyre levers from Wiggle. An enthusiast tire lever made from engineering grade plastic with stainless steel reinforcement. Rigid, strong and durable.

Features:
Tire Levers: Engineering Grade Plastic and Stainless Steel.
Tools: 2 total.
Weight: 45 g m.
Size (L x W x H): 15 x 2.6 x 1.65 cm.

Bike Security

Willworx Superstand

Bike Storage

To keep my bike upright, protected and safely stored when not in use, I purchased a Willworx Superstand from Kathy Watt Cycling. It's very robust, being manufactured from heavy guage tubular steel, mig welded assembly and finished in durable graphite ripple powdercoating.

I should try and track down a Rear Frame Lift Hook and a set of Road-Bike Spacers for the Willworx Superstand. This would make the stand even more useful, plus better protect the bike.

BBB BBL-10 MicroSafe Bicycle Lock

Bike Lock

To secure the bike while taking a short stop on a ride, I purchased a BBB BBL-10 MicroSafe Bicycle Lock from Kathy Watt Cycling.

  • Small, extra compact and lightweight bicycle lock.
  • Owner changeable 3-combination numerical code mechanism.
  • Tough and durable steel cable gives impressive security despite its small diameter.
  • 3mm thick, 1200mm long cable.

Bike Carrier

Bikecorp Pacific bike carrier

To transport the bike to interesting places, I purchased a Bikecorp Pacific two bike carrier from Kathy Watt Cycling. It's very robust, holds two bike and will let me carrier bikes while towing a trailer.

  • Detaches and attaches without removing tow ball.
  • Dismantles for easy storage.
  • Strengthened straight base.
  • Velcro straps for fast and secure bike fitting.
  • Rubber pads protect bike.
  • Can take oversize tubing bikes.
 
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