When it comes to their custom bikes, riders get out what they put in. While it can be tempting to swap an old model for a new toy every year or two, hold off. Bikes, much like cars, are long-term investments and can be modernized with a few key updates – a less saggy saddle, handlebars that don't vibrate, responsive pedals. Here are a few tricks to making your current wheels ride like new.
Three items to carry on your next ride:
The Crank Brothers Pica+ weighs more than most bike tools. But it stocks 12 wrenches for all tightening needs, plus a chain-repair tool. It's like having a mechanic in your pocket. [$70; crankbrothers.com]
The Camelbak Podium Chill 21 is double-walled to keep drinks cold and has a self-sealing valve that prevents spillage. It's easy to clean, and its wide mouth swallows ice cubes. [$13; camelbak.com]
The Lezyne Trigger Drive CO2 Cartridge System makes refilling tires simple: Its inflation speed and volume are controlled with a press-down release, and it works with both types of road-tire valves. [$20; lezyne.com]