Utilitarian bike upgrades

We at shopper-central have been relying on our bikes quite a bit as a substitute for short-medium distance commutes. Not being essential workers and without a direct need to use public transit, the number of miles we’ve put onto the pedals is high! Cycling is a great sport and leisure activity in any condition, but with the pandemic it’s become an important part of our social distancing regime. Over these last couple of months we made some upgrades to the bike fleet and would like to share with you the most-useful ones.

The simple foam grips on the stock handlebars left a lot to be desired. Egron GS1 is a super comfortable substitute and is easy to install. Speaking of installation, if you don’t already have a bike multitool, Crankbrothers M19 is reasonably-priced, compact utility you can carry even around. For carrying, we really like the Topeak Wedge Dry Bag, it attached under the saddle and is a good balance between size and function. It will fit all the ride emergency supplies like that multi tool, a spare tube, a tire inflator, even some snacks. Lately however since we do so many grocery runs on bikes, the Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack also fits, when packed down into its pocket. While 18L capacity is not huge, it does help in case there is overflow from our trusty Chrome Rolltop. Last but not least we really like the Shimano EH500 dual pedals. At below 90$ they are a great deal and let you decide to wear sneakers or cleats depending on the type of ride you’re about to take. If those aren’t available, A530 is similar, but more than double the price.

Here’s the full list.

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