Road Gear

So I've started my first page with a quick link to all my gear...

I had a few criteria when I made the switch to road riding:

  1. Nothing to expensive
  2. Nothing to fragile
  3. Nothing to fancy
With these in mind I look for quality but without paying over the odds, after all it's not something I can invest heavily in until I know I commit the time to it...

The gear:


Took a long time to choose a bike - my price limit was absolutely £350 and I only wanted a basic well made bike, it had to have Shimanio gears and a decent enough frame, other than that I was pretty open minded. 

I ended up opting for the Carerra TDF Limited Edition from Halfords:

A few things sold this bike for me...

  1. Large enough frame (58cm) you would be surprise d how difficult this was on a cheaper bike
  2. Good gears (aimed more at flat roads, etc - but good for training)
  3. Much lighter than the mountain bike I had been using before
  4. On offer down from £499 to £299
So I decided to do a couple of things... Firstly I ordered it online (to collect in store) - this gained me £20 cashback from Halfords - then I made sure I ordered through QUIDCO - getting a further £18 cash back on the bike reservation.

Total price for the bike - £261 


First thing I did was transfer my pedals and shoes over from my old bike (SPD-SL's and DHB 1's)

If you have never used clip on shoes - I recommend you give them a go - massive improvement in the speed to get for the effort you put in - every movement generates torque - so you can do many more miles without feeling quite as strained.

I bought these from Wiggle - they had a 10% off deal on - excellent - total cost - £72


I had to make sure I was wearing suitable clothes for my rides so I went with the following:

Muddyfox Short Sleeve - Black/Green Jersey
Muddyfox Padded Shorts - Black/Green
Muddyfox Padded Tights - Black/Green
Dare2B WindShell (for the cold evenings)
Helmet (already owned - from halfords)

All the items on the list (minus the helmet) were bought from SportsDirect - they have fast delivery and I highly recommend them... N.B. They do sell via Amazon as well but if you order off here then you pay £3.99 delivery PER PRODUCT rather than the order...

Total cost of all items - £50 approx (prices change dependant on sales, etc)


There are many other items that needed to be bought (especially seen as I wanted to be safe in the winter) - so here are what I have bought:

Spoke-Lites - x 2 - Total £15 (Amazon)
Cat-Eye LED cycle lights - £25 (Amazon)
Top-Peak Saddle Bag - £12 (Amazon)
ETC Water Bottle and Cage x 2 - £15 total (Amazon)
Draper Bike Tool Kit (includes repair kit, multi-tool, levers, mini-pump) - £7 (Amazon)
Top-peak Master Blaster Pump (already owned) - £15 new (Amazon)
Slime - Skabs (fast puncture repair stickers) - £3 (Amazon)
Topeak JoeBlow Pro Floor Bike Pump - £28 (Halfords) - goes up to 160 psi!


So there you have it - all my gear... I will no doubt replace bits, improve the quality over time - I will not be upgrading bits on the bike - other than tires/tubes though - if I need better I will buy a better bike and flog this one...

If you have any thoughts or questions then leave a comment below - or tweet me @jrewillis


  1. I'd like to take the power of thanking you for that specialized guidance I've constantly enjoyed viewing your blog. advice

  2. This bike is good. But it have any others color?give some review of Best moutain bike. It good for us?

  3. This is a great bike and I loved its color. Also these accessories are looking very handy.