: Simple Green: You don't have to wash your car. You do have to wash your bike. Go to Ace and buy a big jug of the concentrate
and a good spray bottle, add one part Simple Green to one part water and you're good to go. It also smells really good, but I'm not
going to publicly advocate huffing.
Available at Ace Hardware or Online, Click here
Continental Grand Prix 4000s tires: People are superstitious
about their tires. When I first realized you could spend as much on a bicycle tire as on a car tire I decided to search around on
the internet and if you weren't a michelin man you rode Conti, and the consensus at the time was that the GP4000s was the best blend
of durability, cornering, and low rolling resistance. I'm not going to tell you I've road tested a bunch of different tires and the
GPs gave me superpowers compared to the others, but they've done me no wrong and I don't ever have to think about them. You can usually
get a good deal on them every few months or so if you troll the internet a lot.
: I switched
over to these from other brands because they're cheap and have removable cores, which should just be standard given the ridiculous
amounts of rim depth choices out there.
Available at Trisports.com, Click here
Clif Z-Bar: The happy medium between a hard-to-digest
granola bar and a hard-to-justify candy bar. They're labeled organic and don't have a bunch of funky chemical ingredients, so if you're
a liberal hippie like me you're happy about that.
Skratch Labs: People are also superstitious about their
energy drinks. Skratch labs is pretty trendy right now, but I think it's with good reason. Simple ingredients, no artificial sweeteners,
no snake oil supplements--It's basically sugar, fruit particles, and electrolytes. If you leave half a bottle of Skratch Labs in your
gym bag for a few days, it's gonna be a little funky (and I might recommend dumping it and starting over) but it's not going to be
growing a breathing, bubbly skin like some other drinks will.