Fit Kit: Get in gear with the latest cycling tech
Published 06/02/2014 | 16:30
Bell Super Helmet, Park Tool Premium Rescue Tool Mtb 3.2, Park Tool Premium Rescue
BELL SUPER HELMET
The Super Helmet is designed for bridging the gap between a mountain bike helmet and a cross-country helmet.
Typically if you are involved in a bit of both, this helmet is ideal as a one-stop safety helmet. It comes complete with goggle guides, mounting points for your GoPro camera and a long visor. The internal padding makes it comfortable, even with a beanie underneath.
Pros: Visor length is good and fits well with goggles.
Cons: Size specific, so requires fitting. The GoPro mount is held on with velcro.
Verdict: Good value for a versatile helmet that is lightweight.
PARK TOOL PREMIUM RESCUE TOOL MTB 3.2
A frequent question I get asked is what's the most important thing to take on trails when going off-road? The simple answer is a multi-tool. If you have any accidents, and need to straighten your handlebars or break a gear, then you can repair things on the move. This Park Tool has everything you need with tyre levers, a chain breaker tool, hex tools, spoke wrenches and even a bottle opener. It's also small enough to pack into a saddlebag.
Pros: Covered by Park Tool's lifetime warranty.
Cons: It's a touch on the heavy side.
Verdict: Just about every tool you'll need for a mountain bike – don't leave home without it.
SHIMANO DX CLIPLESS PEDALS (M647)
In order to have full control of your mountain bike, whether it be going up or down a single track, you need to be clipped into your pedals. The DX pedals offer a large area to navigate your foot onto the cleated pedal. The hardened pedal spindle and metal hardware make this a fairly bomb-proof set of pedals. The plastic mounting is also versatile enough to take bumps and scrapes. Adjustable springs allow you to set your own tension for clipping in or out.
HIT: Hard-wearing and good value for money.
KNOCK: Requires SPD-style shoes for the pedal cleats.