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Just thought I'd start an unofficial thread for us to share deals throughout the year so they don't get lost in the clutter like the UK bike tires deal I missed out on.

This way we can all sub and get alerts.

currently there is the 2016 Black Friday thread but that will go away after Monday or so, https://slickdeals.net/f/9300591
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Sub'd. Great idea OP
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+1, Sub'd.
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I'll start off with cheap shopping recommendations?

someone mentioned Banggood and they have a US warehouse now, never tried it but interesting browsing for ideas: http://us.banggood.com/Wholesale-...page1.html

This US seller (LBS) on ebay has not let me down and has useful items, answers all my questions (eventually) http://stores.ebay.com/The-Bikesmiths-Store They also ship the same day every time I order, some stuff comes via priority, some stuff via surepost
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what's everyone using for cycling computers?

I'm doing it on a very thifty budget, so I have a $70 vivoactive and a $20 chinese speed/cadence ANT+ sensor

I want to eventually use like a $20 phone instead for a large display

wish there was a power meter for poor people under $100, maybe in a few years once the chinese start making knockoff clones
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I'll start off with cheap shopping recommendations?

someone mentioned Banggood and they have a US warehouse now, never tried it but interesting browsing for ideas: http://us.banggood.com/Wholesale-...page1.html

This US seller (LBS) on ebay has not let me down and has useful items, answers all my questions (eventually) http://stores.ebay.com/The-Bikesmiths-Store They also ship the same day every time I order, some stuff comes via priority, some stuff via surepost
I've had good success with bikesmiths too. They had the commuter tires I wanted, in the correct size and a good price. Shipped quickly.
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I've had good success with bikesmiths too. They had the commuter tires I wanted, in the correct size and a good price. Shipped quickly.
kenda tendrils? I love my tendrils

85psi in a 1.5 inch MTB tire with smooth center tread and super reflective sidewalls so idiots on their smartphones don't plow into you on the roundabouts

they even have this soothing "hum" once you get above 15mph
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kenda tendrils? I love my tendrils

85psi in a 1.5 inch MTB tire with smooth center tread and super reflective sidewalls so idiots on their smartphones don't plow into you on the roundabouts

they even have this soothing "hum" once you get above 15mph
Panaracer Tourguard Plus. Gotten about 6k-7k miles without flats on the ones I've used.
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Panaracer Tourguard Plus. Gotten about 6k-7k miles without flats on the ones I've used.
ah yeah, very nice tires

I just didn't like how heavy they were, I think like over 800 grams

http://google.com/search?q=cache:...guard-plus

the tendrils are "only" 600 grams and same belt design/reflective strip, they just cut weight by not having a thick sidewall

plus the smooth center strip - it purrs at speed Biggrin2
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okay I have a whopper of a great first deal to share

after checking all my phones for built-in ANT+ support, I had given up because even the most expensive ones didn't have it and I wasn't going to put an expensive phone on my bike anyway

the idea was to use it as a cheap cyclometer as good as an expensive garmin with large display so I don't have to stare at my watch or only have two lines of data, no map, etc.

but guess what?

I discovered this cheap $10 phone has full ANT+ support built right in

https://slickdeals.net/f/9411919

ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP STAR 2 LTE A521L (gsm) https://shop.straighttalk.com/sho...onditioned

ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP NOVA LTE A520L (cdma) https://shop.straighttalk.com/sho...onditioned

So I downloaded the free Wahoo app

https://play.google.com/store/app...ness&hl=en

update: this app IpBike is even better

https://play.google.com/store/app...bike&hl=en

it needs this too https://play.google.com/store/app...tman&hl=en

and then the free two ANT+ plugins

https://play.google.com/store/app...ice.socket

https://play.google.com/store/app...ns.antplus

and it connects to ALL my ANT+ devices - speed sensor, cadence sensor, heart rate sensor, even my running cadence sensor

so my $10 phone is now a $200 Garmin Edge 500 LMAO

and you can use a bunch of other apps of course, plus bluetooth sensors if you have them (but of course that worked with any phone)

here's an app that will check if your phone has ANT+ support

https://play.google.com/store/app...ster&hl=en

none of mine did until this phone, so if your phone is very new, maybe it will too, but I'm not putting an expensive phone on my bike as a display (theft, crash, rain, etc.)

oh also unlike a $200 Edge, your phone can play music while you ride if you are crazy and don't want to pay 100% attention to the road but I hope you have good health insurance

I believe the Strava app will also support ANT+ devices, there are probably many many others out there too, maybe even Garmin Connect for mobile can act as a cyclometer

you can get this speed/cadence sensor for about $20 https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-l...B01MG9F19N many sellers on both ebay and amazon
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http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs...1___206859

$350 for a real road bike (entry level). carbon fork, STI, size 54 only
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http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs...1___206859

$350 for a real road bike (entry level). carbon fork, STI, size 54 only
wow that is a really nice bike - I could use 54cm (52/53 would be better) but don't have $350 unfortunately, however maybe someone else does

the 2015 Arien 1 with fantastic 105 groupset is still $600 but only size 56 which makes sense it is leftover and huge http://www.diamondback.com/shop/airen-1 - also personally I am not a fan of disc brakes on road bikes
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if anyone wants/needs a cheap headlight solution that really works and is super cheap in case of theft/damage

I found this $2 18650 flashlight on ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Zoomable-...2121836966
holds a protected 18650 properly

and then I got the $9 thorfire kit of two 18650 protected cells and a charger

I'm using it with one of the $1 holders from ebay

what's nice about that light is that red ring glows when it is on, so you can see it from your handlebars, even if you have it mounted below like I do - and the red light lights up the front wheel and fork too - I put a piece of electrical tape on the top so the red light doesn't shine directly upwards

I've yet to find the cutoff point, I've run it for four hours non-stop, and though incredibly heavy fog on the pulsing flash mode so cars would see me

the front of it slides forwards and back so you can make the beam very narrow or very wide

the $1 handlebar holder can notch into almost any angle so I got it set just right

for basically a $8 investment, it's way brighter than what I was using before, I can actually see everything ahead of me in my lane at speed and unlike the $30+ solutions, I won't cry if it breaks or is stolen

update: for 10 cents more here is the same model with the red ring but claims 1000LM more (unlikely) and has FIVE modes instead of the three on the one I bought

http://www.ebay.com/itm/201558345575

btw these are most of the clamp style available on ebay, some are better than others, some don't even swivel http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/ozs...-l1600.jpg
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Good Job OP
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