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- You don’t want a full fender for your race, but you still wanna keep that team kit showing its true colors. For that, there’s the ASS Saver. It snaps into your seat rails, weighs virtually nothing and comes in six colors ($9.99).
- Bottle openers are almost not worth buying you get so many for free. Almost. Unless it’s this Park Tool BO-2 part to match the rest of your (dream) tool kit ($6.26).
- Get the gunk, grass, mud, dust and dirt off your steed with Pedro’s Green Fizz foaming bike wash ($9.00).
- Heat packs are easy for gloves, but if your ‘crosser likes to run their race shoes, there’s no room for that. Let them swap out the insoles for Grabber’s heated ones, then they can swap them into their regular shoes after the race and give you the handups! ($5.50, two sizes)
$10 to $25
- Even more than mountain biking, ‘cross destroys cables and housing. A fresh set makes everything smooth and fast again, and this semi-sealed set from Alligator helps keep crud from re-contaminating it. Available in three housing colors ($21.99).
- Yes, there are cheaper chain lubes out there, but Squirt has stood the test of time in Bikerumor’s offices. It runs smooth, quiet and helps keep your chain clean ($13.95).
- White bar tape is faster and show the world you don’t give a crap because you know its gonna get dirty but it’s still totally worth it. Zipp’s is soft, grippy and cleans up better than some ($16.99).
- Beanie? Cycling cap? Yes, please. Garneau’s Power Cap 2 fleecy cap combines the best of both to keep your head warm and that low winter sun outta your eyes ($24.99).
$25 to $50
- The Birzman Apogee pump head will make your life sooooo much easier. Not only does it attach to any valve head, but it literally snaps onto your Presta valve in a half second and comes off even quicker with no loss of air so your tire pressure stays where you want it ($35.00).
- Maxxis’ Mud Wrestler tire is well regarded amongst racers for its high grip in foul conditions, and its EXO casing protects it from rocks while the tubeless compatibility protects you from flats ($43.20).
- Any decent floor pump will inflate your tires, but a high volume mountain bike pump is great for cyclocross’ lower tire pressures. The 75psi max on Topeak’s JoeBlow HV means better accuracy for lower pressures, and a double sided head and air release valve making fine tuning any set up easier ($49.99).
$50 to $100
- Salsa’s Cowbell 2 alloy handlebars are tough and have a hand friendly flare that makes it easier to move in and out of the drops, with more control on the long gravel sections or finish line sprints ($75.00).
- You won’t need a tool on you for regular ‘cross races, but if you’re headed out for one of the endurance or gravel events like Southern Cross or Dirty Kanza, you’ll need something small and light but fully functional. The Fabric Chamber Ratchet is among the sleekest tools we’ve seen ($60.00).
- The WTB Volt is a popular saddle, and the Team edition is the right mix of affordability and light weight. The slight kick to the tail helps you drive power to the pedals, key for the grassy, muddy time trial that is Cyclocross ($80.95).
- Going 1x up front saves almost half a pound and simplifies the bike. Wolf Tooth Components’ 110bcd narrow/wide chainring makes a great upgrade and keeps the chain on tight. Available in 34 to 50 tooth counts ($74.99).
- If your favorite ‘crosser has gone tubeless, a further upgrade is the Topeak JoeBlow Booster. It helps seat tubeless tires quickly by blasting 160psi into your tire from its auxiliary tank ($127.96).
- The Feedback Omnium Trainer combines the ease of use of rollers with the stability of a traditional trainer. And it packs down super small, making it easy to transport to and from the races ($399.00).
- Park Tool’s PCS-9 Economy Workstand still comes with their powder coated steel tubes, replaceable frame clamps, adjustable height and rotating head, but is very affordable. It even folds down to fit in a trunk ($125.51).
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