Craft Procool Compression Sock, $35 & Zoot Mesh Sportpack, $50 These socks have the feel of pricier pairs without the added expense. And with subdued colors to choose from, you won’t wind up looking like one of the Harlem Globetrotters. (Unless you want to.)
Stash your pricier performance purchases in this budget-friendly pack. It’ll easily hold your helmet, cycling shoes and wetsuit, and has fleece-lined pockets for your fragile stuff. RoadID wristID Elite, $30 A silicone band (which comes in multiple hues) makes this RoadID sleek and stink-free so you won’t have to ditch it when you dress for work. As for easy access to emergency info? That’s a no-brainer. Aqua Sphere Kayenne Goggles, $28 Free your face with the do-it-all Kayennes. They’re big enough for open water, but small enough for the pool. Race-ready, but comfy while training. Plus, they’ve got three lens options (clear, blue or smoke) to make the most of any lighting. Clean Bottle, $10 A water bottle should be a training aid, not a biology experiment.
Banish bottle funk for good by unscrewing the Clean Bottle at both ends to scrub out sugary drink residue from your long ride, then air dry.
Crank Bros Multi-10 Tool, $20 Don’t get caught on a long ride begging for someone to fix your rig. This lightweight multitool has the screwdrivers and hex wrenches that’ll solve your bike’s most common issues.
Tifosi Vogel Sunglasses, $50 These lightweight, frameless shades transition seamlessly from bike to run.Whether you buy them as backups or as your primary pair, you’ll appreciate the super wide field of vision. Yankz Sure Lace System, $10 Don’t even think about tying your shoes in transition. Just slide your shoes on, yank these laces tight, and off you go. Yankz laces come in 22 different colors so you can match them to your race kit. Stylin’.
Profile Design Aero E-Pack, $20 Going long? Don’t bonk. And don’t trust your tri suit’s tiny pockets to hold all of your stuff. Strap on a bento box, load it with fuel, extra CO2s or whatever, and enjoy your self-sufficiency. Topeak JoeBlow Sport Floor Pump, $50 Sporty and super-easy to use, this JoeBlow floor pump has Presta and Schrader valves, and a big, clear pressure gage. Stash one in your car and another one in your garage for a quick fill.
Photos: Nils Nilsen
Not all of your favorite gear has to cost more than a mortgage payment. These must-have items will ease your routine without breaking the bank.