Here are a few other products that I continue to use on my own bike:
Park Tools sets the standard for bicycle tools and accessories. This floor pump is very well-built. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but for $50 you get a rock solid pump and pressure gauge. Good for presta and schrader valve tubes and perfect for inflating your Continental GatorSkin tires.
This Park Tools frame-mounted pump is good for those extended rides and is always a cheap piece of insurance in case your friend gets a flat tire. Lightweight and adjustable, this pump attaches securely to the frame of your bicycle.
The Park Tool PW-3 Pedal wrench is a great tool even for novice bike mechanics. Typically bike shops want $10 to swap out a pair of pedals. Add the inconvenience of having to go to a shop just to change pedals and suddenly it makes sense to purchase your own pedal wrench. The regular tools in your toolbox lack the leverage necessary to loosen stuck pedals and they can easily strip your pedal lugs or damage your bike if you aren’t careful. With this pedal wrench you can safely and easily remove standard size 15mm and 9/16″ pedals. This is a sturdy tool that will quickly pay for itself and will provide a lifetime of service.
These steel core tire levers are only slightly more expensive than plastic tire levers, but they are guaranteed not to break. You probably won’t need to use them often after installing a set of Continental GatorSkins but it never hurts to have a nice set of tire levers on hand. If anything, they will make the installation of your GatorSkin tires that much easier.
Polar Insulated water bottles are incredibly high quality and will keep your beverage of choice cold for hours. These bottles are great for casual and extended rides (and the gym) and they come in a variety of colors and configurations.
The Giro Indicator Sport Bike Helmet is a great choice for the casual rider as well as enthusiast. Lightweight and comfortable this helmet is an essential piece of safety gear for any rider. Look good (and smart) wearing this nice Giro helmet.
This 19 function bicycle tool by Crank Brothers is a great addition to your bike bag. Lightweight and compact, this tool is perfect for road-side emergencies and quick repairs. The tool contains a variety of wrenches and drivers for almost any repair. You never know what will happen on a ride so expect the unexpected.