BikeRadar Bargains: nurse your bike through winter

Take care of your bike and your bike will take care of you through the dark, cold months

Yes, we know you're loath for us to remind you of the impending approach of winter, but it's just around the corner and it ain't gonna be easy on your bike, so why not be prepared? Pad-eating grit, chain-consuming salt and a kind of persistent dampness you thought only existed in the bottom of wells will be the norm for the next few months, and you better hope you're ready to handle it.

Even the best preparation won't stop the wear of consumable parts on your bike, but here at BikeRadar we have worked with Evans Cycles to bring you a selection of the best bargain replacement parts to help you get through the colder months. 

Shimano XT M8000/Ultegra 6800 bottom brackets  — £29.99 £19.99/£23.99

The lowly bottom bracket rarely gets any love, but these mid-range options from Shimano are actually excellent value for money
The lowly bottom bracket rarely gets any love, but these mid-range options from Shimano are actually excellent value for money

Mountain bike and road options are both catered for
Mountain bike and road options are both catered for

Unless you've fitted your bike with mudguards, your bottom bracket is likely to be subject to a near constant spray of muck from the road, which given time can ingress into your bearings and cause havoc. Luckily decent replacement BBs are readily available and these two options from Shimano are well worth your consideration. 

Featuring far superior sealing to their cheaper brethren, these Ultegra/XT level bottom brackets should last for years to come. 

Ashima XTR / XT / SLX disc brake pads — £14.99 £9.99

Winter isn't kind to brake pads and these bargain Ashima pads should keep you going through the wet months
Winter isn't kind to brake pads and these bargain Ashima pads should keep you going through the wet months

You're almost guaranteed to have to replace your disc brake pads this winter. Whether that's because gritty conditions eat them or because they become contaminated with oil from the road, it's just an accepted part of winter cycling.

Luckily, Ashima offers a range of pads to fit a number of different brakes, many of which are currently on sale at Evans.

Avid Rim Wrangler V-brake/Canti pads — £14 £10

Rim brakes aren't forgotten and we expect these Avid pads to make their way onto many commuter hacks this winter
Rim brakes aren't forgotten and we expect these Avid pads to make their way onto many commuter hacks this winter

And if you're too old-skool-cool for disc brakes, there are still plenty of good rim brake pad options out there.

These ones from Avid feature alloy holders, making for cheap and easy replacements in the future. 

FWE Shimano front and rear gear cable set — £12.99 £9.74 – £12.99

Gear cables suffer too during the winter months and replacing them can do wonders for your shifting
Gear cables suffer too during the winter months and replacing them can do wonders for your shifting

Winter is equally cruel to gear cables and refreshing your shifty-bits can do wonders to the smoothness of your shift. 

This bargain set of replacement cables from FWE comes with both outer and inner cables in a choice of jazzy colours — cool!

Shimano HG901 Dura Ace/XTR 11-speed chain — £44.99 £29.99

We expect no one to actually use these fancy chains during the winter, but they're worthwhile stocking up on for next season
We expect no one to actually use these fancy chains during the winter, but they're worthwhile stocking up on for next season

If you're in a fortunate enough position to be running a high-zoot, 11-speed bike as your winter get-about, then this exceedingly posh chain from Shimano is well worth a look.

While we doubt many will choose to run this chain through the upcoming salty months, it's well worth stockpiling for the upcoming spring/summer months. Bear in mind that this chain will work with both SRAM and Campagnolo 11-speed drivetrains.

Profile bar tape — £8.99 £5.99

All the ugly colours! And at only £5.99 a pop, you can afford to experiment with something a bit different
All the ugly colours! And at only £5.99 a pop, you can afford to experiment with something a bit different

Taken an icy spill on your ride to work? Or are you just looking to refresh the feel of your bike? We would argue that a new roll of bar tape is the quickest and cheapest way to make your bike feel like new, and at £5.99 a roll you can afford to experiment with the more garish colours out there. 

This article was published by BikeRadar, the world's leading source of bike reviews, gear reviews, riding advice and route information
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