MTB Essentials | Finlay Paton | Rose Bikes
July 18th, 2016
Finlay Paton from Rose Bikes UK
Fin has been on the MTB scene in the UK for over two decades, and having worked at places like Mud Dock; MBUK Magazine and TF Tuned Shox has become one of the most knowledgable guys around.
These days, Fin works for the German giant Rose Bikes and is the chap you will see at trade shows; doing demos and generally shredding round the UK. He’s no slouch, that’s for sure…
This is the fifth part of our MTB Essentials series where we talk to industry workers and fellow riders about five MTB related things they simply can’t be without.
Some folks might pick the latest and greatest carbon fibre super bikes – but others will be delving in their riding bags to pull out trusty multi-tools a decade old…
(last time we spoke to Adam Wight, our roaming tester and writer. Check it out right here)
This time, we chat to Finlay Paton about the five things that his MTB lifestyle can’t live without…
Easton Cully pedals
“These are probably the first set of real flat pedals I’ve owned – yeah I’m a clipless kinda guy most the time. But for the jump bike and when clips just aren’t working, the Easton Cully is my go-to pedal. I’ve owned this set for around 15 years and they never need more than a re-grease.
I recently found some barely used on eBay for £25 and snapped them up as back-ups”
Thule Euro Classic G6 Towball mounted carrier
“There is simply no other bike rack on the planet that secures your bikes so well to the vehicle – it includes lights to keep the plod happy and stops your bikes trashing your car or van. For a car guy, that’s a biggy for me. No tailgate dents or muddy interiors to deal with”
The Thule Euro Classic G6 costs £509.99 and you can get them from UK distributor Madison right here
Volkswagen Transporter T5
“I take my vehicles very seriously and having always been a VW nut, I could choose only one van for my duties at Rose Bikes – especially as I often need to take several bikes and a load of kit with me.
Its got a serious engine producing over 200 bhp, which makes the van rather spritely and able to keep up with most sporting saloons.
It has all the mod cons too, heated leather seats, navigation and an optional bed for nights away. Fully loaded it’ll take 5 passengers and up to 8 bikes, with the rack fitted. It’s usually wrapped, though I’ve removed the wrap to give it some TLC before a new different design wrap goes on. You’ll see it coming!”
The VW Transporter is one of the most popular MTB vehicles due to it’s performance and versatility. Spec one out right here
Troy Lee Gloves
“I think I have a serious hoarding problem – I have more gloves than any other item in my wardrobe
Troy Lee Designs make the most comfortable gloves on the market. It has to be just a single layer on the palm – just enough to stop gravel embedding itself in your hands in a crash, no bulky additional padding, I’ve even been known to pick a layer of padding off the palm of a glove to make it feel right – though these gloves (XC Anarchy) are perfect for me”
Troy Lee Designs gloves are available from £18.99. Check out the full range right here
Oakley Radar Lock Prizm Trail
“As a contact lens wearer, I really need to wear something to protect my eyes every ride.
Oakley is the only glass I will wear – they are tough, have interchangeable lenses and have excellent optics. There is no distortion or annoying magnification. As a plus, the new Prizm tint really helps to pick out the trail details when dealing with dark or dappled light”
Oakley Radar Lock glasses start at £135 and are available from Oakley UK