End of Season: Kit Check

When the season is over, take a good look at the gear that has served you so well and decide what needs to be revamped, revived or recycled. Staff at The Tri Store in Eastbourne (thetristore.com) offer these tips.

Swim

"If you're not planning to use your wetsuit over the winter, we suggest hanging it up on a wide-arm hanger somewhere not too hot or too damp. Alternatively, spread it out under a bed.

"A few tears can be a sign that a replacement is due. Suit technology tends to move on very quickly so there's a good chance that a new suit will be more advanced than your present one.

"If you can, pick up a suit in the end-of-season sales, but act fast because the popular sizes tend to go quickly."

Bike

"It's worth replacing the cassette and chain together, and brake pads and cables are worth replacing regularly; they'll keep the bike riding well for longer. Check your tyres for cuts because these are likely to lead
to punctures, which are even more of a pain in cold and wet weather." 

Run

"Trainers should be replaced after 500-600 miles, depending on how heavily you run. Lightweight shoes will wear out quicker because of the thinner midsoles. We advise buying a second pair so you can alternate your runs in them and prolong the life of both pairs.

"To keep them clean, give your shoes some treatment with a brush and some washing-up liquid. If they get wet, stuff them with newspaper to dry them, rather than exposing them to too much dry heat."