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by Matt Wikstrom
August 16, 2016
Photography by Matt Wikstrom
In this month’s edition of Product Picks, Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at an aluminium cassette from BDop, race tyres from Clément, winter gloves from Phew, Silca’s new range of tubeless vales and rim tape, a spoke tension meter from Wheel Fanatyk, and trophy decals from Didits.
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The idea behind Didit’s trophy decals is very simple: they allow trekkers and cyclists to celebrate their conquests and achievements in the form of a small permanent decal that can be applied to their equipment for the world to see. At present, the company’s catalogue celebrates a variety of famous peaks such as Mount Everest, Mont Blanc, Alpe d’Huez, and Col du Tourmalet.
For those looking for some inspiration from others, there is a smaller range of Didit quotes. These include a Japanese saying, “Fall seven times, stand up eight”, Murakami’s “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional”, and Leonard Zinn: “Be at one with the universe. If you can’t do that, at least be at one with your bike.”
Each decal is actually a dry transfer that is reportedly 5µm thick and can be applied to a variety of clean, smooth surfaces such as ski poles, bikes, wheelchairs, and even pool cues. Didits keep each decal reasonably small (42 x 24mm, 26 x 44mm, or 34 x 34mm), but it can be removed with acetone if required.
Finally, Didits is able to accommodate custom orders but there is a minimum purchase of 500 pieces and a turnaround time of approximately four weeks.
Didits are simple, classy and the perfect size for the main tubes of most bikes. It never occurred to me to display my conquests and achievements on my bike (like kills on an aircraft), but after seeing Didits, I was turned on to the idea. I was able to find the Mortirolo and Stelvio in the current catalogue, however Australian riders won’t find Buller, Baw Baw or Wellington.
Didits utilise a neutral colour scheme that should work well on most bikes. Applying the decal is simply a matter of removing a backing sheet and rubbing it onto a clean surface before peeling off the cover sheet. High-achieving cyclists on small frames might be at risk of running out of room for displaying all of their conquests, but I see this as an easy way to personalise any bike.
Otherwise there’s not much more to say about these decals. In time, I’d like to see more peaks added to Didit’s catalogue along with options for those that Everest a climb or compete in Audax events.
Price: €5 (~AUD$8/US$6).