Hybrid Bicycles - Noob about to buy first bike! Is this a good choice? What else do I need?
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I'm about to buy a Giant Escape 2 (http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/escape.2/8910/48614/) from my LBS as my first bike. My main question is what accessories do I need and should I get those from the LBS also? I know I need a helmet and lock, is there anything else that I need? Should I buy those from the LBS or are they generally cheaper online?
07-13-12, 03:45 PM
Welcome To Bike Forums, Zerg!
Make certain that you have a nice pair of gloves, a patch kit, and a portable bicycle pump. It would be nice to be able to attach your U lock to the seat tube of your bicycle. You will also need water bottles.
Good Luck! :thumb:
You don't really 'need' anything other than a bike to ride a bike. That being said, everyone has their own 'essentials' they like to have when they ride- some of it common sense, some personal preference. And accessories tend to be cheaper online, but quite a few LBS' will give a discount at the time of the bike sale or a small time window after the purchase.
The one item that I consider a 'must have' is something that I had to learn the hard way about: a floor pump. In my ignorance, I had mistakenly thought that the air compressor at the gas station would've been sufficient to fill my bike's tires. 3 pinch flats in two weeks and I found out my error as well as the importance of 'topping off' at home before riding.
Start thinking about lights. Research local laws on riding at night. Look on BF for recommendations and buying online would help. While you're at it, also consider a basic computer, can be helpful but certainly not necessary.
Good luck and have fun!
I was right where you are now about two months back. Some of the essentials I needed:
Allen keys, to make adjustments on the bike.
Helmet mirror, so I can see what is behind me without turning my head.
Extra tubes, 2 of them, just had a flat and using the new one.
Patch kit, to mend the tube with hole.
Lock, got a U lock and cable, Kryptonite, came with a pretty solid holder.
Plastic tire wrench, to change tubes and tires.
Front and rear lights, to enable me to bike in the evening/night.
Chain cleaner and chain lube. Self explanatory.
Of course a helmet, required by law.
Clothes pin, to pinch pant leg so as to prevent rubbing on chain.
Presta to shrader adapter, so I can pump up my tire with my home air compressor.
Tire pressure gauge, so I know what the compressor has pumped up to. I would suggest you just get a home full size pump with built in gauge.
Fenders, for when it rains. I got clip ons cause I dont like the look of fenders.
Chain breaker and quick link chain, for if and when the chain breaks, I can fix it.
Those are the basics that I needed to get going. I also got new pedal and handle bar to upgrade what I have. Next up is possible a saddle replacement and bar ends, and I think I will be almost all set.
07-14-12, 02:52 AM
The Escape is a nice looking bike!
bottle cage and water bottle
What you'll want within a week:
floor pump; it will have a built in gauge
I recommend gloves. I consider them a safety item. If you fall you can scrape your hands easily. Gloves also soak up sweat and if you get padded ones, they provide comfort.
If you want to fix a flat on the road here's what you need:
seat wedge or something to carry your patching gear
patch kit (get the ones with vulcanizing agent)
Pedros tire levers
latex/nitrile gloves to keep your hands clean from grease
You want the spare tube for fast road change, or the flat is not repairable or you get a second flat.
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