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    which accesory next?

    okay,

    so as I am riding longer and longer each morning, I am thinking that it's time to purchase more accessories. The question whats next..

    I am currently riding on plastic platforms with the stock seat (which doesn't bother me) no shorts, no gloves.

    basically i have an off the show room stock mountain bike with two bottles and cages, headlight and cycloputer.

    IM thinking about swapping the stem and adding bar ends, i have been riding recently and find it alot more comfortable if I hold the bars with my finger tips instead of in my hands. If i got a shorter stem or possibly a riser bar, I would be in more comfort.

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    1. Gloves
    2. Shorts
    3. Bar Ends
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    1. Gloves
    2. Shorts
    3. Bar Ends
    I'd switch around 1 and 2.

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    I mostly agree with the above. I would say that you should get:

    1. Padded bike shorts. I can't see riding for more than 45 minutes without them anymore.
    2. Gloves. You never know when you are going to fall.
    3. Bar Ends. Anything that gives you another place to shift the weight to different parts of your hands, which is one of the reasons road handlebars have so many angles.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMetal View Post
    I'd switch around 1 and 2.
    Depends on your climate I guess. When I was in FL, gloves to me were more essential because I'd sweat so much my hands would slide around and sometimes slip off handlebar without gloves. Shorts were very important too, but you could do without shorts at least for shorter rides if you had to.
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    IMO the order goes like this for me.

    Helmet
    Gloves
    Cycling shorts
    Cyclocomputer with cadence(made a big difference for me)
    Wicking cycling clothes
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    Quote Originally Posted by clearwaterms View Post
    okay,

    so as I am riding longer and longer each morning, I am thinking that it's time to purchase more accessories. The question whats next..

    I am currently riding on plastic platforms with the stock seat (which doesn't bother me) no shorts, no gloves.

    basically i have an off the show room stock mountain bike with two bottles and cages, headlight and cycloputer.

    IM thinking about swapping the stem and adding bar ends, i have been riding recently and find it alot more comfortable if I hold the bars with my finger tips instead of in my hands. If i got a shorter stem or possibly a riser bar, I would be in more comfort.
    1. helmet
    2. gloves
    3. bar ends
    4. shorts

    I put shorts lower on the list since you didn't mention any discomfort.

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    Oh crap! I forgot helmet! You should never ride without one. I had assumed you already had one for some reason.

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    Can someone enlighten me on the helmet thing because I never wore one. I know I read the thread in the safety forum and still can see myself spending $50 - $120 on a helmet. Someone in layman's terms tell me why I should wear one I grew up on a bike and never needed one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shubox View Post
    Can someone enlighten me on the helmet thing because I never wore one. I know I read the thread in the safety forum and still can see myself spending $50 - $120 on a helmet. Someone in layman's terms tell me why I should wear one I grew up on a bike and never needed one.
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    Thanks Neil just moved the helmet to my next purchase.

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    God forbid, but there may be one time when you actually need it; sand on road, car pulling in front of you, black slippery stuff on the road (like Kenny above). You can either pay the $50 (or less) now, or pay hundreds or thousands later to repair the damage, if it's even possible to fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shubox View Post
    Can someone enlighten me on the helmet thing because I never wore one. I know I read the thread in the safety forum and still can see myself spending $50 - $120 on a helmet. Someone in layman's terms tell me why I should wear one I grew up on a bike and never needed one.
    I agree, pictures are worth a thousand words. I didn't hit my head, but I came close to it. I used to wonder if I really needed one. I know know that I do and won't ride without a helmet and GLOVES.
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    Other stuff that's handy:

    - Spare tubes
    - Pump or CO2
    - A couple of tire levers
    - A little "ouch pouch" (make your own, stick some 1" bandaids and some wet-wipes in a ziploc)
    - (once you know how to use it) a multitool
    - a little under-seat bag to carry the previous list of stuff
    - (possibly) a lock

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    If you don't have helmet, that's DEFINITELY top on the list.
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    The only time I wear gloves is when it's cold. My order of purchase would be:

    1. Helmet.
    2. Flat repair kit with frame mounted pump. Or a CO2 inflator, but a frame pump is still a nice back up. Always carry a spare tube, it's easier to patch at home.
    3. Underseat bag.
    4. Bike multi tool with chain breaker
    5. SRAM quick remove link (for the best and easiest chain and sprocket maintenance, the chain is off the bike and in a mason jar with paint thinner or other solvent of your choice)
    6. Bar ends
    7. Bike shorts, either bib or regular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrierman View Post
    The only time I wear gloves is when it's cold. My order of purchase would be:

    3. Underseat bag.
    4. Bike multi tool with chain breaker

    Oh yes I forgot that I got those two right away also. I use the bag to keep my wallet, phone, and multi-tool in. The multi-tool is a must have especially for on the ride adjustments.

    A flat repair kit is on my list for upcoming purchases.
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    Padded cycling clothes, yes. Are you cycling in a cotton short? I don't care for jerseys myself, because I'm cheap. But I won't cycle in cotton for longer than 20 minutes or so. You can get thin synthetic fabric athletic shorts at any sporting goods store for maybe $15, as opposed to $65 for a jersey.

    +1 on the Multitool. I tend to fiddle with my seat hight, handlebar tilt, barend position, etc. etc., pretty much constantly, so that's mostly me.
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    One thing I haven't seen mentioned is a tail light, depending on when and where you ride. I use mine on the local MUP's sometimes, even in full daylight, becuse the shaded areas can get pretty dim (and most people are wearing sunglasses). It's priceless on the road at night, too - cars really respect that light.

    +1 to everything else in the thread, especially the helmet.

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    A roommate of mine recently plowed into a motorcycle that was turning onto a road that was 0.25 mi from my house. It is a slow road (25mph), light traffic, not someplace people turn on and off from usually. He was thrown from his bike, shashed his helmet. Had he not had the helmet, he probably wouldn't have done so well when he landed on the granite curb.

    The following week I was riding the opposite way on the same road (a mile from my house) and a car turned quickly in front of me, and I went straight into it. I landed headfirst on his hood.

    Both cases I would say were places that I would be LEAST likely to wear a helmet, whereas I always wear them on long rides -- Yet all of my accidents so far (2) have been within a mile of my house.

    Wear a helmet. Theres no good reason for you to yet -- but its worth the small price and annoyance to avoid being a veggie.

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    Pedals ($50) - clipin
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    Multitool ($40?)

    Front light ($30) - for night/dusk riding
    Rear light ($10) - for night/dusk/dont hit me riding

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    Replaced a brake caliper that was damaged in an accident with Shimano 105 ($40)
    Spokes ($2)

    Padded underwear ($40 - but I already had padded mountain biking shorts - but these are SOO much better)
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    Spoke Wrench ($2 - that multitool gets annoying to use)
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    Foot pump (100 psi isnt fun with a hand pump) $15 (50% off at LBS)

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    Here are my essentials. I commute 5 miles each way to work so this is for my shorter trips:

    Essential:
    - Helmet $20-$60
    - Gloves $15-$25
    - Mini tool kit w/ tire patches, lifters, alan wrenches and a small adjustable wrench $15
    - Small Pump $20 to $40
    - Mirror on left side $15
    - Front LED light $10 good for being seen, not much use for seeing the road at night. Will need to spend more if I am able to ride in the winter.
    - Rear flashing LED light under $10
    - Toe clips because I can't yet justify clipless and cycling shoes
    - Well venting athletic shoes. I love my Merrell Ventilator shoes. These are some of the most expensive shoes I've ever bought ($75), but they are very comfortable and are great general purpose summer shoes. No more sweaty feet!

    Stuff I want to ensure pleasant bike commute to deal with just about any weather condition:
    - Fenders $35
    - Rack $30
    - Saddle bags $30 (Cheap Axiom - holds a ton and so far waterproof and holding up nicely)
    - Handle bar bag $15 to $60 (nice to hold wallet, cell phone near by)
    - Rain coat $15 (hi-viz PVC for bad rain)
    - Rain pants $15 (PCV for bad rain)
    - Light coat $35 good for cool morning or light rain

    Additional for long ride:
    - Cycling shorts $40 (I don't bother if I will not ride more than 45 minutes, then the extra work of putting them on isn't worth the effort. On long rides these are VERY nice to have)

    On my desire list:
    - Good front lights that will light up the road. This will set me back about $150 if I go with a battery light like the 5W DiNotte, but I am tempted to look at a front hub gererator light. No batteries/cell to charge, no batteries/cell to replace if and when it goes bad. New lights generator lights also have capacitor so they stay on while you come to a stop at a traffic light... very nice. Cost would be about $250 to $300. I don't think I can justify the expense to my wife, but I do think it would be a nice option to consider.
    - Boots for winter riding. I love my Merrell summer shoes I might look at one of their low ride boots for winter.

    Happy riding,
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    So, did you decide on which accessories you were going to get yet?
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    Hopefully a helmet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTRoadie View Post
    Hopefully a helmet!
    As it was never mentioned in the O.P., I was hoping he just forgot to mention it as it was so crucial. I hoped he already had a helmet. It was hard to tell as O.P. wasn't specific on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clearwaterms View Post
    okay,

    so as I am riding longer and longer each morning, I am thinking that it's time to purchase more accessories. The question whats next..

    I am currently riding on plastic platforms with the stock seat (which doesn't bother me) no shorts, no gloves.

    basically i have an off the show room stock mountain bike with two bottles and cages, headlight and cycloputer.

    IM thinking about swapping the stem and adding bar ends, i have been riding recently and find it alot more comfortable if I hold the bars with my finger tips instead of in my hands. If i got a shorter stem or possibly a riser bar, I would be in more comfort.
    I guess my priorities are a bit different from other folks. Here are some thoughts born of thirty years of serious cycling:

    Helmet: Sometimes I wear a helmet. Sometimes I like the feel of the wind blowing through my hair. But I fully acknowledge that when I do not wear a helmet, I am dramatically increasing my chances of becoming a vegetable on any given ride. If you like the way your brain works now, understand that a helmet is your best chance of maintaining that brain function in the future. But, for goodness sake, do not spend more than $40 on a helmet! You can get extremely safe, light, comfy helmets from Nashbar, Sports Chalet, Big 5, Target, Walmart, etc. for $30 or so. I do not see any reason, other than fashion, to get a helmet which costs more than that.

    On the other hand, the big reasons why I usually wear my helmet is that it is the ideal place to put my helmet-mounted MIRROR. This accessory is the height of Fredly fasion. To my way of thinking, the mirror is a much more important piece of safety equipment than the helmet itself. With the mirror, I can instaneously see any hazards approaching me from the rear, such as drunk SUV drivers. I don't have to worry about my bike swerving a bit as I look over my shoulder, and the road ahead is still visible to me as I am looking behind me. It is really a shame that mirrors are viewed as geeky by bicycle fasionistas. I don't think anyone should ride without one.

    Bar Ends: These are absolutely crucial for long rides on flat-bar bikes. They take loads of stress of your wrists, prevent tingliness, and I find that your hand position while holding the bar ends opens up your chest and helps you breath more easily. I would definitely place them at or near the top of my list of required goodies.

    Fenders: If you live somewhere where it rains, get fenders ASAP. These change your bike from an excersize toy into a practical vehicle that you can use rain or shine.

    Gloves: Are important if you ride for more than 45 minutes at a time. Get good ones with gel padding.

    Shorts: I have done extensive touring in regular old hiking shorts, and they can be very comfortable if you wear thin undies without thick seams. That said, I do most of my recreational riding in lycra shorts with padding. They are very comfy. The biggest problems with lycra shorts is the lack of pockets, which more-or-less forces you to wear a bicycle jersey with pockets in the back if you want to carry a snack, or anything else that won't fit in whatever little pack you attach under your seat (and these packs can get ripped off unless you take them off your bike when you go into the store). On the other hand, there are lots of "normal-looking" shorts available with a lycra liner and padding, but which have plenty of pockets in the outer shell of the shorts. I'd start with a pair of these if I were you. Something like this, perhaps:

    http://tinyurl.com/26brko


    The bottom line is that you need to figure out what works for you, without becoming a slave to the cycling fashion police. Ride the bike that makes you happy in clothes that are comfortable and non-binding.

    Oh, and make sure you have tires that are appropriate for the type of riding you want to do!

    - FBB

    PS: I swear that Grant Petersen did not pay me to write this post...
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