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    Shoeing the horse: minimum equipment needs for a newb?

    I see cycling can become a gadget game like any other hobby, but I'm trying to come up with a minimum list of personal and bicycle gear I need to start riding local MUPs. I really don't want to waste money gearing up unnecessarily.

    So far, I've come up with:

    Helmet (I'm already weird enough, I don't need any more brain damage than was provided in the 70s)
    Fat boy shorts
    Athletic shoes and socks
    Water bottle
    Pump
    Patch kit
    Multi-tool
    Pocket first aid kit
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    I figure everything else is gravy. Am I missing anything serious?

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    An underseat bag for the stuff, drop the note and add an extra water bottle
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    Good point, Tom - I'd look silly with all that stuff in my pockets.

    My bike has two "hardpoints" for accessories. If I put bottle cages on each, where do I mount the pump?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyDuty Ken View Post
    I see cycling can become a gadget game like any other hobby, but I'm trying to come up with a minimum list of personal and bicycle gear I need to start riding local MUPs. I really don't want to waste money gearing up unnecessarily.

    So far, I've come up with:

    Helmet (I'm already weird enough, I don't need any more brain damage than was provided in the 70s)
    Fat boy shorts
    Athletic shoes and socks
    Water bottle
    Pump
    Patch kit
    Multi-tool
    Pocket first aid kit
    Note from my Mommy

    I figure everything else is gravy. Am I missing anything serious?
    Do you have platform pedals? If so, no need to get cycling shoes or socks.

    Gloves might be a good addition.

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    Mini pumps can be mounted under one of the water bottle cages. I use one of these on my mountain bike. Frame pumps mount under the top tube. I have a frame pump on my road bike. They also make CO2 pumps which you can put in the bag that you'll have under your seat.

    I'd also add a spare tube and a set of tire levers to your list. If I get a flat when I'm out riding, I just change the tube. The patch kit only gets used if I have the misfortune of getting a second flat. The tire levers are very helpful for removing and replacing the tire.

    Edit: consider buying cycling shoes. They have stiff soles which make it easier to pedal.

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    Plain old pedals, but all my shoes are Birks - I need something that laces on.

    Good one on the gloves - as a rank newbie I'll probably blister easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piper_chuck View Post
    Mini pumps can be mounted under one of the water bottle cages. I use one of these on my mountain bike. Frame pumps mount under the top tube. I have a frame pump on my road bike. They also make CO2 pumps which you can put in the bag that you'll have under your seat.

    I'd also add a spare tube and a set of tire levers to your list. If I get a flat when I'm out riding, I just change the tube. The patch kit only gets used if I have the misfortune of getting a second flat. The tire levers are very helpful for removing and replacing the tire.

    Edit: consider buying cycling shoes. They have stiff soles which make it easier to pedal.
    Check - tire levers. I'll look at a spare tube, too.
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    Change the "note" to ID and Insurance card. Swap a cell phone for the first aid kit.

    I can ride in soft sole shoes, but prefer not to. Stiffer soles like on mountain bike shoes help a lot!
    I started out with mountain bike shoes without adding the cleats. A couple of years later I added new pedals with SPD on one side, and platform on the other. Obviously, this is not a "minimal" requirement to get started, but something to know if you experience foot pain.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyDuty Ken View Post
    Good point, Tom - I'd look silly with all that stuff in my pockets.

    My bike has two "hardpoints" for accessories. If I put bottle cages on each, where do I mount the pump?
    The pump ought to have a bracket that'll mount behind a water bottle cage, or you can velcro strap it to the Top tube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    The pump ought to have a bracket that'll mount behind a water bottle cage, or you can velcro strap it to the Top tube.
    Watch out though...mine had that bracket, but then pushed back cage enough it made front water bottle a tight fit (now hitting cage) and I also kept just barely hitting pump with my foot. I may have to play with positioning more or mount to top tube like you mention.

    Edit: Another note....if you get frame pump, make sure it can do some real pressure. I borrowed a friend's frame pump last week (just before mine came in I got a flat - go figure) and it wouldn't get my tires past 50 psi (they take 110). I had to really baby it home.
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    Good info, all!
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    I find that a great tool in case i'm becoming unconscious during a crash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scummer View Post
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    I find that a great tool in case i'm becoming unconscious during a crash.
    I keep meaning to get one of these, but still haven't gotten around to it. Maybe I should break down finally and get it.
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    +1 million on gloves - They'll save your wrists and fingers from a LOT of pain.

    I'd also add a regular (not portable) pump and pressure gauge (mine is built into the pump) to that list.

    As for shoes, I use platform pedals (for now), and found that I can't ride in my cross-trainers - the heels, where they stuck out for stability/support, hit my bike. For a while I rode in an old pair of Converse, which was working great, but now I'm starting to get numb toes and need something with a firmer sole. So if you're not using cycling shoes, and you are buying shoes to ride in, look for something with a narrow profile and a fairly stiff sole.
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    I keep meaning to get one of these, but still haven't gotten around to it. Maybe I should break down finally and get it.
    +1. Right now I keep an expired copy of my drivers license in my seat bag. I used a permanent marker to write some important phone numbers on it. Another option is to write contact info on a piece of paper and laminate it for protection. You can carry this in the back pocket of a cycling shirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piper_chuck View Post
    +1. Right now I keep an expired copy of my drivers license in my seat bag. I used a permanent marker to write some important phone numbers on it. Another option is to write contact info on a piece of paper and laminate it for protection. You can carry this in the back pocket of a cycling shirt.
    I have kept a photocopy of my driver's license and insurance card in my bag. I think I hand wrote a few emergency numbers on it as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    Don't forget about ICE contact numbers in your cell phone's address book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doghouse View Post
    Change the "note" to ID and Insurance card. Swap a cell phone for the first aid kit.
    + 1 mostly, I'd still carry a small 1st aid kit for scrapes and such, but that might be the EMT in me
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyW View Post
    +1 million on gloves - They'll save your wrists and fingers from a LOT of pain.

    I'd also add a regular (not portable) pump and pressure gauge (mine is built into the pump) to that list.

    As for shoes, I use platform pedals (for now), and found that I can't ride in my cross-trainers - the heels, where they stuck out for stability/support, hit my bike. For a while I rode in an old pair of Converse, which was working great, but now I'm starting to get numb toes and need something with a firmer sole. So if you're not using cycling shoes, and you are buying shoes to ride in, look for something with a narrow profile and a fairly stiff sole.
    I have platform pedals, too, and have recently been wearing my Keens to ride. They don't have a narrow profile, but they do seem to grip the pedal fairly well. (And I just love the Mickey/Minnie Mouse shoe look . ..)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TabbyCat View Post
    I have platform pedals, too, and have recently been wearing my Keens to ride. They don't have a narrow profile, but they do seem to grip the pedal fairly well. (And I just love the Mickey/Minnie Mouse shoe look . ..)
    LOL... I've got some Mary-Jane type Earth shoes that I've been thinking of using for bike shoes... just can't bring myself to do it, though.
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    I carry a spare tube and a CO2 inflator too. Mostly so I can throw away the empty CO2 canisters wherever I feel like and really hack some guy off that I've never heard of before.

    Actually, the CO2 inflator is IMHO one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. Sure you still need a pump "just in case" but damn those things work good, fast and easy.
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    For those that carry ID on their bike in case something happens. Do you really think emergency crews will chekc your saddle bag before they whisk you off in an ambulance? For that reason I got the Road ID. At least it's attached to my ankle when I'm riding. Something happens it'll still be on my ankle when I'm whisked away.
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    If you plan to ride on any roads near dusk or dawn, a blinky red rear light is a must.

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    How about a bike lock?

    Any time I get off my bike, I ALWAYS lock it up, so I never leave home without it.

    Don't know if you think you need it for whatever it is you're trying to do... but you'll need it eventually if you plan on doing errands or general recreation...

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