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    What are necessary accessories for biking trails, paths, day rides?

    I plan on riding mostly park trails, creeper trail, etc...what are necessary things I need to look at buying?

    Is it definate that you should wear a helmet? (sorry if thats a dumb question)

    Do I need biking shoes?

    Backpack?

    Sorry these may be stupid questions but im just getting into this!

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    Many, if not most, think a helmet is a good idea. I'm among them, but I recognize that there are those who disagree.

    Cycling-specific shoes are only necessary if you want to wring the last bit of performance out of your ride, and they come at a cost (in addition to $) - they often require specific pedals, and they can be uncomfortable to walk in, or at least less than optimal to walk in. Having said that, I always use cycling shoes. Try your rides without them and see if you have any problems that shoes and pedals might address. If you're happy with your regular shoes and pedals, why rock the metaphorical boat?

    Backpacks are the cyclist's storage of last resort, IMO, because when fully loaded they can raise your center of gravity unacceptably high. Besides, unless you're planning to haul groceries, a decent under-saddle wedge type of bag is all you need.

    I would also not go anywhere without some provision to repair a flat, whether that's a patch kit or a tube, and a pump or CO2 cartridges, and a couple of basics like tire irons (not really iron), and a decent multi-tool.

    Other necessities include water bottles and cages for them.
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    is there some type of under saddle bag you can get to keep the repair kit, etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by janda View Post
    is there some type of under saddle bag you can get to keep the repair kit, etc?
    There are lots to choose from.
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    Agree with CraigB. I wear a helmet and gloves (had the rear wheel slide out on a turn and ground the palm off of my glove - it would have been my skin on the pavement had I not been wearing gloves).

    Other than that, my under seat pack holds spare tube, patch kit with levers, multitool, spare chain link, nitrile gloves, 6" crescent wrench (the tool I find myself using the most when helping others on the trail), cell phone and small wallet w/ ID, credit card & cash. Water bottles in bottle cages w/ pump mounted along side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
    Agree with CraigB. I wear a helmet and gloves (had the rear wheel slide out on a turn and ground the palm off of my glove - it would have been my skin on the pavement had I not been wearing gloves).
    I forgot to mention gloves. Very important, I think. I rarely ride without them, except maybe to go around the block when I want to check out a repair I've done or a part swap. Otherwise I've got them on.
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    My list of necessary items (in order):
    1. Helmet
    2. Full water bottle(s)
    3. Patch kit
    4. Cycling gloves
    5. Cell phone (for just-in-case)

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    Ok these are great lists! I didnt want to be the only one on the trail wearing gloves and a helmet, etc. I didnt want to look like I was over doing it haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janda View Post
    Ok these are great lists! I didnt want to be the only one on the trail wearing gloves and a helmet, etc. I didnt want to look like I was over doing it haha.
    Rule # 1 - Don't worry about what others are or aren't wearing; are or aren't riding; and are or aren't doing. Just ride and enjoy it.

    Some day, you may want to try bike shorts, clips and straps, clipless pedals, even different styles of bikes, etc. but none of that falls under the umbrella of necessity.

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    Just getting into it myself, and I had a lot of the same questions.

    My seat bag has a tube, patch kit, tire irons (levers), $5.00, Co2, and my cell.

    I always ride with a helmet and gloves. I did go with the clipless shoes and pedals. I have SPD-SL clips, and love them. I also ride on a bike specific trail. I love them so far! But its only been a month....


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    My seat bag contains the usual patch kit, tube, tire levers, etc. It has a couple extras that I've found to come in handy:

    1) a couple pairs of latex gloves -- keep your hands clean when doing any repairs
    2) A sample pack of baby wipes -- good for post-repair cleanup, also for treating scrapes, etc.
    3) Zip ties in a couple sizes for emergency repairs.

    Having a couple $$$ in there serves 2 purposes: to spend if you need it, and you can use a dollar bill as an emergency boot for repairing a tire. If you've got room left over you can stick in an energy bar or two.

    That will set you up pretty well for anything you're likely to encounter on the bike trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIH-Dave View Post
    My list of necessary items (in order):
    1. Helmet
    2. Full water bottle(s)
    3. Patch kit
    4. Cycling gloves
    5. Cell phone (for just-in-case)
    And some basic first aid items. I take 4" gause pads and white tape in addition to ban aids. A simple fall can create a gash. Eye wash, tweezers and the like.
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    I wear gloves more for the purpose of wiping debris from my tires. Clipless pedals are more comfortable IMO than platforms. The no slipping issue is a very important factor IMO. More so than expeciting to pick up 5 mph by going clipless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIH-Dave View Post
    My list of necessary items (in order):

    1. Helmet
    2. Full water bottle(s)
    3. Patch kit
    4. Cycling gloves
    5. Cell phone (for just-in-case)
    Good list. Also I would add source of air for tire repair. I prefer a pump but CO2 has its advocates too. Also, perhaps Cliff Bar or other munchies for longer rides.

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    I take my entire wallet w/ insurance info, ID, credit cards, cash.
    cellphone w/ list of SAG or taxi drivers, other ICE numbers
    park season passes
    spare batteries for blinkie lights
    CO2 and spare tube, tire irons
    car keys
    If temperature changes look inevitable, I'll bring a very light string rucksack or a small trunk bag.
    On hot days 3-4 water bottles and electrolytes and power bar. Running out of H2O on a hot day out in the boondocks can be a medical emergency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janda View Post
    I plan on riding mostly park trails, creeper trail, etc...what are necessary things I need to look at buying?

    Is it definate that you should wear a helmet? (sorry if thats a dumb question)

    Do I need biking shoes?

    Backpack?

    Sorry these may be stupid questions but im just getting into this!
    I would say, most important, a set of tire levers, a spare tube or two, mini-pump, water bottle and cage, camera. It's a good idea to carry some money and a cell phone if you have one.

    Helmets are a great debate, some people say you need them, some people say you don't, I'm on the fence, nobody has scientifically proven that helmets prevent injury, it's all logical theory, that encasing a head in foam will prevent injury, the only way to truly prove it is to crash exactly the same way with and without a helmet and compare injuries. Unfortunately no safety organization wants to test this, and they would have a problem finding volunteers if they did.

    If your riding over 30km (~19 miles), then you should add a pair of cycling gloves, a pair of cycling shorts, and a bicycle multi-tool.
    If your riding over 50km (~31 miles), then add a second water bottle and cage, rack and a pannier, jacket or rain gear, chain tool, a couple of extra links, and a second spare tube or a patch kit, possibly some quick energy food.
    If your riding over 100km(~62 miles), then you want to carry spare cables, wire cutters, tire boot, extra camera battery, one of those space blankets, bicycle lights.

    Backpacks generally add weight above your centre of gravity, a rack and pannier(s) add weight close to the ground, below the centre of gravity, which provides better balance. Biking shoes, depends on the pedals, if you have pedals that require them, then they are required, if not, then generally you don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wogsterca View Post
    Unfortunately no safety organization wants to test this, and they would have a problem finding volunteers if they did.
    If the job included health insurance, I'd do it.
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    Don't forget the know-how to change a flat.

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    I'm pretty new at this gig, too. I carry the following:

    Water bottle in the cage.
    Multi-tool, tire levers, patch kit, pump, and nitrile gloves in a seat wedge.
    Map, munchies, cell phone, keys, some cash and a spare tube in a belly pouch, aka "butt bag" (it ain't pretty, but it works).

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    I'm kind of a boy scout when it comes to preparedness.

    Here's what I've got:

    Rear Blinkie on Seat Post
    Headlight on Head Tube
    2xBottle Racks,
    2xBottles (or 1xBottle, 1xCoffee Tumbler)
    Pump (mounted behind seat tube bottle rack)
    Bell on Handlebars
    Cyclocomputer w/Cadence (but no HR, gosh-darn-it)
    Helmet w/ rear blinkie (I run it solid at night) & mount for forward flashlight.
    Gloves
    Clipless Pedals w/shoes
    Fleece jacket rolled and strapped behind my saddle (will your riding clothes keep you warm enough if you break down, and are fixing something, walking or waiting for pickup?)

    cycling bibs & jersey; add long-sleeve baselayer shirt, century wind jacket, leg warmers, etc... based on weather

    In my seat wedge:

    Patch Kit
    Spare Tube
    Spare Batteries (for blinkies and headlights)
    Tire Levers
    Multitool
    Zip-ties (recent addition)
    Handlebar bag:

    flashlight to mount on helmet
    reflective ankle straps
    Spare clothes if it gets colder or rains (or empty space for the extra layers I'm wearing)
    powdered energy drink mix, depending on length of ride (sometimes you can find water, but not gatorade)
    food, depending on length of ride
    cell phone, wallet, swiss army knife, lip balm, chamois cream

    Something for self-defense - pepper spray, *******, etc... This, IMO, is especially important on long rides. The first time you find yourself broken down in BFE, with coyotes circling (either the two or four-legged variety), and you'll feel mighty stupid if the best thing you have is a cell phone that has no signal and a tire pump that is good for exactly one solid hit before it breaks and REALLY leaves you stranded.

    Last item? I know most cyclists aren't gonna go there. That's fine; each of us determine for ourselves what level of preparedness we take for situations that we fervently hope and in all probability will never happen.
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    As you can see, everyone's different. I often have at least one pannier on my bike for any ride, since I tend not to stick to trails and frequently run errands while riding. Water bottles, nutrition bars, patch kit (with levers), tube, emergency funds ("bus change"), tire pump, phone, camera, wallet, chapstick, fingernail clippers, car keys, some lightweight towels in addition to the handiwipes (and including a wet towel, for wiping sweat and road grime off my face and hands at the end of the ride).

    By getting off the trails (which, let's face it, can get pretty damned boring after a while, at least around here), I've stumbled over historical sites I hadn't even known existed, seen things I'd never have seen if I'd been running that errand by car instead of by bike simply because of the necessities of route changes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Condorita View Post
    As you can see, everyone's different. I often have at least one pannier on my bike for any ride, since I tend not to stick to trails and frequently run errands while riding. Water bottles, nutrition bars, patch kit (with levers), tube, emergency funds ("bus change"), tire pump, phone, camera, wallet, chapstick, fingernail clippers, car keys, some lightweight towels in addition to the handiwipes (and including a wet towel, for wiping sweat and road grime off my face and hands at the end of the ride).

    By getting off the trails (which, let's face it, can get pretty damned boring after a while, at least around here), I've stumbled over historical sites I hadn't even known existed, seen things I'd never have seen if I'd been running that errand by car instead of by bike simply because of the necessities of route changes.


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    Usually I have a multi tool and rear lights. I usually don't wear a helmet and don't carry a flat repair kit (although I do have them).

    Personally my first choice is good flat resistant tires. If you do carry a flat repair kit get a spare tube, tire levers, and co2 pump. You could probably stick them in a water bottle.

    Second choice would be a rear rack if you do plan on carrying items. You can bungee your backpack, or get some panniers for it.

    I also carry a lock, wallet, and cellphone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    If the job included health insurance, I'd do it.
    Some of the crashes will result in sudden and irrevocable death, still interested?

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    I see a lock was finally mentioned. See my pick to the left? Sometimes you just gotta go, and it's nice to have your bike still there when you're done.

    Otherwise pretty much like others have said:

    A good multi-tool, I can just about do a full overhaul with mine.

    Knowledge of the bike. Tools and tubes are only as good as the user can make use of them.

    Spare tube, patch kit, and two ways to pump up your tire.

    If your bike has Presta valve tubes then add one of the Presta-Schrader adapters.

    Some form of hand cleaner. If you're mechanically inclined and also inclined to help others you can take a pill bottle and fill it with waterless handcleaner like Goop or GoJo.

    Another pill bottle can hold a little grease.

    Learn how to adjust your derailleurs to set your bike up in singlespeed mode by shortening the chain in case you bend the derailleur hanger or if a cable breaks or if the derailleur spring or a pulley wheels breaks. Knowledge comes with time and effort and experience. Learn what you need as you go a little at a time.
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