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Old 08-05-13, 09:19 AM   #1
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Some Equipment Questions

1) Pumps. I want to mount a compact pump to my bike, but I NEED one actually capable of putting out 100PSI. My Schwinn foot pump is rated for 100PSI, but is incapable of pumping any tire up past 60PSI. Is my Schwinn a dud or is this indicative of most smallish pumps? Anyone have a recommendation on a good hand pump?

2) Computers. My LBS gave me a deal on one (or so I had thought) when I purchased my bike but it fell off while the bike was on the rack on my car yesterday so it's already time for a new one. I don't need one with a ton of features, just basics like tripometer, speedometer, odometer .... the rest is gravy. What are the most common/popular brands of cycle computers?

3) Shorts. I want to get into better riding gear (Jeans and a T-Shirt have been what I've been going with so far) but don't want to shell out $100 (or even half that to be honest) for top-o-line bike shorts. What should I be considering? Are there "casual" biking clothes out there for the person that rides only a few times per week and isn't running 20 miles at a time? Is there a "bargain" brand of riding attire that stands out as having above-average quality for their price point?
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Old 08-05-13, 09:31 AM   #2
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1. Topeak Road Morph G. Your "Schwinn" pump is just cheap ... no offense.
2. Sigma - good, usually cheap, barebones. I've used one on my road bike for several years now, never had an issue.
3. Eh ... you get what you pay for, so just bear that in mind. You buy cheap stuff, you'll be replacing it sooner than if you shell out some added money for quality stuff.

For all of this stuff, and to save a buck, I'd recommend a visit to nashbar.com. No affiliation, just a satisified customer.
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1. Topeak Road Morph with Gauge

2. Cateye, Sigma

3. Falconi Deluxe Bibshorts from Love2Pedal.com. $36.95/pair or two pairs for $68. Save $5 with coupon code 'CLYD'.
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1) Pumps. I want to mount a compact pump to my bike, but I NEED one actually capable of putting out 100PSI. My Schwinn foot pump is rated for 100PSI, but is incapable of pumping any tire up past 60PSI. Is my Schwinn a dud or is this indicative of most smallish pumps? Anyone have a recommendation on a good hand pump?
My Topeak pump can get my tyres up to 80-90psi without feeling like I'm going to die doing it. I forget exactly what model it is, I think it's the Mountain Morph with gauge. In theory it will go to about 120psi I think but I've never used it to get anything like that. I've taken 2.25" MTB tyres from flat to about 60psi and 700x32 tyres from flat to 80psi easily enough, and taking a 700x25 from about 40psi (slow flat) to 90psi took less than a minute.

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2) Computers. My LBS gave me a deal on one (or so I had thought) when I purchased my bike but it fell off while the bike was on the rack on my car yesterday so it's already time for a new one. I don't need one with a ton of features, just basics like tripometer, speedometer, odometer .... the rest is gravy. What are the most common/popular brands of cycle computers?
That's why you take things off the bike if they might shake loose

My wife has a Sigma cheapie, a little wired thing that tells her current speed and distance.

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3) Shorts. I want to get into better riding gear (Jeans and a T-Shirt have been what I've been going with so far) but don't want to shell out $100 (or even half that to be honest) for top-o-line bike shorts. What should I be considering? Are there "casual" biking clothes out there for the person that rides only a few times per week and isn't running 20 miles at a time? Is there a "bargain" brand of riding attire that stands out as having above-average quality for their price point?
If you're expecting to get thinner then I'd agree you want to spend a little on the basis you're hoping to have to get rid of your shorts next year on the basis they are too big for you. In the UK we have very cheap stuff available once in a while from stores like Lidl and Aldi (I think you get Aldi in the US). The products are cheap, some of them are cheap and shoddy but most of them are cheap and at least mostly useable. Personally I wear lycra shorts with looser shorts over the top - the overshorts give me pockets and the world doesn't need to see my fat ass in lycra.
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I just use the cheap Bell (F12?) computers from the box stores.
They do what you asked plus AVE speed, time, MAX speed and a clock. Metric or English.

Also, you can convert them to a cadence meter if you lengthen the wire and add 3-5 magnets to your crank.
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This is the smallest pump that I have been able to find that will not loose its air when releasing...

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Best hand pump, C02 cartridge. I know, I know popcorn please

I had great service out of Cateye stuff but, being a data junkie all roads eventually led to Garmin.

Shorts, I'd recommend bibs and I'm not sure going the cheap route is the answer on this one.
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Pump - Road morph G, I've had mine for 6 years and it still works great.

Computer - whatever is on sale at Nashbar.
http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...06_-1___202370

Shorts - whatever is on sale at Nashbar, anything is better than jean shorts.
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Topeak Road Morph . .
Best portable pump out there... have no problem filling either my road or mountain bike tires (road 110 MTB to 40)

As for floor pumps - I love my Specialized pump... I have no problem going up to 140/150 psi... I used it to add air to my car tires! This pump is not cheap but it's a good investment.

Shorts: Do not go cheap with shorts. Invest in at least two good pairs. As for tops, any athletic style top made of wicking material will do. Some of my favorite are from Target and JC Pennys. About $20. Shorts - I spend around $100 - $120.

Computer: I use a Garmin GPS. It goes in my pack not on my bike so I won't lose it that way. If just starting out get one with "cadence" to help with your pedal strokes... most of my friends now just rely on STRAVA - have a smart phone, you get STRAVA... just remember to carry an extra battery.
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[QUOTE=Billy10mm;15927061]1) Pumps. I want to mount a compact pump to my bike, but I NEED one actually capable of putting out 100PSI. My Schwinn foot pump is rated for 100PSI, but is incapable of pumping any tire up past 60PSI. Is my Schwinn a dud or is this indicative of most smallish pumps? Anyone have a recommendation on a good hand pump?The schwinn is a dud. Topeak road morph g for the bike and any Joe Blow or similar for the house. Buy this stuff at your bike shop not a sporting goods store.

2) Computers. My LBS gave me a deal on one (or so I had thought) when I purchased my bike but it fell off while the bike was on the rack on my car yesterday so it's already time for a new one. I don't need one with a ton of features, just basics like tripometer, speedometer, odometer .... the rest is gravy. What are the most common/popular brands of cycle computers? Cateye wireless Strada.

3) Shorts. I want to get into better riding gear (Jeans and a T-Shirt have been what I've been going with so far) but don't want to shell out $100 (or even half that to be honest) for top-o-line bike shorts. What should I be considering? Are there "casual" biking clothes out there for the person that rides only a few times per week and isn't running 20 miles at a time? Is there a "bargain" brand of riding attire that stands out as having above-average quality for their price point? A hundred dollars is not top of the line. This is the one spot on the bike that you don't want to skimp. You don't want to be uncomfortable a mile into your ride.
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A hundred dollars is not top of the line. This is the one spot on the bike that you don't want to skimp. You don't want to be uncomfortable a mile into your ride.
You don't have to pay hundreds of dollars to get a good pair of shorts. I own, literally, a dozen pairs of Love2Pedal's $37 Falconi Deluxe bibs. Also own two pairs of Assos $250/pair FI.Mille bibs, so I know how good expensive bibs can be. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Falconi shorts to anyone looking for a decent short at a bargain price. I like them much more than the $100/pair Pearl Izumi shorts they replaced... though the Assos Mille are a bit nicer overall.
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i agree Topeak Road Morph with Gauge..
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1. I can't comment on the Topeak Morph that everyone seems to be on about, 'cause I've never used one of those. However, I do recommend you purchase two pumps. A floor pump for the daily habit of topping tires up before each ride and a compact frame pump for the rare occassion when you need to repair an on road puncture. I happen to like Lezyne products. But, there are plenty of fully functional alternatives. If you don't know what your preference is, check out as many LBSs as you have and repay the opportunity of checking things out in person by purchasing from one of them.

2. Cycle computers. I love my Garmin. But, for good, simple, reliable cycle computers Cateye. That's what Mrs. Fred and a number of my riding buddies have.

3. Shorts? Make that Bibs! They don't make immediate sense to some newbies, but, they are the all kinds of good compared to standard shorts. Whatever fits and works for you, without regard for price (high or low). Bibs that don't fit you are a waste of money no matter how much or how little you paid for them. I have bibs that range from cheap clearance sale Nettis that I like quite a bit to some top of the line Pearl Izumi Pros that I also like. I also have some other midrange Pearl Izumis as well as Campagnolo and Sugoi, all of which function but aren't my favorites.
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1.) I'll also vote for the Topeak Road Morph G. I use a Joe Blow floor pump at home and it can easily get me up to 110-120psi. My Topeak gets me up to 110psi with minimal effort (the last 20-30psi difficulty is offset by the T-shaped handle). I got my for $25, with gauge, during a PerformanceBike.com sale and my floor pump was probably another $25-30.

2.) I went with the Strada Cateye wired (also from Performance) and that ran me $24.95 and does everything I need. It took me less than 10 minutes to setup and assuming you measure the correct wheel circumference is pretty accurate for a ~$25 computer.

I tried Strava on my last group ride and although it's very cool, I didn't love the battery consumption on my iPhone. On a 30 mile ride it burned 23% of my charge and that was with the screen off, probably another 10-15% if the screen had been on the entire time. The data it generates is pretty nice, though and far superior to my $25 computer. The good news, it's free to use.

3.) I'll agree with others on shorts. I bought a cheapo pair and was very uncomfortable. I ended up visiting an REI and apparently my size was on overstock so I picked up a few pair of baggy mountain bike shorts with the appropriate lining and they're extremely comfortable. Plus the guys behind me (which are very few in a group ride setting) don't have to stare at my frame in skin tight shorts.

I encourage to glance through the clearance ride at the big box stores if you have the opportunity. I was an XXL with one brand and XL in a second and not that miserable in a L with a third.
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I have the bottom one in the pic provided by 10 Wheels - a Mini Morph. It's all I used last year until I purcased a floor pump. Great exercise. heh.


Computer: Planet Pretege 9.0 Wired. I like the display best, but the "buttonless" design may not be perfect.

Shorts: $26 REI "under shorts" - thin padded so fits under my cheap nylon shorts and pants, but has the chamious advantage of no-seams-where-they-rub. At $26 I can afford to replace with better ones once I understand what I really need. And at REI, if they do dissappoint me, anytime I can return, no questions asked. Win-win.

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1. I have a Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HPG (i.e. the one with the gauge), which has a better mount IMHO than the Road Morph and is otherwise very similar. It does the job.

2. I still use a wired computer -- a Cateye Strada Double Wired, because I like having cadence. But any inexpensive computer will do the trick for what you want.

3. Comfort varies. I prefer minimal padding, so I'm OK with relatively inexpensive triathlon shorts, even on long rides. Buy something moderately priced from REI and find out what you do/don't like about it for the next purchase.
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Thank you everyone for the replies. I've read each and every one. Clearly the Topeak is the way to go with pumps and I'm ordering one today. The computer I lost was a Cateye and the jury's still out on what I replace it with. Garmin is way too expensive and full-featured for what I need at this point in time. Thank you for the recommend on the bibs. I'd never thought about them, but will likely purchase the Falconi Deluxe's at Love2Pedal.com (seems to be a great price).
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As far as computers ... go cheap ... wired is what I prefer. Just something to track the miles, speed and more importantly my cadence. If I want mapping, etc I use Endomondo or Strava on my smartphone, which is a great option if you have a smartphone
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1. Topeak Road Morph with Gauge

2. Cateye, Sigma

3. Falconi Deluxe Bibshorts from Love2Pedal.com. $36.95/pair or two pairs for $68. Save $5 with coupon code 'CLYD'.
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