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Old 05-20-07, 08:05 PM   #1
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Starting to commute this week!

Well after losing a bit of weight I have decided to start commuting to work via bike. I just purchased my first bike since I sold my Trek 7000 MTB back in 2001. I purchased a Giant FCR1 for my 17 mile RT commute. The bike should be arriving this Thursday so I'll start my commute hopefully on Friday.

What accessories should a commuter always have? Below is the list of items I think I will need. Can you all please give a newb some help on which accessories I should or should not purchase?

-Safety Taillight (I'll save the front light purchase for later when the short days come back)
-Water bottle & Cage
-Computer w/ cadence
-Helmet
-Topeak rack & Bag w/ expandable panniers
-Flat Kit
-Mini Pump
-Saddle Bag
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Old 05-20-07, 09:38 PM   #2
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Welcome to the club! Beware it is quite addicting.

Have you checked out the Advice for New Commuters thread yet? As for your shopping list, that is a good start. It is basically what I started with. Although, saddle bags and panniers are basically the same thing.

Happy commuting!
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Old 05-20-07, 09:40 PM   #3
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Looks like you have the "must haves" all in check already, with a few extras to boot!
welcome to the commuting club.
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