Campy or bust :p
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Knoxville, TN
Bikes: Surly Karate Monkey commuter build
Picking up a new bike tomorrow, need suggestions
Hey, I'm new here.. first post. I haven't ridden in a few years, and I'm looking to get back into things by commuting to & from work (only about 2.5 miles each way) and around town. The bike I'm getting is a 2005 Specialized Hardrock Pro Disc. I live in Knoxville, TN where the weather is usually pretty good all the way up until mid-November and even then we barely dip below 35F. I already have a helmet from owning my previous bike, so I'm good to go there. Obviously I'll need a lock, so I'd like some input as to what I should look for in a good lock. Knoxville's not a huge city and so crime isn't outrageous. At the very worst I'll need a taillight.... I'll probably pick up a relatively inexpensive headlight as well so as to be seen better (probably upgrade to something nicer in the near future). Any other suggestions for must-have commuting gear? Weather at the moment is 70F daytime and 55-60 nighttime lows, so cold weather gear won't be necessary just yet. I have clipless pedals and shoes from my old bike, but one thing I've noticed is how few people mention that they ride with clipless pedals. Any particular reason why not? Previously when I commuted, I did on average of 180-200 miles a week, but never made any effort to actually prepare for being a commuter outside of putting Continental Town & Country tires. I've decided on IRC Mythos XC slick tires for this bike due to it being a decent hardpack tire along with (from what I've read) being a decent around-town tire. Eh, that's all I can think of for now. Anyone else have any suggestions to throw my way?