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Old 05-28-11, 06:54 PM   #1
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Which Accessories and Which Specific Ones?

New bikes tomorrow for the Mrs. and me, but need to begin to buy necessary items for the bikes.

I believe we should/must have:

water carrier
Tire pump
patch kit

I do not believe we need lighting at this point.

Are there any other items we need?
What brands of the above provide good value?

I have a handheld Garmin which should take care of logging miles traveled, etc.?/

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Old 05-28-11, 09:37 PM   #2
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For now I think you have it covered. As far as brands go I don't think it makes much difference for the items you mentioned. If you are not comfortable with fixing a flat you may want to have the bike shop give you a quick run through. Have them actually remove the tire and replace the tube so you know how it goes. You don't want to be out some where and not have a tire lever or new tube, or worse yet not know how. The patch kit is OK for patching the tube at home but not so much on the side of the road. You may want to get a C02 set up but check with your local bike shop (LBS). Good luck and be safe.
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Old 05-29-11, 01:34 AM   #3
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Rema patch kit, Topeak morph pump (the hose is great, and there are several models to choose from), RackTime make nice racks, and the lock is situation and location dependent. Oh, and I've never had a problem with a cheap water bottle cage.
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Not much point in having a patch kit and pump if you can't get the tire off, so you'll want a set of tire levers. The plastic Park levers work well and are commonly available. I'd suggest carrying an extra tube, too. It's much easier to install a new tube and repair the puncture later when you can let the patch set for a while.

Also, I think you'll want a seat pack to carry the stuff in. I'm not sure why you need a rack at this point.

If you plan to ride in traffic, I'd suggest a bright, blinking taillight. It helps to draw motorists attention. The Planet Bike Superflash seems to be the standard and costs about $30.

Unless you're looking for opinions on specific brands of accessories, I'd suggest that you buy what the LBS has available. Most of these will work well enough. They may offer you a discount on accessories since you're buying a bike from the store.
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Old 05-30-11, 11:49 AM   #5
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+1 on Steve530's comments - You'll need tire levers, and the patch kit is for when I have time (at home) or after the 2nd spare tube (I carry 2 because Murphy's Law & I go back a long way) fails. A small-medium size seat bag (or go racer style and use jersey pockets) is sufficient and ensures it is all on the bike. Even if you don't know how to replace a tube and fix a flat, someone else will and having your own tools and tube ensure it fits your bike. And topeak morph pumps rock (what I have on my commuter).

An inexpensive wired bike computer will give accurate enough distance and speed, and isn't as vulnerable to damage or battery failure as your garmin.

The PBSF (or similar small but stupid-bright taillights) are handy for riding near dusk or traffic. The cheap blinkies are not bright enough to get noticed by a driver in time.

When my wife and I go riding together (not often enough!), I carry one cable lock to secure both bikes if we are planning a snack or lunch stop and won't be with the bikes.

Congrats on the new bikes!
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Old 05-31-11, 07:53 AM   #6
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I'd carry a spare tube instead of patches, save the patching for when you get home. Some glueless patches take up almost no space and might save you if you get a 2nd puncture before getting home.

Personally I like to carry a multitool with a chain tool, and a pair of pliers and some zip ties. Given those you can limp home after almost anything.
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Old 05-31-11, 05:31 PM   #7
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Thanks for the great advice. We have spent some more money on the following:

generic water bottle holders
Park Tool TL-1 Tire Levers
Topeak Road Morph (TRP-3G) Pump
Topeak Alien II 26 Function Multi Tool
Spare Tube

Need to get a patch kit, but should be good to go soon.

15 mile first ride yesterday, with a 2 hour break mid way (Memorial Day Parade and BBQ)

Fun and no aches!!
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