Great forum, I've gotten a lot of useful information from here and am ready to dive into cycling. After some research, I settled on the Trek 7.3FX since it will fit my needs for now. But other than a helmet, I haven't purchased anything else. I've noticed that there is a plethora of accessories and gadgets for bikes, and I wanted to know what I actually need.
My riding will be mainly composed of riding around the streets (suburbs) where I live for exercise, then doing some paved and packed dirt trails, then eventually buying a trailer and towing my 20 month old around. Here are my questions regarding what I need for this type of riding:
I will need to at least carry a cell phone and keys while riding, especially when doing trails, I can't imagine carrying anything bigger than that. What is the best way to carry these items, a saddle/seat bag? Handlebar bag? Just stuff them in my pockets?
I'd like to get a read on how fast I'm going and what kind of time I'm doing for the same ride every day/week, what computer should I pick up for these basic functions? Are cadence or heart rate monitor a valuable addition?
I'm going to be riding in sneakers, shorts and a t-shirt, is there any reason to invest in jerseys, or bicycle shorts, or cycling shoes?
4. Other accessories:
I see a lot of other accessories being discussed (i.e. lights, toolset, flat-tire repair, etc.), the one that sticks out to me is a water bottle and cage, how highly is this recommended?
That's it for now, I pick up my bike later tonight and am excited on going on my first ride. Also, please feel free to throw in anything else I might need that I may have forgotten.
Basically, I'm looking for the things that are absolutely essential for cycling, so any recommendations are highly appreciated. Thank you!