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Old 04-14-11, 12:27 AM   #1
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Newbie getting his first real bike tomorrow (Trek Soho S) - Things to ask my LBS?

Hey guys,

I know many of you here are seasoned professionals when it comes to bikes and know them in and out completely. So I was wondering if you guys could help me out here. I'm getting a 2011 Trek Soho S tomorrow, and I'm real excited. I plan on making sure that I leave the store with top-notch locks (ideally if they have it a Krypotine NYU Fagheddabboutit Mini U-Lock and some cable for the front wheel), and possibly better pedals/seats because I heard the ones that come with the Soho S are not the best.

Besides that however, I was wondering if you guys know of anything else important (or not-so-important) that I should ask my LBS before I leave it with my bike? Because I do not want to go to this place again anytime soon since it's sorta far (20+ minutes away and my mom has to drive me lol). So I don't want this to happen:

I'm riding my bike and I feel that [certain thing] is not right size/working properly/adjusted correctly, etc. Things that I may not even really understand or know because I'm such a newbie.

Whatever it is, anything you feel that I should get checked out/asked out before I leave the LBS, I would unbelievably appreciate it I could be informed about it.

Thank you so much!
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Old 04-14-11, 12:34 AM   #2
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Assuming you're in NYC, you might want to spray paint it in an ugly paint scheme if you plan on locking it up in a public place. A brand new 2011 Soho S would definitely be a thief magnet.
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Old 04-14-11, 12:35 AM   #3
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I'm in Los Angeles. Downtown.
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Definitely get a good lock. And I recommend that you don't get a seat right now. Ride the bike and see how it feels and then decide if you want a different one.

Also are you planning to use clipless pedals? Or standard platform pedals?
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Old 04-14-11, 12:40 AM   #5
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Platform pedals. I've never tried clipless pedals, but I'm not too interested because it seems like a nuisance to always have the proper shoes on whenever you want to ride your bike.

And thanks for the recommendation regarding the seat! I'll keep that in mind.
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Old 04-14-11, 01:55 PM   #6
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Got Helmet?

A headlamp, red blinky for the rear, and a rack are all good to have.

And a patch kit, tire levers and a pump.
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Old 04-14-11, 04:10 PM   #7
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Got Helmet?
Very useful to prevent a graze or a bump if you fall off the bike out of sheer klutzness; zero use if you're hit by a car or otherwise in danger of serious injury. (The helmet spec requires the things to be good for about a 12mph hit, taking the mass of the head only. None of them greatly exceed it.) Wear one if you like - just don't take the thing seriously because then "risk compensation" may set in.

Anyway. I'd suggest a Selle SMP seat - the cheapest and widest one for a bike with this riding position. And security skewers for the wheels (a cable can be cut in a single snip; skewers are much more hassle.)

Re. the U-lock, read - because if you don't use your u-lock with cunning then even the mightiest will be removed in less than a minute with a bottlejack.

Other good things:

- Kool Stop Salmon brake pads if you're going to ride in the wet

- Marathon Supreme tyres in whatever width the standard tyres are - fast, grippy, highly puncture resistant. Ask for a refund on the standard tyres.

- Ergon grips

- A bike mirror. Use it as an extra source of rear vision, not as a substitute for looking behind you when manoeuvring.

- A cycling multitool with hex keys

- A chain cleaner and cleaning gunk, chain lube, chain cleaning brush.
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Old 04-14-11, 11:34 PM   #8
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You're a newb and you had gumption to go for a single speed? Hats off to you! Honestly I wish I would have picked a single speed for my first bike.

For a bike like that the first thing I would throw on it is a set of Ergon grips with bar ends. Ever since high school I've never ridden a flat bar bike without bar ends, they're an absolute must for climbing! But don't position them straight up like I see many people do, how can they use them like that?

A blinky tail light is a must (Planet Bike Superflash), perhaps a blinky head light as well. Bicycle computers are cool (I always use the Planet Bike Protege' 9.0). Also fenders are a must if you plan on riding in the rain like we do up here in Seattle.

Awesome bike you purchased, have fun!
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Old 04-15-11, 10:57 AM   #9
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Down town LA is one of the top 10 bike thieves heaven in the entire county of Los Angeles,whatever you want to lock your bike is never enough,check out Youtube how fast a bike can be stolen ( should i say taken ? ).
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