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    Add-ons & gadgets - what do y'all have?

    When I started commuting on a bike, I bought a hand pump, a cable lock, gloves, and a gel seat cover. Since I often have to ride at night, I needed a light set. Being an older bike, it didn't have pre-drilled holes for attachments, so I didn't get anything else until I got my current bike.

    After getting my Trek, I bought a couple of bottle cages, then a seatbag, and a helmet. When a friend gave me a ride during rain, my lock fell off in his van, so I bought a cheap chain lock to make do for a few days until I could get my cable lock back from him. I now keep that to lock my seat to the frame, and sometimes thread it through my back wheel and helmet straps when I lock it up somewhere. Later on, the same friend bought me a U-lock in return for a favor that I didn't think was that big a deal. About a month ago, I got a cycling computer; I don't know what I'm going to do with the information, but I've been keeping track of my mileage, average speed, and time for various trips. My commuting led me to get the latest two things: a luggage rack on the back, and I changed the knobby off-road tires that came with the bike for some road tires, both sets from Bontrager. I've had the new tires for only a few days, but they seem to be making a difference so far, making my rides faster and smoother.

    For a while after getting my current bike, I continued to use the gel seat cover, but I've stopped, because I don't really need it with this one like I did the previous bike; furthermore, it seems even a little counterproductive, and I feel better off without it.

    For now, about the only thing additional that I want for my bike is a set of toe clips for the pedals. A maybe is a trunk bag for the rack, though the bag I'm currently using seems to be working out fine, even if it's not specifically for cycling.

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    Two headlights by CatEye, a Tail light blinkie, frame pump, toe clips, cyclocomputer, bar ends, two bottle cages, a rear rack, fenders, road slicks (I have an older MTB), and a partridge in a pear tree.
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    Ive got a list of MTB gear here (excel format). Most of it would be useful for road riding also. The items in red are stuff I still need to get.

    In addition to that list I have a computer and 2 bottle cages on my bike. I also got some Shimano SPD pedals and shoes.

    For road riding Ill prolly get a wedge bag since it sucks drying out my Camelbak everyday and I would still like to carry a few items with me.
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    Both bikes:
    Headlight
    Tailllight
    Mini-pump
    mini-tool
    computer
    Camelback

    Road only:
    seat bag
    trunk rack and bag (winter only)

    MTB only:
    pump pack
    fender
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    Most add ons are typical for bikes, but I have: headlight, front flasher, taillight, barend lights, mini pump and/or a frame pump (I take both if going on rides longer then 75 miles), 2 water bottle cages with an optional 3rd that can be installed for longer rides, computer, and the seatbag.

    In the seatbag I carry: Park MTB2 mini tool, very small folding pliers, 2 tire irons, Quik Stik, VAR, folding tire, ultralight tube, 6 glueless patches, boot patch, batteries for the main rear taillight and for the computer, ID, and $40. I carry all this junk because I ride in remote areas where a break down could mean a walk of least 3 hours to get to a phone; plus I have a policy not to treat my wife as my mommy, so I will take every precaution necessary and make every effort to get home on my own so I don't have to call her to come pick me up.

    Also on longer rides of over 75 miles I will take a Camelback Rogue for additional water, a handlebar bag with food, a jacket, a cable with lock, clear glasses for when it gets dark, and spare batteries for the headlight.

    Then depending on what I might be doing, sometimes I pack in the handlebar bag a camera, small scope; and/or a packpacking fly fishing pole (the pole breaks down into 6 sections and can be strapped to the Cameback or to the front of the bar bag), and reel with a tin of flies.

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    I have only one bike which I use for commuting, touring and road riding. It's optimized for commuting and touring.

    -Low rider front rack (currently off)
    -Front full fender + mudflap
    -Handlebar bag
    -Headlight (on stem, will probably put it on low-rider hoop later)
    -Amber LED light (set on solid, on right fork, angled at 45° to be seen from front and right side. Will put one on left fork as well.)
    -Computer
    -Pump
    -3 bottle cages with 1 or 2 bottles.Third is for Gatorade or juice
    -Red LED light (set on solid, angled 45° to be seen from rear and left side)
    -Rear full fender
    -Rear rack
    -Red LED light on rear rack, set on flash mode

    I add a left rear pannier for commuting and both rear or all 4 panniers for touring. I don't always use the seatpost and amber LED lights.
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    Its amazing how many little things you pick up for your bike as time goes on. I have the basics: Cateye computer, front light, rear light, small pump, gloves
    and a gel seat.

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    Came with the bike (ignoring the fundamental parts of the bike):

    * Front (white), rear (red) and spoke (orange) reflectors
    * Bar ends (short and cheap...)
    * Bottle cage

    Already added:

    * Kickstand
    * Plastic fenders
    * Computer (simple: speed, avg speed, trip distance, total dist, time and top speed)
    * Rear rack
    * Headlamp
    * Bottle-type generator and cabling
    * Rear LED/reflector
    * Bell
    * Chainguard (plastic outer ring)
    * Waste bin frame attached to the right side of the rear rack, acting as a basket for carrying groceries and school books (looks a bit like this, only smaller: )
    * U-lock (no space to actually secure it permanently, so I just lock it through the rear rack when I ride)

    To be added in the next month:

    * Small plastic thermometer (cheap plastic, but tested for accuracy by myself - will use electrician's tape to fasten it to the top tube, near the head tube)
    * Proper metal fenders, with mudflaps
    * Rigid fork, with eyelets (to replace the suspension fork without eyelets I have now)
    * New, shorter stem
    * Wide drop bars with straight parts where you hold the hands (46 cm)
    * New brake handles (to be mounted on the drops)
    * Seat bag (large bag to be hung under the saddle, for tools)
    * Pump (Topeak Road Morph)

    To be added early next year (February/March):

    * Front rack and lowriders
    * Custom-made pannier wire frames (I'll build them together with my granddad - he's a good welder)
    * Custom-made rear and front panniers (I'll make them myself)
    * Handlebar bag (might buy one, might make one myself)
    * Pedal reflectors (orange)
    * Narrow slicks for both wheels (1.25-1.3 or so)
    * New front wheel with disc brake hub (will build it myself, to learn)
    * Mechanical disc brake in front
    * New shifters, unless I get used to having my existing ones mounted far from the drops
    * 1 or 2 extra bottle cages (if I can fit them)
    * LED front light (in addition to the generator-driven bulb, for use in decent light conditions)
    * Chainguard shielding the entire forward/bottom part of the chainrings) (custom made, if I get it working the way I plan)

    That's all I can think of now...
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    My touring style commuter/hack has the following:
    Luggage rack
    sks fenders with reflector on rear
    LED rear lamp
    Dynamo front lamp.
    Nylon bottle cage wired to hold lead-acid battery in bottle.
    Toe clips
    Elastic bunji chord to hold U-lock on rack.
    Plastic bags stuffed under saddle.
    Everything else I need to carry goes inside the panniers

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    I've got GPS, plus a multifunction watch with barometer and altimeter.

    Here's a new item for anyone with XM radio:

    http://www.xmradio.com/myfi/index.jsp

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    On my commuter.
    I put spoke reflectors on (law) and took off my front and rear reflector (not law).
    Two cateye EL500 headlamps on the front, niterider taillight on the back. Home made battery case inside my saddle pack along with extra tube, chain tool, multitool, patch kit, and an energy bar.
    Two bottle cages. Bell (law). Bike computer. Bar ends. New grips. Thinner slicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by froze

    . . . plus I have a policy not to treat my wife as my mommy, so I will take every precaution necessary and make every effort to get home on my own so I don't have to call her to come pick me up. . . .
    This is funny! I have picked my husband up many times due to time constrictions for his ride home from work, weather and lack of sleep and we have an understanding: I pick him up on the weekdays when he rides if he needs it and he picks me up should I need it on the weekends when I take my longer rides--and he knows darn well he can gripe at me -- once -- at having to pick me up, but he better be there quick!
    I . . can . . . doooo . . . it

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    I use my hybrid bike 90% for commuting to work
    Current stuff:
    - Headlight
    - Cateye Tail light
    - Computer
    - Mini-pump
    - Spare tube, tire levers
    - Allan key tool
    - Bell
    - Cable Lock
    - Rear Rack/Panners
    - Cel Phone
    - Studded Tires (swap with road slicks as needed)

    Near Future Stuf:
    - Full Fenders
    - Better headlight
    - Mirror
    - Bar Ends
    - Toe clips
    - Additional LED flashing lights, reflectors

    (All this stuff is still cheaper than the one repair on my wife's van today )

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    Over the past six months I have added the following items to my commuter Marin Verona:

    - Removable SKS fenders
    - Schwalb Marathon tires
    - VDO-10 bike computer
    - new BBB ergo saddle
    - LED rear light
    - Shimano Durace pedals and toe-clips
    - full sized Zefal road pump
    - break down kit in a small seat bag (Crank bros 17 bit tool, patch kit, small 4" vice grips, park tire levers and a spare tube)
    - 3M reflective tape and reflective Cinelli handlebar wrap for night commuting
    - Jet-Lite single headlight
    - Rivendell bottle cage

    On my wishlist -

    Mavic Kryserium wheelset

    Not quite "Pimp my Ride".... but getting close. I commute about 150 miles a week.
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    On my commuter:

    CyGo light
    mini-pump
    Scotch-light tape on frame and rims
    REI seatbag (cont.: tube, patch kit, Crank Bros. multitool, tire levers, ID)
    Cateye Mity 8 computer
    SKS Raceblade fenders

    On my racer:

    Cateye Mity 8 computer
    Specialized Mini-wedge bag (cont.: tube, tire lever, CO2 cartridge and Air Chuck)
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Quote Originally Posted by foehn
    This is funny! I have picked my husband up many times due to time constrictions for his ride home from work, weather and lack of sleep and we have an understanding: I pick him up on the weekdays when he rides if he needs it and he picks me up should I need it on the weekends when I take my longer rides--and he knows darn well he can gripe at me -- once -- at having to pick me up, but he better be there quick!
    I don't consider it funny, I consider it being an adult. I didn't get married to have a mommy, if I wanted that I would have not gotten married and lived the rest of my life with my mommy. I have only had to call my wife two times in 25 years and 145,000 miles of bike riding (I was married to her during that time), once from the hospital after an accident that dislocated my shoulder and totaled the bike, and the other after I got so sick with diarrhea and after 6 stops to relieve myself only to find myself too weak to ride the rest of the 14 miles back home and the diarrhea was getting worse (my wife brought me Ammonia AD stuff and still had to stop on car ride home several times). I do call her if I have had some sort of problem I had to fix to tell her I'm going to be late so she doesn't worry.

    I rode my bike home after an emergency situation at work kept me up for 48 hours without sleep and actually had to do this many times; I rode the bike home with migrane headaches. I rode my bike home after an accident with bloody knees and elbows, jammed fingers with stones imbedded in the flesh, dislocated shoulder that popped back into place by itself (different accident then the one I had to go to the hospital for), bent wheel I had to fix first. Walked over 16 miles once due to tire problems. Pain for me is not the issue, physical weakness caused by flu symptoms is another story. With pain as long as your mobile you can keep going, physical weakness from illness will stop you.
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    I only have one bike that works;
    On it, I have bar ends, Cateye Astrale 8 computer, and a cheap water bottle cage.

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    All my bikes get at minimum a bell, rear flasher, front light(or mount for swappin'), tool kit and pump. The bells come in quite handy while avoiding pedestrians.

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    I can't believe nobody has a mirror. One guy has it in his near future list.
    Mirror is one of the most important things you'll ever buy. If you ride on the road, with traffic, it is invaluable, especially when you are suddenly put in a difficult situation by a stupid car, and taking the time to do a big headcheck behind you, could cause you big trouble.
    Its maximum $20US dollars for a good quality (convex (the shape allows more of the surroundings to be seen)) mirror, and they are sturdy, unless you drop them, then they break (I've experienced that).
    Anyway, this is probably the 2nd most important gadget besides the speedo you'll need. GET IT

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    Maybe if you ride in heavy city traffic, but I prefer to use my ears.
    I can hear all cars and motorcycles long before I can see them where I ride, so they can't really sneak up on me.
    When I hear them around a hundred metres (4-5 secs) behind me, I turn my head to check what kinds and how many there are, then look forward again and just wait for them to pass. While they are passing me, I shift some focus to my peripheral vision, and keep track of them that way.
    I have no need for a mirror.

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    I have next to nothing on the bike, but was thinkin of adding a set of those narrow Profile areobars so I can take naps on those really long rides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by froze
    Idon't consider it funny, I consider it being an adult. I didn't get married to have a mommy, if I wanted that I would have not gotten married and lived the rest of my life with my mommy. . . I do call her if I have had some sort of problem I had to fix to tell her I'm going to be late so she doesn't worry.
    Don't get me wrong, I am not his mommy, and he knows it! His commute, round-trip, is about 48 miles and he's been late due to flats and such, but he is willing to concede to nature and give me a call when necessary. Once in a while that last mile-and-a-half climb up the hill to our house is just too much, especially in the summertime in the smog and heat at around 5:50, the worst time for the smog around here.

    Quote Originally Posted by froze
    . . . Pain for me is not the issue, physical weakness caused by flu symptoms is another story. With pain as long as your mobile you can keep going, physical weakness from illness will stop you.
    Obviously your tolerance for pain is somewhat higher than other's tolerance for pain. Your tolerance for pain is waaaay higher than mine, that's for sure. I figure that a person can work through a certain level of pain, but everyone should know their limits, after all pain can be an indicator of damage and further damage. I have been married to my husband for 17 years, and on the infrequent times he says he needs a ride home, he needs a ride home and I appreciate the fact that he is willing to call me when he needs one. I like being needed ONCE in a while!




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    Commuter bike:
    toe clips, mini pump, bottle cage, computer, seat bag with patch kit and tire levers,
    cool weather gloves, led taillight, (crappy) led headlight, rear rack, big rack trunk (a super deal for $20)

    I *had* a nicer computer and seat bag on my bike that got stolen in August

    Maybe I should get some fenders too...
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    All I have gotten so far is gel seat cover,cage for a water bottle,a little cheapy speedo for the milage (not installed yet but soon)and a mirror.I got it so I could see my daughter when she goes with me.
    I want a sprung seat post and a different set of tires.would really like a set of sprung front forks but haven't got that far yet.not sure if I ever will either.not with this bike.

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    - break down kit in a small seat bag (Crank bros 17 bit tool, patch kit, small 4" vice grips, park tire levers and a spare tube)

    What do you do with those 4" vice grips?
    I usually carry needle-nosed pliers, now in a mini-leatherman tool, and Ive used them for all kinds of repairs.

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