Born Again Pagan
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Southwestern Ontario
Bikes: Schwinn hybrid, Raleigh MTB
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Congrats on the new bike. You must be really tall... that frame looks huge!
Assuming that your model is the Elite Disc your brakes are Shimano mechanicals. Not bad; there are worse brakes out there, but there are also better. In any case you should tell your LBS about them, they might just need an adjustment. If they're properly adjusted and you still don't feel confident with their performance, then you might want to consider an upgrade to Avid BB7, which are considered the gold standard for mechanical disc brakes and would be a straightforward swap.
Don't let anyone tell you that kickstands are not for real riders. I find my kickstand to be indispensable, especially when loading or unloading the bike.
Dunno about that Nexride saddle. Interesting concept; let us know how you like it.
Your LBS should be able to order the Topeak TriBag that you linked to since Topeak is a common brand of bicycle accessories.
I use a Topeak rack and a trunk bag that integrate together. The setup is very slick and well-made. Since your rear brake caliper is mounted on the chainstay you don't need a disc-specific rack, so I would ask your LBS to order (along with your Topeak TriBag) a Topeak Super Tourist DX Tubular Rack
and matching MTX TrunkBag DXP
. I use the same rack and the extra horizontal bar means my pannier and trunk bag don't interfere with each other, and helps keep the center of gravity lower. I also use a trunk bag-only version of the bag I've recommended and I'm very happy with it.
Lastly, for pedals that will work with any type of footwear your can't go wrong with BMX-style platform pedals:
Do yourself a favor and spend a few extra bucks to get pedals with sealed bearings.
Whatever you decide, get out there and enjoy that bike, and always ride safe!