NOOB here. I made my very first post on this forum yesterday in an attempt to collect some advice as to which Hybrid bicycle to purchase...
Today I am making my 2nd post to inform you that I just purchased a 2011 Black Sirrus Sport from my LBS!!!! (pics to come)
It is my first bike and I will mostly be riding roads and paved sidewalks for fitness and possibly some commuting. I am absolutely in love with my new hobby and bike and hope to enjoy it for years to come.
My reason for this thread besides to brag about my new bike, is to be a complete NOOB and gather some suggestions for what I should do next now that I have this brand new bike. Here are a few questions I have:
1. Are they any tune-ups or mechanical things I can do MYSELF to improve my bike? I have seen some people talk about inverting the handlebars (i think). Does that just mean turning them upside down so they curve down instead of up? I think I might be interested in this to give the bike a slightly less "upright" feel. Is that what this is for? Can I do it myself?
2. Like I've said, I'm interested in enjoying this bike for years to come and can't wait to start buying accessories and components. Right now, all I have is a front LED light and a water bottle cage the LBS gave me for free (super siked about that). What should I look at next? I think my first purchase might be some bar ends but what else can should I buy to trick this baby out? Are new tires important? Rims? Diff brakes? Shoes? Pedals? What does the bikeforums community suggest?
3. Lastly, is there anything I need to purchase in regards to properly maintaining the bike? Again I have very little knowledge of the mechanics of bikes but am very handy and more than willing/eager to learn.
Thank you so much to anyone who takes the time to read this short novel and respond. I plan on being a very active member of this forum and the cycling community for years to come!