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    Noob about to buy first bike! Is this a good choice? What else do I need?

    I'm about to buy a Giant Escape 2 from my LBS as my first bike. My main question is what accessories do I need and should I get those from the LBS also? I know I need a helmet and lock, is there anything else that I need? Should I buy those from the LBS or are they generally cheaper online?

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    Welcome To Bike Forums, Zerg!

    Make certain that you have a nice pair of gloves, a patch kit, and a portable bicycle pump. It would be nice to be able to attach your U lock to the seat tube of your bicycle. You will also need water bottles.

    Good Luck!
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    You don't really 'need' anything other than a bike to ride a bike. That being said, everyone has their own 'essentials' they like to have when they ride- some of it common sense, some personal preference. And accessories tend to be cheaper online, but quite a few LBS' will give a discount at the time of the bike sale or a small time window after the purchase.

    The one item that I consider a 'must have' is something that I had to learn the hard way about: a floor pump. In my ignorance, I had mistakenly thought that the air compressor at the gas station would've been sufficient to fill my bike's tires. 3 pinch flats in two weeks and I found out my error as well as the importance of 'topping off' at home before riding.
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    Start thinking about lights. Research local laws on riding at night. Look on BF for recommendations and buying online would help. While you're at it, also consider a basic computer, can be helpful but certainly not necessary.
    Good luck and have fun!

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    I was right where you are now about two months back. Some of the essentials I needed:

    Allen keys, to make adjustments on the bike.
    Helmet mirror, so I can see what is behind me without turning my head.
    Extra tubes, 2 of them, just had a flat and using the new one.
    Patch kit, to mend the tube with hole.
    Lock, got a U lock and cable, Kryptonite, came with a pretty solid holder.
    Plastic tire wrench, to change tubes and tires.
    Front and rear lights, to enable me to bike in the evening/night.
    Chain cleaner and chain lube. Self explanatory.
    Of course a helmet, required by law.
    Clothes pin, to pinch pant leg so as to prevent rubbing on chain.
    Presta to shrader adapter, so I can pump up my tire with my home air compressor.
    Tire pressure gauge, so I know what the compressor has pumped up to. I would suggest you just get a home full size pump with built in gauge.
    Fenders, for when it rains. I got clip ons cause I dont like the look of fenders.
    Chain breaker and quick link chain, for if and when the chain breaks, I can fix it.

    Those are the basics that I needed to get going. I also got new pedal and handle bar to upgrade what I have. Next up is possible a saddle replacement and bar ends, and I think I will be almost all set.

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    The Escape is a nice looking bike!

    Essential:
    helmet
    bottle cage and water bottle

    What you'll want within a week:
    floor pump; it will have a built in gauge

    I recommend gloves. I consider them a safety item. If you fall you can scrape your hands easily. Gloves also soak up sweat and if you get padded ones, they provide comfort.

    If you want to fix a flat on the road here's what you need:
    seat wedge or something to carry your patching gear
    patch kit (get the ones with vulcanizing agent)
    Pedros tire levers
    spare tube
    frame pump
    latex/nitrile gloves to keep your hands clean from grease

    You want the spare tube for fast road change, or the flat is not repairable or you get a second flat.
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