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Old 05-16-07, 10:40 PM   #1
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Salutations from the Bay State

Hi, everyone.

Aside from tooling around on my Schwinn 5-speed as a lil' tyke, I'm brand new to cycling. My bike (2006 LeMond Reno) just arrived last week, and now all I need is for all the accessories I bought to show up! Bought so far: patch kit, allen keys, adjustable wrench, helmet, minipump, water bottle and cage, shorts, shirts, sunglasses, Brooks B17 saddle, saddle bag, and a tire lever. Eventually I'll switch over to clipless pedals, but is there anything else anyone can think of that I should have now? I guess I should mention that I wouldn't really be using my bike to commute-- excercise only.

I used to be an athlete, but the rigors of grad school have taken their toll on my body (and mind!). I hope to, and look forward to, loosing a few lbs., building up some stamina, and having a bunch of fun on the open road.

After lurking for a while so as not to advertise my cycling ignorance, I'm happy to finally integrate myself into the community. Expect lots of questions! See you around.
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Old 05-17-07, 06:34 AM   #2
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Bought so far: patch kit, allen keys, adjustable wrench, helmet, minipump, water bottle and cage, shorts, shirts, sunglasses, Brooks B17 saddle, saddle bag, and a tire lever.
Adjustable wrench? No multitool?

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I guess I should mention that I wouldn't really be using my bike to commute...
Sorry to hear that. Commuting is a great way to get exercise every day.

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Old 05-20-07, 04:44 PM   #3
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Well, though I said I bought them, I actually already had the wrench and allen keys. Perhaps I'll invest in a multitool in the future, but for now the cost for the mass reduction doesn't make sense for me... especially since I've got a few extra lbs to shed before I should start worrying about shedding grams.

I agree that commuting would be fun and profitable, but there's a couple reasons (rationalizations?) why it won't work for me. First, well-secured bikes and components gets ripped off all the time on my school's campus. I can't afford to lose my only bike! Second, in addition to books and a laptop, I oftentimes have to transport motion and temperature sensitive equipment to and from my house and lab. If I broke something I'd be in some serious trouble. Third, my lazy-ass roommate relies on me for a ride.

As for questions, how're these: would you recommend a pair of gloves? How necessary are they? Are blisters a problem for a lot of people, or is it just more of a comfort issue?
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I personally wear gloves just about every time I ride. It certainly makes the ride more comfortable, as it dampens road vibrations. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone getting blisters from riding a bike.

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