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.