Join Date: Sep 2005
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I'd go with mountain bike shorts--they have a chamois in them so that they are comfortable, but they aren't tight like the ones road cyclists wear. In effect, they look like normal shorts.
If you think you would be doing any death defying downhill stuff, knee protectors and that kind of stuff may be useful. You really do want gloves--they protect your hands if you fall (road rash is nasty), and they can help in absorbing vibrations which can cause your hands to go numb.
I would check the bike carefully for cracks and what not, but if it looks pretty clean, it may be just that all you need to do is put some lube on the right spots (chain in particular), make certain that cables are not rusty, and most importantly, check the brakes to make certain that they work, and that the pads aren't too worn.
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...