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Old 04-29-13, 11:31 PM   #1
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Hi! Newbie biker from MI. Just got a new bike

Hey guys! I've been reading a LOT of posts from this site before I decided to buy a bike, so I figured I'd join, of course. I live in SW Michigan and I don't really exercise, but I'm turning 30 next month and I'm starting to get a little gut, so age is catching up with me and I need to do something about it. I've always liked riding bikes, so I thought getting a nice bike for commuting (3.4 mi each way) and exercise would be a good option. I've never actually been on a "nice" bike before until today...

I'm picking up my new 20" Trek FX 7.2 on Wednesday from my LBS and I'm super excited. I almost sprung for the 7.3 but couldn't justify the extra cost ($130 more). I hope that was a good decision. I picked up a Kryptonite U-Lock and flex cable combo, a Topeak watter bottle cage, and an Avenir Seat bag (106 cubic inches) from Amazon and they'll be here on Wed as well. Hopefully those were also good decisions, as they're things I'll need for sure. I thought about picking up a nice multi-tool too, but I'm not sure if I'll need one so soon. Are there any more recommendations as to things I might need?
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Old 04-30-13, 12:13 AM   #2
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Cheers and welcome to Bike Forums!

A couple of things for your consideration: lights, helmet and foul weather clothes + fenders. All these are useful when commuting in my experience, YMMV of course. Is the seat bag large enough to hold everything you need to carry on your commute?

Tool-wise, multitool, pump and spare tubes and/or a patch kit are useful. Extra tools will depend on how much of your own wrenching you are planning to do.

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Old 04-30-13, 12:19 AM   #3
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Cheers and welcome to Bike Forums!

A couple of things for your consideration: lights, helmet and foul weather clothes + fenders. All these are useful when commuting in my experience, YMMV of course. Is the seat bag large enough to hold everything you need to carry on your commute?

Tool-wise, multitool, pump and spare tubes and/or a patch kit are useful. Extra tools will depend on how much of your own wrenching you are planning to do.

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Thank you for the advice! Those are all good ideas, of course. Should have thought of them. I'm hesitant on getting a helmet since the summers are so hot and I'll be on trails, but I know it's always a good idea.

I think the seat bag is big enough for me. All I plan storing inside it are emergency items, and maybe the flex cable for the lock. As for the tools, I have no idea what types of those things I need (specifically the pump and tubes), but they all seem useful!
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Hello Cicatrize, glad you joined us here at BF, hope you enjoy the 7.2 Trek, those are good bikes. I cannot add much to Juha's advice, bit I'll say t get the helmet, the modern helmets have plenty of ventilation built in and allow enough air to cool your scalp pretty well. I'm in NW Florida and it gets very hot and is humid in the spring and summer here, I wear a helmet every time I ride, no excuses from me. That will be your call, just be careful no matter your choice, We aren't too judgmental here, lots of people on both sides. Ride Lots and Ride Safe.

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Welcome aboard, and enjoy the new bike!
SW Michigan has many excellent trails.
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Old 04-30-13, 09:55 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard, and enjoy the new bike!
SW Michigan has many excellent trails.
The only ones I know of are the Kal-haven and the bi-centennial here in Portage. Are there any other nice ones you can recommend?
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The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is a nice ride. Portage streets like Lover's Lane, Kilgore, Milham and Oakland are good for biking also.
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welcome to this forum cicatrize, only thing that was not mentioned was a little computer someting to tell you distance , speed ,they're about 30.00 bucks but you really but need them,,
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Get a helmet. Trails can be exactly the sorts of places where a helmet might save you from a bad head injury. Children, rollerbladers, unleashed dogs. I once wiped out because a dog ran right in my path on a MUP.
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