First off, please tell me if I should be posting this in a different forum subgroup.
I just bought a 2006 Specialized Tricross Comp from someone on CL, and should get delivery in about a week, unless the seller just decides to keep my money <I'm not too worried>. This is my first bike since my '89 mountain bike, and I intend to use it on road rides with friends who have, I think, pretty fast bikes, and on light trails along the Chicago shoreline, or out here in the suburbs. There are a few things I think I will need or want right away:
1) Bike shoes. The bike is coming equipped with "Nashbar Look-style clipless pedals". I don't really know what that means. I assume I can use running shoes with the pedals if I want, but would like to explore getting a reasonable (inexpensive) pair of biking shoes. Do I need cleats, or do they come with the pedals, or do they come with the shoes, or is it all a la carte? Any recommendations on what to get and where to get it are appreciated.
2) Computer. I'd like to get a new desktop -- KIDDING!!! I testrode a bike that had a computerized speedometer/odometer and thought that would be pretty handy and fun to have. I don't really know, but think I will only need an odo to keep track of how many miles I've put on the new toy; a trip odo; and a speedometer so I can regale my wife with stories of extreme speed. What would be a relatively inexpensive but reliable computer that would fit the bill?
3) Clothes. I don't want to get too carried away, but thought that, say pants that wouldn't get grease and stuff from the chain the way my Levis do would be a good start. Anything in particular I should look for? I have plenty of running clothes (wicking shorts, light tights, heavier tights, shirts, singlets, blah, blah, blah). Are any of them appropriate? I'm more concerned with comfort than in looking like Lance Armstrong.
Thanks a lot, and again, if this is in the wrong place, I'll move the thread. And if there's anything else I really need for my new bike (can't wait!!!), let me know.