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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 03-29-14, 12:28 PM   #1
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What extras / accessories to get?

Hi there new to road cycling just got my first bike from Evans cycles and on purchasing it I have been given 75 quid worth of clothing and accessories. Just looking to know if anyone has any help on what to use it on. I'm literally just starting out so any info would be good! Purchased a 2l camelbak the other day so I have hydration sorted.
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Old 03-29-14, 12:40 PM   #2
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pump. multi-tool, inner tubes.

bike shorts.
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pump. multi-tool, inner tubes.

bike shorts.
I second the pump, multi-tool and inner tubes with the addition of tire levers. These are a must have for road cyclists.
A seat bag to put your road side emergency gear in would be nice.
Bike shorts for sure if you are planning on doing any serious distance riding.
A jersey will offer sweat wicking and some extra storage in the rear pockets.
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Deep section carbon tubulars are a must.
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pump. multi-tool, inner tubes.
And knowing how to use them.
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pump. multi-tool, inner tubes.

bike shorts.
Gloves and helmet. Water bottle and cage.
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Carbon fiber kickstands are a must, and don't weigh much.
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Your chain and cassette are going to wear out first, then your handlebar tape, then your front tire, well possibly your front tire first, accessories are fine, components for motion come first,imho
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Get used to the trolls and ball busters in the rode cycling forum. Lots of out of work comedians here.
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Anything that allows you to ride outside in the weather. Appropriate clothing, clip on fenders (crudracers, sks raceblades ).
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I treat my bicycles as the vehicles that they are. My Karman Ghia, VW Bus, Grand Touring Bicycle, Commuter (MTB) and Big Dummy are all vehicles to get me around. Each vehicle carries the basic kit to recover from tire and drive train problems. Each has its own tool set specific to its needs. Since the lights are not built into the bicycles, they each have their own mounted lights. I put Mr. Tuffys in my tires. I don't carry a spare tire (tube, yes) except for when out of town. But, a "boot" is a small piece of insurance for those major tire cuts. I still carry a flat repair kit as well as the spare tube. Think safety and vehicle recovery first. You want to always get home in one piece. You may not plan to be out after dark, then it happens. Something that I did not see mentioned was a rear view mirror. I very much suggest the type that mounts to the helmet that you will be wearing. You cannot have a blind spot with one of those. Get real bicycling shoes otherwise you could have Don Martin feet. Keep in mind the stuff already mentioned in this thread.
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There are many things you could buy, but put that money towards the critical pieces of kit you need on the road. Definitely a flat change kit. Maybe a patch kit, too, should you be unfortunate enough to puncture a second time on a ride with only 1 spare tube.. If you find you get hot because your 2L Camelbak is blocking any heat from escaping off your back, you may want to get some water bottles and cages. Lights are important for dusk and dawn rides. Sunglasses and clear glasses. Do some searching, because the list goes on.
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before all this, get a helmet. you can ride with no accessories but must have helmet. safety first.
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before all this, get a helmet. you can ride with no accessories but must have helmet. safety first.
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A saddle bag that goes behind your seat to put a spare tube and a tyre lever and some patches and glue
A bike pump. I like either a Topeak Road Morph or Lezyne Road Drive V2 ABS Mini Pump.
A couple of water bottles and cages for when you get sick of carrying around the Camelbak
Bike shorts or "knicks" as they are referred to would be good though these may be hard to buy online due to sizing so may be better to buy these at LBS (local bike shop). Beware of cheapo ones as they can give you comfort issues.
A proper bike jersey with 3 rear pockets so you can carry stuff like phone, money and food while out on a ride. I alway put my phone in a resealable plastic sandwich bag to protect it from sweat
A lock for when you go to the shops and your bike is out of sight. I like the cable locks where you can wrap it through both wheels and then around a pole or other fixed object
Maybe some fornt and rear lights if you are going to be riding in the dusk/dawn/dark
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