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    Purchased my first road bike!

    Hi Roadie friends. I'm in my 4th year riding on a hybrid bike. I finally made the upgrade to my first road bike. I purchased a 2014 Giant Defy 1 - should be ready in the shop tomorrow. I have a few questions, but more than anything I am just excited and anxious to pick up my new ride.

    I ordered the Shimano A530 dual purpose clipless pedals. I figured these will be a good entry level option. The first portion of my ride while I get out of my neighborhood usually has a lot of stopping and going. Once I get the hang of it I'll upgrade and put the A530s on my hybrid. I have not purchased shoes yet. I still need to do some research, so I welcome any recommendations. I'm sure it exist in a thread here somewhere, but I also have to figure out the shoe sizes and figure out what is equivalent to my 10.5.

    I've heard that road bikes get more flat tires - is this true? I am sure it depends on what tire you have. I plan on using the stock tire until its time to replace them at which point I would be open to upgrading. Does the CO2 inflator below look like a good product/price?

    Amazon.com : Hutchinson Air Chuck CO2 Inflator : Sports & Outdoors

    Other than that I'll purchase a few tubes to have spares on my ride. Any other recommendations on equipment? I have a small multi tool kit that I also keep in my saddle bag.

    Thanks for hearing out my anxious ramble as I over think my ride in absence of my new bike :-)

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    That's great, N+1
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    That's a fine bike from what I hear. The likelihood of flats really depends on where and how much riding you do. I've known people who have spent most of their time on dedicated bike pathways and haven't had flats for years. Others who ride in cities through construction etc. will be more likely to experience flats. So the best I can say is it depends.

    I will tell you from experience, the best upgrade you can do on an entry level bike is to upgrade your wheel set/ tires (that and the components are how the companies cut costs, but upgrading components won't really improve much). If you are concerned about flats, consider going to a tubeless set up. It'll run about $500-1000 but it will reduce flat tire (no pinch flats) and improve your ride quality (you can run lower pressure). Plus on the off chance you do get a flat, you can put a tube in there and it'll work fine!

    Lastly, don't be like me and try upgrading everything on the bike and wasting money. Wheels are worthwhile, a better fitting saddle won't hurt, but that's about it in terms of noticeable upgrades. The smart thing is when you are ready to upgrade, trade your bike in for an all-new system. Enjoy your bike and do have too much fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by klepto1 View Post
    I've heard that road bikes get more flat tires - is this true? I am sure it depends on what tire you have. I plan on using the stock tire until its time to replace them at which point I would be open to upgrading. Does the CO2 inflator below look like a good product/price?

    Amazon.com : Hutchinson Air Chuck CO2 Inflator : Sports & Outdoors
    Congrats on your new road bike!

    As for flats... let me just tell you that I'd had none since I started cycling on a hybrid bike last summer... until I bought a road bike 3 weeks ago.
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    Assuming you will ride the road bike more than the hybrid, you will probably get more flats per year....but mile:mile ratio (and assuming tires are the same) flats will happen at the same rate. Gator skin hard shells, serfas seca, marathon+ tires are all great flat protection tires (kinda heavy though but thats the price you pay)

    As far as upgrading wheels...it is a good thing to upgrade but honestly just ride your wheels. They get the job done.

    In my saddle bag I carry: parktool (glued) patch kit, multitool, 3 tire levers, a spare tube (wrapped in a plastic bag to prevent chaffing. I think that's it

    But I am not a fan of CO2. I have this pump and it works great. It weighs about as much as 2 cartridges and an applicator

    Amazon.com : Topeak Pocket Rocket Master Blaster Bike Pump : Frame Mount Bike Pumps : Sports & Outdoors

    One problem with CO2 is that it you mess up, SOL, as in you patch doesn't seal/you dont use the applicator correctly/get more flats than cartridges you have/etc.

    Takes maybe 5 minutes to pump up a tire and the pump I linked goes up to 160psi if I remember right, which means getting to 85-100psi is a breeze.

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    Also glued patches are the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Sarcasm View Post


    Amazon.com : Topeak Pocket Rocket Master Blaster Bike Pump : Frame Mount Bike Pumps : Sports & Outdoors

    One problem with CO2 is that it you mess up, SOL, as in you patch doesn't seal/you dont use the applicator correctly/get more flats than cartridges you have/etc.

    Takes maybe 5 minutes to pump up a tire and the pump I linked goes up to 160psi if I remember right, which means getting to 85-100psi is a breeze.
    Would that pump fit under a water cage? My current pump does not and I honestly never really thought about just looking for a leaner pump.

    EDIT: I read the reviews and it is mentioned several times that it would fit under the water cage. Thanks for the recommendation.
    Last edited by klepto1; 05-21-14 at 10:47 PM. Reason: Adding

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    I've had my current road tires over a year and haven't had one flat (knock on wood). Cheap $20 Continental Ultra 700x23 and riding in an urban area. Riding those tires 2-3 days per week.for over a year. I keep them inflated to 120-130 psi all the time which helps prevent pinch flats and I guess I've been lucky. My fixed gear I have 700x28 thickslicks which are very puncture resistant. There are tires like Gatorskin that have great puncture resistance that come in 700x23/25 but usually if you go with a puncture resistant tire you are doubling your tire weight because it's got more rubber. I'm my road bike I just carry a spare tube and co2 and tire lever (don't forget that!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by klepto1 View Post
    Would that pump fit under a water cage? My current pump does not and I honestly never really thought about just looking for a leaner pump.

    EDIT: I read the reviews and it is mentioned several times that it would fit under the water cage. Thanks for the recommendation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Team Sarcasm View Post
    One problem with CO2 is that it you mess up, SOL, as in you patch doesn't seal/you dont use the applicator correctly/get more flats than cartridges you have/etc.
    The trick with CO2 is getting a good inflator with a decent valve that you can lock closed. That way you can put a small bit of air to check that the tube is installed properly and sealed without burning the whole cartridge. Even if the tube didn't seal properly and you need to replace it, you can still easily get to the 80+ psi that is the best case for most compact pumps.

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    I had my road bike since last October and haven't gotten a flat yet. It heavily depends on what type of surface you ride on. Do you ride on paths with lots of debris or a MUP with minimum debris? I ride a mixture of MUPs and roads. When I'm on roads, I usually ride inside subdivisions. In my area, there is an area where 5 or 6 subdivisions are connected so I have plenty of roads with very little traffic (which is great in terms of safety).

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    Way to go klepto! Ride it like you stole it!

    Flats add intrigue. Plus they are rare. Buy a good light pump.
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