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Old 06-18-07, 03:05 PM
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Nec-accessories

OK...I am getting ready to order my new first bike in 35 years. Will be riding mostly MUPs and some level dirt/gravel trails/paths. What sorts if accessories are considered "must haves" as soon as I pick up the bike? Obviously, a helmet, I would suppose. I was wondering about a water bottle and holder. Also, should I have a carry along pump? A lock (if so what kind)? Any other necesssary accessories? Thanks for any help.

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Old 06-18-07, 03:09 PM
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Oh boy, what a loaded question.

What is considered a necessity would depend on one's level of OCD. For me, I'm stilling trying to get a number of necessities by my wife.

Seriously, you need some stuff to change a tire and you do need water. That and maybe a multi-tool and a bag to put it all in and that's probably all the stuff that is truly necessary besides the helmet as you mentioned.

Then you have to make the decision of what type of tire repair you want to use. CO2 or a frame pump.
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Pump and patch kit and knowing how to use them.

I carry a lock.Since I can't afford to replace my good bike I carry a good U-bolt lock. I even lock up on club rides when we stop for pie and brownies and my bike is surrounded by more valuable bikes. At least carry a little cable lock. I like using gloves. Eye protection is a good idea on or off road. Some way to carry this stuff. Wallet, cell phone. I carry a set of grape pruning shears I found on one ride and often clear brush blocking the path or bike lane. Bloody powerful set of lights when I might have to ride at night.
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Originally Posted by ken cummings
I carry a set of grape pruning shears.
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Dee Gee will tell you the most important things you should not leave home without are your cell phone and the number of a good Taxi livery. Besides helmet, eyewear and a water bottle and cage, I think you need to be able to fix a flat in the middle of nowhere, tighten whatever is loose on your bike and buy yourself something to drink and a snack. Your cell phone is not a bad idea either. I strap a rain jacket on the back of the seat in threatening weather.
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One of those little pouches that fit under your seat will hold a spare tube (faster than flat fixing) a couple of CO2 cartridges, a multi-tool, a patch kit (just in case), a few zip ties, the bar of your choice, and 5 or 10 bucks. If you have all that stuff, you may well never need any of it--cheap insurance--but if you do need it, you will be very glad you have it.
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Originally Posted by Terrierman
Dee Gee will tell you the most important things you should not leave home without are your cell phone and the number of a good Taxi livery. Besides helmet, eyewear and a water bottle and cage, I think you need to be able to fix a flat in the middle of nowhere, tighten whatever is loose on your bike and buy yourself something to drink and a snack. Your cell phone is not a bad idea either. I strap a rain jacket on the back of the seat in threatening weather.
I have free 411 on my Treo in case we need a limo instead of a taxi. For my area it's 1-800-373-3411.

No rain jacket in our part of CA this time of year; a 3rd water bottle is a prudent substitute. Oh, and a small tube of sunscreen. And a Leatherman tool with scissors and corkscrew (this is wine country, after all).

And business cards...'cause you never know what networking opportunities present themselves. A few extra $$, just in case. It's all gotta fit in my tiny bag under my seat and in my jersey pockets, or it gets left behind.

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Only in California would a business card be considered for inclusion in a bicycle kit! Perhaps they should be used in the spokes.
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Only in California would a business card be considered for inclusion in a bicycle kit! Perhaps they should be used in the spokes.
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I have a little cheap $2 first aid kit I bought at a Red Cross office when I was in there one day. Has a few bandaids, some ointment, etc. Takes up about as much room as a deck of cards (even smaller) and weighs nothing.
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I have a little cheap $2 first aid kit I bought at a Red Cross office when I was in there one day. Has a few bandaids, some ointment, etc. Takes up about as much room as a deck of cards (even smaller) and weighs nothing.

+1 on the first aid kit.

I've passed out many band-aids and ointment to riders who have had a minor accident along the trails. Parents with young kids who have scrapped their knees or elbows really appreciate them.
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Cell phone, credit card, Some form of ID with emergency info
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Holy cow! I guess I will have to buy a trailer to haul all of the stuff suggested so far. Really though, thanks for all the info.

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