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Old 03-28-16, 07:18 PM
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New FX 7.2 owner looking for suggestions on accessories?

Hello,

I just purchased my first bike since childhood, haven't rode a bike in almost 15 years. I'm really enjoying the Trek FX 7.2 and glad I decided to visit a Local Shop vs. Target or Walmart. I've been cruising the forums for a couple of day and had a few questions that hopefully someone can help with.

I've ruled out a camelback and was hoping someone could recommend a good saddle bag. I only need to carry keys, phone and wallet.

Secondly, should I carry a tube or just a patch kit right now I'm doing 8-10 mile rides?

The saddle seems to be getting more comfortable on every ride but the handle bars are still uncomfortable.

Is there any accessories I'm missing? I got the Bontrager Trip 300 with the duotrap when I purchased the bike. I also splurged on a nice helmet and really glad I did.

Thanks for any help!
Kyle
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Originally Posted by yosavage View Post
Hello,

I just purchased my first bike since childhood, haven't rode a bike in almost 15 years. I'm really enjoying the Trek FX 7.2 and glad I decided to visit a Local Shop vs. Target or Walmart. I've been cruising the forums for a couple of day and had a few questions that hopefully someone can help with.

I've ruled out a camelback and was hoping someone could recommend a good saddle bag. I only need to carry keys, phone and wallet.

Secondly, should I carry a tube or just a patch kit right now I'm doing 8-10 mile rides?

The saddle seems to be getting more comfortable on every ride but the handle bars are still uncomfortable.

Is there any accessories I'm missing? I got the Bontrager Trip 300 with the duotrap when I purchased the bike. I also splurged on a nice helmet and really glad I did.

Thanks for any help!
Kyle
Spare Tube = Check!
Small tool kit = Check!
Small Pump = Check!
Rear Light = Check! - I suggest at least starting with a rear light.
Front headlight = when the days get shorter a front light is good to have
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Most people carry a tube to use first, and a patch kit to use as backup. A patch takes some time to cure properly, so when you get a flat, put the tube in and patch the flat one for nest time. I carry a pump, since it always has enough air to fill a tire, even if you need to do it more than once.

There are a lot of good small saddle bags out there. It all depends what you are looking for. I have a couple from Jannd that I like: Bicycle Seat Packs

For water, I like the Polar insulated 24 oz bottles.
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I have always found that it was very handy to try wrap a (thrift store camera bag) to the front bars.

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I started with a seat bag, but that soon ran out of space. In the end, I did this:

Rear rack like this: TransIt TS-1 Rear Rack

Rear trunk bag to go on the rack: TransIt Metro Trunk Bag

Top tube bag for my cell phone, sits under the seat on the tube: Amazon.com : Topeak Tribag without Rain Cover (Black) : Bike Wedges : Sports & Outdoors

Rear light: Amazon.com : CatEye Omni 3 Bicycle Rear Safety Light TL-LD135-R : Bike Headlights : Sports & Outdoors

Front light only used at night when camping in a park: Amazon.com : NiteRider Lumina 700 USB Rechargeable Bike Light : Bike Headlights : Sports & Outdoors

Tire levers, tube, and this to pump it up, extra CO2 cartridge : Lezyne Trigger Drive CO2 Inflator

Rain jacket, the lightest I could find. Not really waterproof but it works when I get caught in the rain: Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket

Two water bottles: https://www.performancebike.com/bikes...551_1024786_-1

Cheapo bike lock, used when I stop for coffee, lunch, or whatever. I always can see the bike: Bell Watchdog 100 Lock - Walmart.com

Headsweats to stop sunburn on top of head: Amazon.com: Headsweats Shorty Beanie, White: Sports & Outdoors

Cycling shirt long sleeves all the time for the sun: Men's Comfort Cycling Jersey, Long-Sleeve | Free Shipping at L.L.Bean

Cargo shorts just nylon. I seem to be allergic to anything with spandex in it, coupled with sweat and sun on my legs: Men's Silver Ridge? Cargo Short | Columbia.com

Sunscreen for the face and neck, again I am allergic to the Walmart spray sunscreen that got great reviews in Consumer Reports. This stuff is expensive but it lasts a long time, you do not need much: Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce | Shiseido.com

And then SPD clipless pedals and shoes.

My lunch, snacks, Gatorade go in the rear trunk bag
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Originally Posted by Pompiere View Post
Most people carry a tube to use first, and a patch kit to use as backup. A patch takes some time to cure properly, so when you get a flat, put the tube in and patch the flat one for nest time. I carry a pump, since it always has enough air to fill a tire, even if you need to do it more than once.

There are a lot of good small saddle bags out there. It all depends what you are looking for. I have a couple from Jannd that I like: Bicycle Seat Packs

For water, I like the Polar insulated 24 oz bottles.
Thanks, that makes since using the tube for faster recovery. I'm still getting used to reaching for a water bottle while riding.
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Old 03-28-16, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by yashinon View Post
Rear Light = Check! - I suggest at least starting with a rear light.
Front headlight = when the days get shorter a front light is good to have
Was debating lights actually, didn't think about shorter days.
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Originally Posted by themp View Post
I started with a seat bag, but that soon ran out of space. In the end, I did this:

Rear rack like this: TransIt TS-1 Rear Rack

Rear trunk bag to go on the rack: TransIt Metro Trunk Bag

Top tube bag for my cell phone, sits under the seat on the tube: Amazon.com : Topeak Tribag without Rain Cover (Black) : Bike Wedges : Sports & Outdoors

Rear light: Amazon.com : CatEye Omni 3 Bicycle Rear Safety Light TL-LD135-R : Bike Headlights : Sports & Outdoors

Front light only used at night when camping in a park: Amazon.com : NiteRider Lumina 700 USB Rechargeable Bike Light : Bike Headlights : Sports & Outdoors

Tire levers, tube, and this to pump it up, extra CO2 cartridge : Lezyne Trigger Drive CO2 Inflator

Rain jacket, the lightest I could find. Not really waterproof but it works when I get caught in the rain: Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket

Two water bottles: Polar Bottle Insulated Sport 24oz Bottle

Cheapo bike lock, used when I stop for coffee, lunch, or whatever. I always can see the bike: Bell Watchdog 100 Lock - Walmart.com

Headsweats to stop sunburn on top of head: Amazon.com: Headsweats Shorty Beanie, White: Sports & Outdoors

Cycling shirt long sleeves all the time for the sun: Men's Comfort Cycling Jersey, Long-Sleeve | Free Shipping at L.L.Bean

Cargo shorts just nylon. I seem to be allergic to anything with spandex in it, coupled with sweat and sun on my legs: Men's Silver Ridge? Cargo Short | Columbia.com

Sunscreen for the face and neck, again I am allergic to the Walmart spray sunscreen that got great reviews in Consumer Reports. This stuff is expensive but it lasts a long time, you do not need much: Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce | Shiseido.com

And then SPD clipless pedals and shoes.

My lunch, snacks, Gatorade go in the rear trunk bag
Thanks, for linking all the sites didn't know about performance bike seems like a good website. I live in Florida so going to check into the head sweats never heard of them.
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Old 03-28-16, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
I have always found that it was very handy to try wrap a (thrift store camera bag) to the front bars.
The bag fits perfect on your bike.
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Old 03-28-16, 10:14 PM
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Awesome. Very helpful responses!
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I like a top tube bag to put my cell, keys, wallet, and snacks in. Then I put my tools and tube in either a saddle bag or a container in a water bottle cage. Then if needed I will put a rear rack and rack top bag on. Both Lone Peak and Jandd are USA made manufacturers and make really great quality stuff that doesn't cost an arm and leg. It all depends on what you are personally comfortable with. I am generally over prepared but I don't like to call anyone for help.

Where are you at generally in Florida? I am around the villages/ocala area and have some stuff you might like to try if you are local. You can pm me.
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I don't like having a bunch of gear strapped to my bike, so with the exception of a cage to hold my Camelbak bottle and a clip for my Kryptonite lock, I carry everything else in a sling pack. I keep a Co2 inflator and spare cartridges, hex set multitool, tire levers, spare tube(s), small bottle of finish line dry lube, first aid kit, wet wipes (always useful) etc. in the accessory pocket which is my "permanent" kit that always stays in the bag. Then there's a larger compartment that I use for different items which don't stay in the bag permanently. Camera, laptop, extra water, etc.
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