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Old 03-22-12, 07:06 PM
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Essential accessories....

Just got a Trek 7.3 and now I need to know what are good, quality, functional accessories I need to consider getting to enjoy the bike.

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 03-22-12, 07:13 PM
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Mud guards and a rear rack? some bags to haul the shopping home in.

head and taillights.
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Pump, spare tubes, patch kit, tyre levers. Might need a helmet if you have laws in your area.
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Old 03-22-12, 08:40 PM
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Is floor pump and water bottle/cage too obvious?

For specifics, on life, I like Stella front lights and planet bike super flash turbo for rear. I have a Trek Backrack which takes various Interchange bags and trunks.
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+1^

As for tubes, buy several now.

For a patch kit, most prefer the "vulcanizing" type such as Park's VP-1.

A basic multi-tool. Something as simple as the Crank Brothers Multi-5 is affordable, small/light, and good quality.

A seat bag to contain your repair kit.

Either a mini-pump w/frame mount or a CO2 pump w/cartridges. I prefer mini-pumps now.

Rainy climate? Maybe fenders at some point?

Kool-Stop "Salmon" brake pads. Excellent braking both wet & dry, plus very gentle on rims. Stock Tektro pads collect debris which promotes rim wear.

Aftermarket grips are nice for longer rides (see Ergon's models with integrated bar end). I'm not familiar with the current 7.3 bar/grip combo, though.

What pedals are you using? Lots of options there.
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Old 03-22-12, 09:53 PM
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2W Planet Bike headlight and mated taillight
Topeak Explorer rack with DXP and/or EX trunks
Topeak wedge with tube, irons, multi-tool and CO2 cartridge
Garmin Map60CSx GPS (My roadie and the Hybrid have these)
Even got camera mounts for Contour HD video cameras. HAhAHaa
Yep, Kool-Stop "Salmon" brake pads
Your favorite puncture resistant tires
Peddles off my Defy
Cages and bottles
Lock

I just bought my Escape yesterday but it becomes my mule instead of my road bike which goes back to being a road bike. Saturday morning the Escape gets the treatment.
I live in the middle of a maze of excellent paved trails and I bought this hybrid to be my third car and an explorer.
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Rack, fenders, lock, lights, bell.
Rack: 3, non-adjustable legs, open frame top plate, rear lamp bracket, single thickness rod for hanging pannier hooks (not twin rods welded side by side).
Fenders: full length bolt on (SKS chromolplastic)
Lock: shackle lock
Lights: I like front hub dynamo lights but modern LED battery lights are good.

Some people like a mirror but I prefer to look behind.
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Thanks for all the responses. All very helpful. Adding these one by one will be the fun part.

Certainly getting spare tubes and a mini pump and the tools to change the tube is a priority along with a bag with which to carry it all.

I think gloves and a decent pair or two of baggy padded biking shorts is up there too.
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Gloves are particularly useful if you're new to riding and still have a bigger chance at crashing, or trying clipless for the first time. Cutting up your hands on pavement is no fun.
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Originally Posted by JohnnyRides View Post
Thanks for all the responses. All very helpful. Adding these one by one will be the fun part.

Certainly getting spare tubes and a mini pump and the tools to change the tube is a priority along with a bag with which to carry it all.

I think gloves and a decent pair or two of baggy padded biking shorts is up there too.
That's a perfect start in my opinion.

I recommend gel gloves. Pearl Izumi makes an inexpensive pair I found on amazon that have served me well.

If you are going to leave your bike locked up I would consider a u-lock AND cable for your front tire unless you take the front tire off and carry it with you.

For trips longer than an hour, you may want to purchase some kind of micro fiber/technical fabric shirts/jerseys to avoid skin irritation (like runners rash, or boogie board rash).

A similar tip though not exactly an accessory tip. To avoid some saddle sores, do not wear cotton underwear under your padded shorts/chamois.
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