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Old 04-05-18, 09:59 AM
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Greetings! Newbie from Anaheim, CA.

Hello everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself and say hi. I'm new to the forum and new to the world of Road Biking. I recently moved to America from the UK. I don't drive out here yet and my commute to work is 10 Miles, there and back home. Public Transport here is a nightmare and close to non existent, and Uber/Lyft is super expensive. Also think the roads are far too busy as it is, so would rather not be a part of that problem, so cycling everywhere just seems to be the better option for me! I don't know much about road bikes really, still learning, reading articles, browsing forums and watching GCN videos(ironically they're based from where I'm originally from in lovely Bath, UK). So trying to educate myself in the world of cycling. I recently purchased a Schwinn Phocus 1400 after reading and watching reviews about entry level road bikes under $500. As I'm on a slight budget, and wanted to work up to something better eventually, as I didn't want to fork out spending thousands on a bicycle I know nothing about. Look forward to being more active here. If anyone could point me in the right direction for tips and advice on road cycling, what gear and essential accessories I might need, I'd really appreciate it!

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Old 04-05-18, 05:43 PM
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Welcome to the USA and to the forums..one of the best places to make cycling friends as well as get great information....stay to the right!
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Old 04-05-18, 07:45 PM
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Welcome! New here myself.

I'd say you have a pretty good start on things - you are doing your research, and starting out with a lower end bike until you REALLY decide if you want to do more is a good idea. Tons of people out there spend a boatload of money and then decide cycling isn't for them.

Main things I suggest not skimping on: your helmet, a really good pair or two of bike shorts with a good chamois, and really, really bright lights.

Look at going to clip in pedals and shoes as soon as you feel comfortable enough to, it makes a massive difference. Enjoy!
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Old 04-06-18, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Vegasclimber View Post
Welcome! New here myself.

I'd say you have a pretty good start on things - you are doing your research, and starting out with a lower end bike until you REALLY decide if you want to do more is a good idea. Tons of people out there spend a boatload of money and then decide cycling isn't for them.

Main things I suggest not skimping on: your helmet, a really good pair or two of bike shorts with a good chamois, and really, really bright lights.

Look at going to clip in pedals and shoes as soon as you feel comfortable enough to, it makes a massive difference. Enjoy!
Hey, welcome yourself!

Yeah for sure. One day I'd love a Specialized, Cannondale or Trek. But have other priorities for right now, so going to break in an entry level bike until I can really invest. I feel like I'd appreciate it more in the future.

Thank you for that great advice mate! I've been ordering a whole bunch of essential gear and equipment, unfortunately off Aliexpress, but it's inexpensive so not too fussed if the quality isn't the greatest, but can get the job done to get me started.

Definitely want to upgrade to some clip in pedals for sure!
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Old 04-06-18, 09:22 AM
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Welcome Mitzey. If you're looking to learn more about your bike(repairs, adjustments, etc), you might check out The Bike Tree in Santa Ana. They're the only co-op that I've found in OC; They're pretty friendly, and you can buy used parts should you need a replacement part or are looking for a modest upgrade.
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Old 04-06-18, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Chukbacca View Post
Welcome Mitzey. If you're looking to learn more about your bike(repairs, adjustments, etc), you might check out The Bike Tree in Santa Ana. They're the only co-op that I've found in OC; They're pretty friendly, and you can buy used parts should you need a replacement part or are looking for a modest upgrade.
Thank you so much! I will definitely check them out. I was surprised at how few bike shops there are in OC. It's a bit of a ballache haha
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Old 04-06-18, 01:34 PM
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Thank you so much! I will definitely check them out. I was surprised at how few bike shops there are in OC. It's a bit of a ballache haha
I highly recommend Santiago Cycling in Tustin as well, especially if you don't want to do the work yourself.
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Welcome, Mitzy. You might want to start off in the "General" section and then the "Road" section. The "Road" section can get a little deeper but hang in there and you'll be fine.
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