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Old 04-22-08, 11:05 PM
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I'm new. What up?

I have decided recently I am going to get my first road bike. I am new to biking so I am wondering what supplementry equipment I will need to purchase along with my bike. Helmets I get but what else? Should I really consider biking shoes for 20-30 mile rides? I am not doing this for sport as much as I am for health and relaxation. (Running is tearing up my knees.) A bike computer/backpack/clothing? Will I need tire repair gear(where do I carry this gear if I do?)?
Tell me what's up ladies and gents? I may be sticking around for a while if this sport clicks with me.
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Old 04-22-08, 11:08 PM
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As long as you remove the kickstand from your bicycle all else will be forgiven, I suspect.

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Old 04-22-08, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Catweazle View Post
As long as you remove the kickstand from your bicycle all else will be forgiven, I suspect.

Why may I ask is the point in that?
Thanks for the quick repsonse.
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Old 04-22-08, 11:11 PM
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cycling shorts! it'll save your arse!
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pedals, shoes, jersey to carry everything(tire levers,CO2, tube, snacks for long rides), bike computer is cool, bottles and cages.
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Old 04-22-08, 11:16 PM
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It's refreshing to see a thread this unique...




Welcome. There's a reason most of this gear exists. It definitely serves a puropose. Just starting out and planning on riding 20-30 for health I would recommend the following:

Absolutely need -
1. Multi-tool to take on ride
2. Spare tubes (2-3)
3. Air source during ride(I prefer CO2, but some prefer mini or frame pumps)
4. Air source at home (floor pump) - best way to prevent a flat is to inflate before every single ride....seriously.
5. Helmet (flame away)
6. Gloves (for safety not neessarily comfort)
7. Something to put your in ride crap in (saddle bag - skip the whole backpack/camelback thing)
8. Bottles and cages.

Nice to have and definite comfort items
1. Shorts/bibs ....bibs >>> shorts
2. Cycling shoes/ clipless pedal system
3. Computer

That's the basics - I am sure I missed something. By the time you pick all of that up and start enjoying what you are doing you will be back here asking what to upgrade first.

...and spare us the "which pedal system" thread - search for "SPD"

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post a picture of your bike, you will get advice accordingly
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Originally Posted by thirtyminbreak View Post
Why may I ask is the point in that?
Thanks for the quick repsonse.
Heavy. Serves no purpose. Not needed.


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Originally Posted by thirtyminbreak View Post
I have decided recently I am going to get my first road bike. I am new to biking so I am wondering what supplementry equipment I will need to purchase along with my bike. Helmets I get but what else? Should I really consider biking shoes for 20-30 mile rides? I am not doing this for sport as much as I am for health and relaxation. (Running is tearing up my knees.) A bike computer/backpack/clothing? Will I need tire repair gear(where do I carry this gear if I do?)?
Tell me what's up ladies and gents? I may be sticking around for a while if this sport clicks with me.
Thank you.
Don't need bike shoes. Don't need a computer. Don't need a backpack. Bike shorts with pad are nice, but not absolutely necessary for your distance. Don't need a tire repair kit...the walk will do you good.
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Old 04-22-08, 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by jimx200 View Post
Don't need bike shoes. Don't need a computer. Don't need a backpack. Bike shorts with pad are nice, but not absolutely necessary for your distance. Don't need a tire repair kit...the walk will do you good.
BS. People riding without spares should be taken out back and shot.
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Old 04-23-08, 02:13 AM
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It's pretty well been covered but I'd like to make a point about the computer option. While its certainly not needed to enjoy riding it is a sort of incentive sometimes. As a new cyclist myself I've gotten a lot of incentive seeing my speed and mileage add up and for a 23 dollar purchase I would say it was totally worth it. I don't know if that's the sort of thing that would interest you at all but my general theory was "Hey I'm dropping hundreds of dollars on this bike what's 23 dollars more?". Still, there are definitly more necessary things to pick up than a computer but if you think it would interest you and you can find a cheap one I would go for it.
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Old 04-23-08, 03:31 AM
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Don't let all us snarky people on BF get you down.

You'd probably be happier starting out with a mini pump rather than CO2.
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Old 04-23-08, 03:42 AM
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Keep the rubber side down.
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okay... here you go:


spare tube/patch kit (park makes a great glueless one.)

pump (i carry co2 also.)

shoes are really nice, but not necessary.

biking shorts are nice, but not necessary.

helmets are nice. very nice.


bring water.




ride your bike. get lost. enjoy the view. suffer. suffer again. climb the mountain. get lost again. dream of the meal you will eat when you get home. suffer through the endless mile. get lost again. buy a tuna sandwich at some isolated diner, hoping to re-trace your tracks to get home to your bed.

race. get dropped. be humiliated. race again. get dropped. re-group. catch back on. ride through on the outside to the front. push the pace. break away. blow up. stay up front. bridge the gap. love the pain. bridge the gap...



love your bike. love the ride. nothing else matters when your riding the bike. let the miles make their way silently under your stealthy wheel.
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Originally Posted by thirtyminbreak View Post
Why may I ask is the point in that?
Thanks for the quick repsonse.

It was meant as light-hearted comment really, mate. Plenty of folk here who'd scorn kickstands on bikes no matter what sort of bike it is.


You'd not likely see a road bike sold fitted with a kickstand really, though, and as Psimet2001 mentioned, there are genuine reasons not to have them. There's also the possibility of compromising the paint job on the bike or, if the frame is a particularly expensive one, perhaps even compromising the frame's integrity.


I mostly ride a hybrid, by the way, and it IS fitted with a kickstand. I also have a road bike, which isn't fitted with one, and which I wouldn't bother thinking about fitting one to unless perhaps I decided to use that bike for some light touring.
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From my experience, most importantly is you need to learn how to maintain your bike: like fixing a flat tire, adjusting your brakes and derrailleurs: the thing that keep your gears working right, and you'll probably need to pay attention to how comfortable or not your saddle is; if you are not comfortable in your saddle you won't be happy with riding for a duration of time, and keeping up with lubing your chain. Those are the important things, then there are the essentials: carry on bike pump, spare tube, patch kit, tire lever to pry the tire off the rim, a seat bag for all these parts. Then there are stuff like cycling specific gloves, sunglassess, a decent water bottle: your preference, and a good pair of bike shorts and top, very important. Anything else is for the serious riders: like cliped in peddles and shoes, spoke wrench, chain puller, extra spoke nipples, chain replacement link, the 3 major Allen wrenches, bike computer and so on. If you have a kickstand on your bike keep it on, it's not that heavey that it will hinder you it's just that a lot of cyclist feel that it is not appropriate for a pure road bike to have. But I like them for the convience; I have four bikes 3 with kickstand and 1 without, the 1 without is my highend roadie, that is how it is. There are a lot more I can get into but as for now that is probably enough for now. One more thing and most importantly after riding your bike for a good length of time you need to ask yourself if your position, your fit on the bike is working for you, by that I mean is your fit on the bike comfortable to you to ride for a long duration, 2 hours plus. If not you may need to have your bike fit reconfigure to fit your comfort. Because if you are not comfortable for long rides you will not be enjoying the ride as much. Neck pain, back pain, even gluteous maximus pain, wrist pain, hip flexor pain, and so on is not the way to go. There is always the right comfort fit for each individual and that is specific to you.
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As some others have already mentioned, a few spare tubes (carry two with you on the bike and the rest at home, can't have too many IMO, you will use them eventually), some tyre levers and a decent frame pump (Topeak Road Morph is my suggestion) and a track pump for home (Topeak Joe Blow is a popular choice). I don't bother with patches myself, tubes are ~$5 and patches work out to be ~$1ea (not taking into account time factor), plus I'm just a lazy b@stard. I'd prefer to be out riding rather than sitting around patching tubes!

At least one drink bottle cage and plastic bottle is essential (750ml bottle).

A multitool (pocket knife looking thing with allen keys and screwdriver tips and sometimes a chainbreaker) would be handy but not strictly necessary.

You will need a saddle bag to hold your spare tubes and stuff in. Only has to be big enough to carry a couple of spare tubes, a couple of tyre levers and maybe enough room to sqeeze a multitool in as well.

You may also want to buy (not mandantory, up to you) a cheap cycling jersey that has the three pockets in the back so that you can put your wallet, phone and maybe a snack for when you go on a ride.

Padded lycra cycling shorts are good if you decide you like cycling and plan to stick with it. Best not to skimp and buy decent ones not cheapo. Suggest you go to your local bike shop (LBS) and try some on, they are a personal thing I've found and what suits me may not suit you.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
BS. People riding without spares should be taken out back and shot.
[I]Don't need a tire repair kit...the walk will do you good.

Guess my sarcasm was over your head....I mean if this guy needs to ask if a patch kit is needed and where to keep it...I see his kind often walking the bike with a flat...learning curve here.
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If you are planning on getting a road bike than you should think forth dimensionally. The one thing I have to say is do your research and get the best bike you can afford so you don't have t replace components in the future. I'm new too, I am also still waiting on my new bike. It took 1100$ USD for the bike, then another 400$ USD in gear. Don't forget the gear.
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