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Just bought my bike...now what?!

Old 05-01-10, 04:39 PM
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Just bought my bike...now what?!

I am new to biking and just purchased a Specialized Ariel. I live in Northern VA so I plan on doing road riding. I am doing this mainly for the fitness aspects, but also b/c I enjoy being outside. Also, we are moving to Colorado Springs, CO next month and I'd like to enjoy the mountains on a bike without killing myself with a motorcycle. I guess my questions are about other gear I should buy and what the laws are in regards to riding on roads (again, I'm in VA). If anyone else lives in this area and has advice about good bike routes I'd love some information on that. Thanks in advance !
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Sit and Pedal.
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Old 05-01-10, 04:50 PM
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Haha that was simple enough...congrats on your weight loss. That is one of my goals. Did you do that just by biking?
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As far gear goes you don't really need much but maybe the following:

Frame pump for just in case you to out on the trails for a long period of time and get a flat
Water bottle cage with bottle for hydration or you can use a camelbak
Stuff to change a flat like an extra tube, a multi tool just in case you need to adjust something while you are on the road and some tire levers
Maybe a saddle bag for the flat changing stuff unless you will be using a camelbak then just have everything in that

Other than that I can't think of anything but it would probably be better to post this in the hybrid forums since your bike is a hybrid and the people over there might have some better recommendations.
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Old 05-01-10, 06:59 PM
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ride it like you stole it!

otherwise, I'd get some water bottles and a 'kit' (jersey and bike shorts) you'll feel more like a cyclist and want to get out more..
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But some good cycling shorts or bibs, stuff to carry with you to fix a flat, water bottles and ride.

Eventually get some shoes, pedals, upgrades, etc.
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Just have fun! And remember, no matter how hard it gets, it's fun.
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Step 1. Put on helmet

Step 2: Ride
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All the safety suggestions are good ideas. Get a copy of your local/ state laws concerning riding on the road. Have someone teach you how to change a flat, local bike shop should be good for that. Also the kit suggestion, clothing specificly made for riding.
Another good idea would be to talk to some shops in the area or local clubs and find a beginers ride. This way you have people around you to show you the ins and outs andwhys.
Welcome and good luck.
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seems pretty simple.









go ride.
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For info on laws, trails, clubs in your area, you might try copying your post into the BF regional forum for your area.
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There are tons of great routes in No. VA. If you're just starting out you might want to spend some time on the good old W&OD trail. I rode 110 miles from Warrenton up to Lovettsville and back yesterday, and the roads were thick with bikers.
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You are going to love Colorado Springs.

Every city should have a velodrome.
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Stop posting, put on your helmet, go ride.
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Here is a link to the Colorado Springs Cycling Club.
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WOD trail... where in NVA are you?
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Originally Posted by SoldierMom View Post
Haha that was simple enough...congrats on your weight loss. That is one of my goals. Did you do that just by biking?
Yep... I lost it biking and a balanced diet. Simple enough. However it can be difficult to find the time to bike ride, but keep with it.
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Originally Posted by anomaly View Post
Stop posting, put on your helmet, go ride.
I don't have a helmet yet, but it's not required in VA. I just picked my bike up today...still need to get a rack for it. Does anyone have a recommendation on a cheap way to secure it? Also, I hardly ever see bicycles on the sidwalks...but I looked on Dept. Of Transportation's website and is is legal. Any advice about that? I'm just trying to get a feel for the bike still; don't know how to work the gears. The last bike I rode had a banana seat and a basket on the front...
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Originally Posted by Diegomayra View Post
Yep... I lost it biking and a balanced diet. Simple enough. However it can be difficult to find the time to bike ride, but keep with it.
Well it looks like you have a pretty healthy BMI going now so congrats. I'm going out for my first ride; not going too far b/c I have no helmet yet, going to stay on the sidewalk and hope I don't fall off...
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hi, and welcome

don't bother to check with the DMV, it's your health and well being that we are concern, not the local law.

a 15miles crash on a bike can be pretty nasty, it's amazing how cheap helmet is compare to a trip to the ER.

low end helmet starting from 20 dollar, there's lightweight racing lid that runs about 200.
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Originally Posted by iam7head View Post
hi, and welcome

don't bother to check with the DMV, it's your health and well being that we are concern, not the local law.

a 15miles crash on a bike can be pretty nasty, it's amazing how cheap helmet is compare to a trip to the ER.

low end helmet starting from 20 dollar, there's lightweight racing lid that runs about 200.
After thinking about it, I did go buy a helmet before riding today. I got a pretty cheap Schwinn one. I do have some pretty elementary questions about the gears...I think I figured out how to make the uphill the easiest it can be; what about downhill? Using the gears, how can I control the speed?
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just ride and pick up the useful stuff over time. you'll find the purchasing becomes addictive so no need to get a head start on it except the helmet. just get the helmet.
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Originally Posted by SoldierMom View Post
After thinking about it, I did go buy a helmet before riding today. I got a pretty cheap Schwinn one. I do have some pretty elementary questions about the gears...I think I figured out how to make the uphill the easiest it can be; what about downhill? Using the gears, how can I control the speed?

just pray.

ok.. serious answer is brake gently periodically. the bike accelerates very fast downhill. I sometimes find I pick up speed quicker than cars and have to brake to avoid rear ending them.
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
just pray.

ok.. serious answer is brake gently periodically. the bike accelerates very fast downhill. I sometimes find I pick up speed quicker than cars and have to brake to avoid rear ending them.
Thank you, that is pretty much what I did I was just scared I'd wear them out by riding them.
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