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Help me pimp my new Giant

Old 02-07-11, 11:55 AM
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Help me pimp my new Giant

I just purchased a new 2010 Giant Defy Advanced 3 (photo below, I'll upload my own photos of it soon), but now I need advice on how to improve it aesthetically.

First, I need bottle cages (and bottles). I won't be bringing it outside for a few months, so I have some time to shop around. I purchased a cheap carbon bottle cage off of Ebay, but from what I've read on other threads here, all carbon cages will break at some time. (By the way, if this happens while you're riding do you just have to carry the bottle the rest of the way?) Because of this, I'm hoping to find a cage that will never break; for now any material is fine as long as it looks good on the bike. Bottle recommendations would also be appreciated. Kleen Kanteen seems to get good reviews from the Touring guys here. Also the Tacx Taos looked nice, but at $70 each it seems a bit expensive.

Next, what should I bring along in my saddle bag? It seems obvious to bring an extra tube, patches, and a pump--but should the pump be strapped to my bike somewhere, or stowed away in a jersey pocket? What else should I include for emergencies?

I apologize to anyone who is annoyed by the way I ask questions in the middle of blocks of text.
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Old 02-07-11, 12:27 PM
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Also the Tacx Taos looked nice, but at $70 each it seems a bit expensive.
Don't get the carbon version.
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Originally Posted by kaimat View Post
I just purchased a new 2010 Giant Defy Advanced 3 (photo below, I'll upload my own photos of it soon), but now I need advice on how to improve it aesthetically.

First, I need bottle cages (and bottles). I won't be bringing it outside for a few months, so I have some time to shop around. I purchased a cheap carbon bottle cage off of Ebay, but from what I've read on other threads here, all carbon cages will break at some time. (By the way, if this happens while you're riding do you just have to carry the bottle the rest of the way?) Because of this, I'm hoping to find a cage that will never break; for now any material is fine as long as it looks good on the bike. Bottle recommendations would also be appreciated. Kleen Kanteen seems to get good reviews from the Touring guys here. Also the Tacx Taos looked nice, but at $70 each it seems a bit expensive.

Next, what should I bring along in my saddle bag? It seems obvious to bring an extra tube, patches, and a pump--but should the pump be strapped to my bike somewhere, or stowed away in a jersey pocket? What else should I include for emergencies?

I apologize to anyone who is annoyed by the way I ask questions in the middle of blocks of text.
The answer is in the question.
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Old 02-07-11, 01:53 PM
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Aesthetically the bike will look the best with the least amount of stuff added on to it. So if it is practical enough for you just carry a small tool kit with CO2s in your pocket.
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Old 02-07-11, 01:56 PM
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This has some great ideas.

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That is just what I was thinking about when I saw the word "pimp".
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that saddle cover is so cool. like sitting on a bunny.
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Ok, I got the tassles and the seat cover. Does Soul make good training wheels?
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for the serious answer, i would get a nice looking set of bottle cages and match the handlebar tape and tyres. I like colourful highlights like that. just minor stuff like that. no need to go get unnecessary accessories.

do you have a kickstand yet?
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Originally Posted by kaimat View Post
Next, what should I bring along in my saddle bag? It seems obvious to bring an extra tube, patches, and a pump--but should the pump be strapped to my bike somewhere, or stowed away in a jersey pocket? What else should I include for emergencies?
Protip: Keep the tube in a ziploc bag w/ a bit of talcum powder, makes installing the tube easier.
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Originally Posted by kaimat View Post
I just purchased a new 2010 Giant Defy Advanced 3 (photo below, I'll upload my own photos of it soon), but now I need advice on how to improve it aesthetically.

First, I need bottle cages (and bottles). I won't be bringing it outside for a few months, so I have some time to shop around. I purchased a cheap carbon bottle cage off of Ebay, but from what I've read on other threads here, all carbon cages will break at some time. (By the way, if this happens while you're riding do you just have to carry the bottle the rest of the way?)
1) it will look best if it looks like you actually ride it. WTF with not taking it outside for months?

2) carbon cages don't necessarily break. I've got 2 that are 8 years old and still fine. By contrast, I've had aluminum cages that died of metal fatigue quicker than that.
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2) carbon cages don't necessarily break. I've got 2 that are 8 years old and still fine. By contrast, I've had aluminum cages that died of metal fatigue quicker than that.
+1 Only time I've broken a carbon cage was when I was riding my bike with jeans on and no bottle in the cage, pant leg caught the cage on the downstroke and that was all she wrote.
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Have to agree with Merlin.

Ride the thing and find out what you don't like.
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well if you happen to be wearing a jersey with room in the pockets and your cage breaks, just throw the bottle in there. Chug the water first so it's lighter and you're good to go. or just get cheap bottles and leave them behind.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
1) it will look best if it looks like you actually ride it. WTF with not taking it outside for months?

2) carbon cages don't necessarily break. I've got 2 that are 8 years old and still fine. By contrast, I've had aluminum cages that died of metal fatigue quicker than that.
Too much snow for me. I probably won't be off the trainer until late March/early April (so like 2 months). Thanks for the advice about the carbon cages, though. Just out of curiosity, what kind do you have?
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