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What to else to get with the new bike?(14 posts)

What to else to get with the new bike?ronniedee
Jul 22, 2002 5:42 PM
I will be making first roadbike purchase in next week or two. Currently the only bike apparel I own is a pair of baggies, a couple pairs of socks and, of course, a helmet. I usually wear a tshirt when I go mountain biking.

My plan is to ride Saturdays/Sundays and then two or three morning rides during the week.

I plan on picking up a pair of bike shorts, but I don't know what else to get. Do I really need a jersey? How many? And how many shorts? Do most people wash this stuff after every ride?

Are there any fashion faux pas I should know about?

Also, which bike computer is recommended?

I realize that it's not supposed to about the accessories, but the riding itself. But the truth of the matter is that the goodies excite me too! And I'd like to take advantage of the discount provided with the bike purchase at the LBS.

I plan to get:
*bike shorts
*jersey
*computer
*flat kit/bag
*shoes/pedals

Any recommendations as far as what to look for? Favorite shorts? And what should I consider adding to my list?

My thinking is that I want a highly visible jersey and Look Pedals. Other than that, I will let the LBS help me. Although I like the guys at my local shop, I still feel more comfortable shelling out money after getting input from other enthusiasts who are not making a buck off of me.

Thanks for any comments!
re: What to else to get with the new bike?WCC
Jul 22, 2002 5:58 PM
Instead of shorts get bibs. You'll be glad you did. You can get a decent pair of bibs at www.voler.com. Buy a plain jersey. It will evaporate sweat unlike a tshirt that will stay wet, not to mention flap in the wind. Get some Defeet socks at the voler site. Get a computer with cadence. Get a small saddle bag, extra tube and some sort of inflation device. I carry the CO2 cartridges, they are small and fit in the bag.

Yes, wash before wearing again. Or dont expect others to ride close to you..if you get my drift. I can barely undress and my wife is washing my clothes.
washing is not just for removing smellColnagoFE
Jul 23, 2002 6:26 AM
you'll get all types of nasty rashes and saddle sores if you ride in dirty shorts--and another tip in case you didn't know it--you don't wear 'em with underwear. Get a full sized frame pump that fits your bike. Don't mess with CO2 until you get a bit more experienced or are planning on racing.
re: What to else to get with the new bike?High Gear
Jul 22, 2002 6:03 PM
Make sure you get a spare tube and small pump or a co2 inflator too. I would start with two pair of shorts. Try on some bib shorts, as the chamois will stay tighter against you for a better fit. Road gloves are nice to have. As for computers, Avocet and Cateye have been around for a long time and are known for quality. As far what you call fashion faux pas , I would stay away from any of the tour leader jerseys like the polka dot or yellow jersey. Good luck with your new road bike. Enjoy!
not about the bikecapnjim01
Jul 22, 2002 6:32 PM
Is it just me or has anybody else noticed that 5 of the top 10 places are riding American made bikes. Watching OLN recap and just bored.
re: What to else to get with the new bike?Breakfast
Jul 22, 2002 6:29 PM
Let's see,

I have, besides the bike:

Head to toe,

helmet
bandana
sunglasses
jersey
bib shorts
gloves
cycling socks
Sidi Genius shoes (Speedplay pedals,cleats)...

...and carry in jersey pockets the following,

tube
C02 inflator
tire levers
small tool kit (hex keys, patches, cement, coins, tire boot all in an Altoids tin box)

Plus, in bottle cages,
water in bottles.

Basic ride kit. Money, credit card and food for long rides.
re: What to else to get with the new bike?Scot_Gore
Jul 22, 2002 6:30 PM
If you don't have a floor pump, get one. Your frame pump just isn't going to get you to the PSI you'll need for your road tires.

Shorts, jerseys, bibs etc are matters for personal taste and preference, get what you like, and don't worry about what others think about what you're wearing. Get a pair of gloves.

To add to your flat kit you'll want tire wrenchs. I recommend Crank Bros. Crank Arm.

For Shoes and Pedals you have lots of choices to make. There's been some recent posts regarding the pros and cons of MTB pedals & shoes on a road bike. Look back a couple of days.

The only other thing I can think of is a pair of sports sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Good luck

Scot
re: What to else to get with the new bike?Roadfrog
Jul 22, 2002 7:25 PM
In my little flat kit I also carry one of those presta to shrader adapter doodads... It has saved me before! If you used up your spare tube you could fill up at a service station. Also, you can put about a dollar or so in quarters in there in case you need to make the dreaded "Pick my stranded ass up" call. If you ride early in the mornings during the week, you should have some sort of light on the back of your bike. Hope this helps! HOP
Advicejanson
Jul 22, 2002 8:26 PM
Definitely get a jersey- I would call wearing lycra shorts with a T-shirt is definitely a fashion error (though everyone else in the world thinks we are dorks anyways...)

Get an extra tube- an inflation device (I would say CO2- it's small and easy- tire levers-and maybe a 5mm hex or something.

Shoes and pedals are good. I use my mountain pedals/shoes- its cheaper that way.
I just stick the tube under the seat, and stick the tools in my jersey pockets. owrks fine and I don't like saddle bags anyways.

Sorry if I started treated you like a complete novice rather than a mt biker getting a road.
MTB & road are very different...ronniedee
Jul 23, 2002 6:26 PM
No offense taken and thanks for your input. Once you get into this sport, you realize that it's quite different from mountain biking. So, I actually am a complete novice.
re: What to else to get with the new bike?Mr Good
Jul 22, 2002 8:27 PM
My priorities would be:

Shoes--must be comfortable, take your time trying on different sizes/brands. Should be snug, but toes should not touch end of shoe. I've only worn SIDI for the past 12 years. But your comfort and fit is more important than the brand name!

Pedals--I like Speedplay, then Look. You can buy any price point from these two brands and they work great. Speedplay are more sensitive/finicky, but I think they are worth it. Looks are simpler, you'll wear out more cleats, probably the most popular road pedal.

Jersey--The plain solid color Casetelli jerseys are pretty classy, but cost about $65. Look around for bargains. You can't go wrong with solid colors. Some people frown upon replica pro jerseys, others think they're cool. No one likes "Primal Wear" (brand name) jerseys.

Bike shorts--I'd get multiple pairs of less expensive shorts, just so I don't have to wash 'em every day!

FLOOR PUMP--You should get this in addition to the pump you carry. Road tires are hard to pump to full pressure. Silca is supposed to be great. I've had a Zefal Husky for 12 years, it is tough as nails. I stuck a Silca head on it, works great.

Computer?--I don't need no stinkin' computer! Get a cheap one, unless you have a good job, in which case you should get one with a heart monitor, GPS, and altimiter :)

Put some miles on that bike and let us know how you like it!
Some basics from another recent newbie.fracisco
Jul 22, 2002 9:21 PM
Okay, you'll get shoes and pedals. Your shop will probably have Look PP206's for not that much money, and get some shoes that fit well, and don't break your bank. It's okay to start with $75 dollar shoes, and think about getting $175 shoes for xmas. Red Look cleats are cheap and work well, too.

I would recommend a frame pump. A couple of extra tubes, a patch kit, and an underseat bag. If you go frame pump instead of CO2 inflator, then you should also get a pump strap.

You should get a floor pump.

You will get two bottle cages and two bottles. Your LBS may throw this in gratis, or may charge you.

My LBS had an off name Italian brand of short and jersey that I started with. They were a lot less expensive than the name brands, and work fine for me. Eventually you may want to check out www.voler.com to see why everybody raves about them.

Ask for a recommendation for a chain lube. Ask for some recommended maintenance tips.

Say hi to the mechanics if they are there. They may recognize you when you come in. I see two of my LBS' mechanics 2 - 3 times a week on training rides, now, but they remembered by odd colored bike before they got to know my name.

In a few weeks, think about a computer or a heart rate monitor. You don't need those things right away, and they can be shopped around on the 'net.

Buy some rags and some simple green at your Target/Costco/Home Depot, and don't be afraid to use them.

Enjoy!
Toys, toys, and more toys! It's Christmas in July!!!spyderman
Jul 23, 2002 12:30 AM
Welcome to the road! The accessories at my LBS were too expensive, so I bought most either at Performance or on the net.

Bike: Free life-time tune-ups.

Computer: If Shimano group, then get the 'Flight Deck'.
It's worth every penny! You can even use it on your mtb too. http://bike.shimano.com/computer/index.asp
I would get this at your LBS. There are three wiring harnesses, which can be a bit confusing. Campy offers their 'Ergo Brain'. Don't know much abt it.

Jersey/shorts: For the amt of cycling you're planning, buy at least two sets. Team jerseys go for abt $70 each. You can make a statement if you like, but it doesn't have to be too fancy. If you've got the cash go for it!

Gloves: You know.

Two water bottle cages.

Floor Pump(If you haven't already got one): I use Topeak's Joe Blow digital. It beeps when you reach your preset PSI.

Flat kit/bag: Ditto on the CO2. Multi-tool.

Enjoy!
my 2 centsDougSloan
Jul 23, 2002 6:58 AM
Get some good shorts, maybe even 2 pair. It's nice to have an extra, so you can ride if one is dirty or in the laundry. I'd suggest getting 2 different brands, as then the pressure points and irritations will be in different places. Me, I hate bibs. They make it harder to pee, and you have to remove your jersey for number 2. I also think they are quite a bit hotter in the summer. I don't like the straps over my shoulders, either. Some people swear by them, I swear at them.

Get at least one decent, light colored jersey. The pockets are nice to have. As far as fashion faux pas, just avoid the flourescent ones. A nice yellow or white is fine. You'll accumulate jerseys as you do events or find sales.

I'd stick with a standard Cateye computer. Keep it simple.

I like Look pedals and Shmano carbon fiber sole shoes. Pretty standard stuff.

You'll want to carry 2 tubes and a patch kit. The glueless patches didn't work for me. Also carry a small tire kit, and 1 tire lever if 1 works for you. I use CO2's, the 16 gram threaded kind. The 12 grams won't fill a 23mm tire. If you carry 3 CO2's, you shouldn't need a frame pump, too, but anything can happen. If you ride with others, you might be ok.

Certainly get a floor pump for filling before each ride. Just make sure it has a guage. I like the Topeak Joe Blow Pro.

Get some Chamois Butt'r and use it for longer rides. Smear it on the shorts chamois before riding. More is better for long rides.

I like thick socks, even in summer. Defeat has some cotton and wool ones. My feet stay much more comfortable than with the tiny thin ones. Does't matter much for really short rides, though. I'm sort of into long distance stuff.

Buy other tools as you need them. At least have a good set of hex wrenches; I have both socket type and T handles.

Get some books on training and maintence, too. Knowledge is good.

Doug