Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
Thought I would start a new thread where I can ask random questions in my quest to get on the road
My list of things to buy so far:
- road shoes (already got pedals)
- pump for home
- pump for bike
- bike bag to carry spare tube and tube change thingo/other things
- bike computer
- bike shorts
- leg warmers
God, the accessories sure do add up don't they.
Last edited by perception twin on Tue Oct 23, 2007 2:29 pm, edited 2 times in total.
depends on how much of a pansy u are! LOL
durin the winter months (esp at early morn or nite), i usually ride with a short sleeved jersy, arm warmers and just recently got a wind vest
that way, ur body - which u wanna keep warm - stays warm, yet if it gets a bit too hot, just rip off the arm warmers. since using the wind vest, i've felt HEAPS more comfortable ridin on chilly/windy mornings
so add a wind vest to ur list!
too many useful bits of equipment I say. But there you go
- wind jersey
and that should be about it!!!! I hope anyway
I will have to start figuring out the order in which to get these things or just save up and hope to get a discount. I know torpedo 7 online does reasonably cheap warmers.
- Pumps/repair kit
Where abouts are you riding?
Here in Canberra, you wouldn't want to ride in a jersey / arm warmers in the morning, but by the afternoon it's OK.
If cold and wind are an issue, get a long sleeved jersey in 'roubaix' fabric with windproof panels on the front and a rain shell. A windproof jersey is fine if it's just windy.
Lights? There's another squillion dollars!
Litespeed Classic - 3Al/2.5V titanium tube set, Record 9-speed groupset, Open Corsa Evo CX
Alchemy Diablo - Columbus Zonal tubing, Ultegra 9-speed groupset, UltraGatorskins
Gitane Rocks T1 - U6 tubing, Deore/XT groupset, CrossMarks
In Canberra, to ride in under 5 degree mornings, you will need the following:
(at least that is what I wear)
1. Thermal undershirt
2. Long Sleeve Jersey
3. Riding jacket (I got a windtex one)
4. Leg warmers
5. Thermal gloves
6. Thermal socks
7 Skull cap
8. Shoe covers
9. Neck warmer
If you have not got your lights, think about getting one of those LED torches. I got a Cree from dealextreme.com, whole thing with charger and batt (li-ion) cost under $50 delivered. You have to figure a way to attach the torch to your bike tho. Mine was rated at 8W by the manufacturer, but its over-rated, I'd say it was closer to a 4W(?) light by comparison.
Do the scare-away Magpies zip-ties or equivalent count as accessories?
Yes, you can get them.
Yes, they are very effective.
No, they don't scuff the Tommassini paintwork because they are clamped in place and the pump itself never touches the paint.
I had a good bike ... so I fixed it
I have a Blackburn Airstik hand pump that I have permanently on my bike attached under the bottle cage on the down tube. It can go on the seat tube too, but they recommend mounting it on the down tube.
I used it as my only pump for the road bike for about 3 months. I've used it twice after flats. It has a two way action up to about 60 PSI so you can get the pressure rideable pretty fast, after that you start having to push harder & harder, it will eventually get you to 120.
Doesn't move around or scuff anything.
You can also get tiny little telescoping ones that you can fit in a jersey pocket, but they take forever to pump your tyres if you ever need to use them. The cheap plastic BBB hand pumps also take forever.
I have the pump I think Mike recommended way back on Chase mounted this way without drama.
My only problem has been on Joe where the Velocity cage screws where not long enough for the cage and the pump. Maybe something to watch out for.
I am riding in good old Adelaide.
I was wondering if anyone knows of any shops in Adelaide with a good selection of bike clothing?
I think my things to buy list is down to the "basics":
- Shoes (already have pedals + cleats)
- Bike shorts (Bibs vs. normal? how much better are they? and what brands are good?)
- Leg Warmers (Torpedo7 I recon)
- Shoe covers (do you need them?)
- Bike pump
- Floor pump
- basic flashing lights, I dont need anything good.. unlikely to ride in the dark, just to be more visible not to see
- seat bag for spare tubes etc.
Thats about it lol, I wont go with a Jersey and that for now unless I find a good deal.
Shoe covers, find out if your feet get cold first. If you have heavily ventilated road shoes they can be good in winter.
Bike shorts, the longer your trip the more you should spend. For 10 - 20km any shorts are fine. The cheaper shorts/pads aren't quite as comfortable as the rides get longer.
Jerseys are good, they give you back pockets in which you can fit a surprising amount of stuff. (Phone, wallet, spare tube, some food, keys)
Another option, which I am considering but a friend of mine reckons are the duck 's nuts, are wearing a pair of SealSkinz socks. SealSkinz socks are waterproof. The advantage is you don't get the wear issue with booties but on the downside your shoes do get wet.
I think I will get regular bike shorts for now, I dont really have any normal shorts that are suitable for riding.. on my mtb sometimes I used my old soccer shorts
I will probably get at least 1 jersey. Adelaide mornings aren't that bad, between 5-10 degrees usually about 8. I will probably find cheaper ways to keep myself warm if I have to.
Yeah I think its a good idea if you dont mind getting your upper getting soaked, It probably depends on what material they are too.
I haven't actually taken it for a spin since I bought it!
I am waiting for a chance to go and get some shoes (tomorrow). I cant wait to get out there for the break in ride which I will do tomorrow as soon as I get home
I just took my new bike for a spin for the first time and boy! was it awesome
This was my first REAL ride on a road bike with proper pedals and everything.. and yeah I took it on my usual mountain bike route and its amazing how much better it is on the roadie. I can cruise up the hills a lot faster even though the mtb has lower gearing and the roadie has standard road gearing. Overall its just a better ride, though the whole posture is still new. I also think slowly taking to riding on the road with my moutain bike has paid off.
I went to the shop earlier today to buy:
- bike shorts (netti) and I found them comfortable on my ride, didn't get any jerseys.. I shall use my soccer tops for the moment as subsitutes as its the same kinda material and they aren't that loose
- floor pump
- bike pump
- bike seat bag as I have no pockets and its just extra storage anyway
- tire levers
- a couple of spare tubes
- gloves (they actually did come in handy as I didnt realise how sore your hands get when your not used to holding up your weight and braking)
- shoes of course, fitted with look cleats.. I found it only took me a few rounds up and down my street unclipping to get used to it. Also riding off from roundabouts also teaches you quickly with cars around
So after I went to the shop I couldn't wait to go home and try it out.
Now I just gotta buy arm and leg warmers from Torpedo7 and i am set for the moment.
I wear the netti shyshorts and basic shyshorts. Of the two, I prefer the cut of the basics and have done centuries in them. Their big attraction is that they work well off the bike - there's no need for anyone to notice you're in your cycling clobber, which can be a plus if you're off the bike for some time.
There are two big advantages to the jersies over other sporting shirts - the first is the long cut of them (your back isn't exposed) and the second is those nifty pockets on the back. I wear them for the pockets more than anything else.
I had a good bike ... so I fixed it
Well since yesterday I have ordered:
- arm warmers
- leg warmers
Even though its nice and sunny in Adelaide at the moment its still cold riding
- shoe covers as my shoes have decent sized vents
I got the warmers from Torpedo 7 the exustar ones.. worked out a lot cheaper than getting the Netti ones.
I also bought some basic led lights, I just need them to flash
Next things to get are riding jerseys and wind breakers. Has anyone bought the ones they sell on E-bay? not sure if they are imitations or what and whether they do the job.
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