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I mentioned I'd be buying my bike this week.<br><br>
I have a few questions.<br><br>
1) Do I want a granny gear?<br>
On my hybrid, I do most my cycling in 2 (1-3) on the back and 5-6 (1-<img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif"> on the front--- of course, that might be because if it drops into 1 in the back or below 3 in the front it starts doing weird things. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">)<br>
Georgia is hilly.<br><br>
2) Do I want to go straight into clipless pedals, or get used to the different style bike for a few months before going clipless?<br><br>
3) What accessories will I want? I assume a bike computer, but what else won't come on the bike that I'll want to pick up.<br><br><br>
Thanks!<br><br>
-Heather
 

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Clipless, definitley, but one thing after you get them, practice getting in and our first, preferabbly while leaning against the wall, that way you are used to it, and also to make sure the pedals aren't to tight<br><br>
A water bottle cage<br>
A blinky light for the back, and a headlight for the front
 

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Water bottle, cage. Or a camelbak.<br><br>
You know, I've never carried tools or parts with me in all the years I've been riding. Only once had to walk out of the woods (about a mile) with a flat. I guess if I rode on the road more often, I'd probably consider it, being that walking back on a 30 mile ride could really suck.<br><br>
Apparel? - assume you already have a helmet... that's mandatory. Shorts help. I wear gloves because I don't want to sacrifice my hands if I go down. I thumbed my nose at jersies for years, but now that I have a couple, I see their value.
 

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I hate that they spell "camelbak" the way they do. It makes me not ever want to buy one.<br><br>
That is all.
 

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The granny gear is going to be your call. Michigan isn't particularly hilly, so my road bike has never left the largest ring gear. I've not cycled in Georgia.<br><br>
I'd go straight into clipless. I've got Shimano SPDs on all of my bikes, and use mountain bike shoes.<br><br>
I'd get a couple water cages/bottles. I don't like to carry a camelbak on my road bike. I've got a Cateye computer that triggers from the rear wheel, so I can use it on the trainer as well.<br><br>
Also , for a road bike, like PH mentioned, I'd get a small seat bag big enough for tire levers, a tube, and a cell phone. I don't carry a patch kit. Also, either a hand or CO2 pump.<br><br>
Gloves and shorts help for longer rides. I wear a jersey sometimes on longer rides.<br><br>
Enjoy!<br><br><i>BTW - what are you getting?</i>
 

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I have a camelbak. On my hybrid I have a bottle cage too... because I'm likely to skip all the work of getting my camelbak ready if I can. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I'd go clipless right off too - in for a penny in for a pound. Plus if your shop is any good you'll get a better deal on the peddals if you get them put on the bike right off.<br><br>
Granny gear. Good question. It all depends. If this is a racing bike I wouldn't. Besides you can play with the gear ratios on the rear cluster to make the bike more forgiving on hills or faster on the flats. If this is a sport bike that you might take touring or you just want to have the extra gears then I'd go with the third chain ring.<br><br>
Extras. Computers are nice. Go wireless. I've ripped so many wires over the years I could have paid for the wireless one a couple of times over. If you don't have them get some basic tools or a well designed multitool. Patch kit, spoke wrench, high pressure pump and flasing LED lights if you plan to ride at night. If you hydrate via a camel back then I'd ignore the bike bag and stick your tools in it - I've always found under seat bags a bit of a PITA.<br><br>
That's all I can think of. Enjoy the bike!
 

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did you get your bike yet? You're a sterong rider on your hybrid....no granny gear vote from tithers.
 

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I agree. I'd never wear a Camelbak (the spelling bothers my senses, too) for a run, but I would for a bike ride.<br><br>
I didn't go clipless, but only because I was working under a budget when I bought my bike and I'm still without clipless pedals. One of these days, I'll get them. Anywho, I guess all the other stuff depends on what you want to do with your bike?
 

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Go clipless. I couldn't imagine not.<br><br>
Have a repair kit...water bottle cages...and computer.<br><br>
What about aerobars. You're doing du's and possibly tri's right? I'd recommend getting them.<br><br>
Gloves...<br><br>
Good luck! I love cycling and it's a huge part of my life now. Your bike looks nice! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Another thing that I thought of, is an airpump that attaches to the frame, albeit their a PITA to get your tire inflated but if you are in the middle ol knowhere it beats nothing at all.<br><br>
Also, spend 20-30 bucks on a nice floor pump for your home, and defintely buy a bunch of spare tubes. I always keep at least four on hand at all times.<br><br>
and you will might want to look at a bike rack for your car. I got a good deal on one from ebay
 

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I've "managed" so far without a granny gear. I only got in trouble once 5 years ago in my one and only duathlon. I simply could not get up a large hill and as I'm running my bike up the hill, two ladies powered by me.<img alt="sad10.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad10.gif"><br><br>
My knees love my speedplays. They are a little harder to clip out, but worth it
 

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I'm a big believer in being seen when I'm on the road. Wear bright colors. Check out <a href="http://www.lightmanstrobes.com" target="_blank">www.lightmanstrobes.com</a>. They sell the same type of lighting seen on police bikes. You can get a duel set, one white and one red, that can be split forward and backward. A single switch controls both. Also have a steady bright light facing forward.<br><br>
Rob
 
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