Never new this. Thanks for the tip.Coop29 said:Pick up a chain guard. It looks like you've already got a little scratch. If you ever plan on selling it, you don't want that area to be all beat up.
Congrats- ride and enjoy!! Upgrade your pedals when your ready. As for the handlebars, if you were fit at the BS, you may not want to change your geometry.
Chainstay protector, actually...bwheelin said:Anybody have a chaingaurd recommendations?
Please don't waste your money on a chainstay guard. They're a waste of money and don't really stay on.bwheelin said:Anybody have a chaingaurd recommendations?
I know someone mentioned a lizardskins.
Even if I was riding at night I'd leave the reflectors off and wear some kind of reflector belt or something on my body, or light. As a noob, once I was advised to get rid of the reflectors, I can't see myself riding with them on. I'd rather have lights.Qatarbhoy said:Judging by those close-up photos, you are in love! Good for you.
>First thing to do, if you're going to ride off road, remove the reflectors.
True, but if you're planning on using the bike on the road at dusk or at night at all, leave the reflectors on and get some decent lights too. I want to take all the reflectors off my main offroader but i do find myself on the road at twilight so it makes more sense to leave them.
>Second, that water bottle has to go.
Helmet, gloves, padded shorts, shoes, tire repair kit...etc
x2. Get a little case to go under the saddle for the essentials. If you do any sort of distance get a camelbak or equivalent for water. You can get a decent pack for $20 or so.
Ride the bike till those pedals are scratched to bits (encourage them if necessary) then go clipless.
What's the deal with the fork?
Your're right. It shouldn't be a sign of noobness, but my bike looks better without them.Qatarbhoy said:Every little helps. Reflectors alone are useless but even with lights you cna be almost invisible to a motorist. When you drive you know how difficult it can be to see cyclists even with lights. Reflective gear helps a lot, but most of my cycling clothes aren't bright colours or have reflective strips, so I've kept the reflectors on up to now. As it's very hot where I live I often find myself cycling home at dusk which is a dangerous time to be out.
People used to be told not to wear helmets but attitudes are changing. Something that makes you safer shouldn't be seen as a sign of noobness.
Convince yourself the bike will be an ounce lighter without them.Qatarbhoy said:Frankly i'm hoping my remaining reflectors fall off on their own. that way i have a cooler looking bike without feeling guilty about taking them off...