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hey,

just wanted to introduce myself. i just got a mtn bike yesterday. a specialized hard rock sport. i got it to do some light riding and trails. where i live there are some good trails to go on and some good places to ride. so i thought i should take advantage.

got the bike for super cheap, scoured CL for quite a while.

however now i am looking for some gear...helmet and things like that...

does anyone have some helmet suggestions?

is there any necessary gear that i absolutely HAVE to get?

thanks in advance, and i look forward to being a part of this community.
 

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besthaticouldo said:
does anyone have some helmet suggestions?
One that fits properly. Everything else is window dressing.
besthaticouldo said:
is there any necessary gear that i absolutely HAVE to get?
In addition to the helmet, I'd recommend a pair of sunglasses. Not only will they keep the glare down, they'll keep the wind out of your eyes. Blades work best for me, but YMMV.

Others might recommend gloves; I prefer to ride without.
besthaticouldo said:
thanks in advance, and i look forward to being a part of this community.
Welcome to the board and to the sport. Warning: trail riding is addictive! :thumbsup:
 

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hdparrish said:
One that fits properly. Everything else is window dressing.

In addition to the helmet, I'd recommend a pair of sunglasses. Not only will they keep the glare down, they'll keep the wind out of your eyes. Blades work best for me, but YMMV.

Others might recommend gloves; I prefer to ride without.

Welcome to the board and to the sport. Warning: trail riding is addictive! :thumbsup:
+1 for gloves. I to ride without but when your first getting started a good pair of padded gloves is a must for road or trail
 

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Oh and welcome by the way were glad to have you. There are some real"sharpies" on here so your never far from help
 

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Welcome to the Specialized club! I'd go with a cheap Giro 1-for-all helmet, and get yourself some gloves. I also highly recommend some eye protection. I got a pair off of SafetyGlassesUSA.com, they don't have to be expensive. A water bottle, but more likely a camel-back for longer rides to keep hydrated (I'm talking about a backpack with a waterbag in it). Or just throw some more water bottles in a backpack you already own.

If you plan on going out in the trails or anywhere farther than around the block you'll need a spare tube (and a patch kit can't hurt), a multi-tool (or at least a couple allen wrenches and a tire lever), and a small bike pump. You don't want to have to end your ride and walk home just because you got a flat.

I also recommended something like a Sram Powerlink incase of a chain break. A good multi-tool will also have a chain breaker.

It's really not that much to bring with you, and believe me it's all necessary.
 

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hdparrish said:
One that fits properly. Everything else is window dressing.

In addition to the helmet, I'd recommend a pair of sunglasses. Not only will they keep the glare down, they'll keep the wind out of your eyes. Blades work best for me, but YMMV.

Others might recommend gloves; I prefer to ride without.

Welcome to the board and to the sport. Warning: trail riding is addictive! :thumbsup:
thanks man. got a bell helmet last night that i liked and fit well. also i have a few sets of oakley glasses. both polarized and non.

i did get a set of gloves. as well.

i am definitely looking forward to going trail riding. thanks for the welcome.

pamt said:
Oh and welcome by the way were glad to have you. There are some real"sharpies" on here so your never far from help
thanks man! appreciate it.

dundundata said:
Welcome to the Specialized club! I'd go with a cheap Giro 1-for-all helmet, and get yourself some gloves. I also highly recommend some eye protection. I got a pair off of SafetyGlassesUSA.com, they don't have to be expensive. A water bottle, but more likely a camel-back for longer rides to keep hydrated (I'm talking about a backpack with a waterbag in it). Or just throw some more water bottles in a backpack you already own.

If you plan on going out in the trails or anywhere farther than around the block you'll need a spare tube (and a patch kit can't hurt), a multi-tool (or at least a couple allen wrenches and a tire lever), and a small bike pump. You don't want to have to end your ride and walk home just because you got a flat.

I also recommended something like a Sram Powerlink incase of a chain break. A good multi-tool will also have a chain breaker.

It's really not that much to bring with you, and believe me it's all necessary.
i got a bottle for now, i will probably get a camelback sometime soon.

do you guys have some specific recommendations as far as gear? like backpacks? multitool? different tubes better then others? pump?

i was looking at the Topeak Alien II mutlitool, and then some tire levers as well.

thanks in advance!
 

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besthaticouldo said:
do you guys have some specific recommendations as far as gear? like backpacks? multitool? different tubes better then others? pump?
Most of this stuff boils down to preference. However, I haven't noticed a great deal of difference in multitools, tubes or hand pumps.

Heck, I purchased a cheap Blackburn Mammoth handpump when I first started riding in 2006 and am still using it. It was the only pump I had until I finally bought a floor pump last month.

As for hydration packs, I got by with a clunky military surplus model for several seasons that had virtually no storage space. The bite valve leaked and the pack didn't fit/sit well, so I replaced it this offseason with a CamelBak Lobo that I purchased at Chainlove.com for $35. The Lobo has a tad more storage space and is night-and-day better in terms of "feeding" water.

The Lobo is perfect for my routine rides, but I'm also looking for something bigger for all-day treks or grocery runs. That's the thing with biking--there's always something on your wish list.
 

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hdparrish said:
Most of this stuff boils down to preference. However, I haven't noticed a great deal of difference in multitools, tubes or hand pumps.

Heck, I purchased a cheap Blackburn Mammoth handpump when I first started riding in 2006 and am still using it. It was the only pump I had until I finally bought a floor pump last month.
I have a couple of Blackburn Mammoth Mountain pumps I bought in the mid-90's that still work great. For the money, those cannot be beat.
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Somehow, I ended up with one of these multi-tools. I see they sell for $12.95 right now at Nashbar. I don't think you can do better for a multi-tool that has a decent chain breaker:

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_128426_-1_202287_10000_202585
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I'd also recommend these tire levers:

http://cgi.ebay.com/PARK-BIKE-BICYC...932?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5adef76d2c

or these

http://cgi.ebay.com/PARK-TOOL-TL-4-...738?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb58f27fa
 
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