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Hi, just purchased an almost new Caldera and I love it.

Found this form and thought it would be an ideal place to join to get advice.

just a couple of questions from a novice -

1/ The grips on the handlebars are closed on the end with no caps. I have a mirror I used to use and insert into the end of the bar - is the only option to cut the lovely logo off the end?

2/ anyone recommend some standard pedals as it came with clip in ones and I just want o be able to ride the bike with normal footwear. maybe straps would be a good option?

3/ anyone else using a cradle for their phone on the bike? any recommendations.

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What are you using the bike for? Sounds like you are using it more as a commuter bike than a Mountain bike. If the mirror you have requires being inserted than your 2 options are cutting the end of replacing the grips. I dont know anything about cell phone holders for bikes, but I would limit your distractions biking and talking on the phone shouldn't mix. As far as pedals go, pretty much go and get what ever ones you like I guess. I just use cheap plastic pedals on my get around town bike.
 

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thisisthecount said:
Hi, just purchased an almost new Caldera and I love it.

Found this form and thought it would be an ideal place to join to get advice.

just a couple of questions from a novice -

1/ The grips on the handlebars are closed on the end with no caps. I have a mirror I used to use and insert into the end of the bar - is the only option to cut the lovely logo off the end?

2/ anyone recommend some standard pedals as it came with clip in ones and I just want o be able to ride the bike with normal footwear. maybe straps would be a good option?

3/ anyone else using a cradle for their phone on the bike? any recommendations.

thanks
If you are actually going to be using that bike for mountainbiking, why would you want to put on a mirror? There wont be significant traffic behind you, it will reduce your ability to clear trees on the side of the trail, and it will likely be destroyed during your first crash. If you are just using the bike for commuting I'm not sure why you bought the caldera because such a nice bike will likely get stolen quickly if you lock it up somewhere.
As for the pedals, I wouldnt worry about straps. Most beginning mtbers will dislike the clipless pedals and get rid of them initially (myself included), but will later put them back on when they are comfortable with the bike and realize the benefits. Put the clipless pedals in a box and buy $15 platform pedals and ride those until you see the light.
Do not put a phone cradle on your bike. If you ever crash your phone will go flying or the cradle will break. There are no benefits to installing a cradle since you should never be on the phone while riding your bike. Put it in your camelback/pocket.
 

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thanks guys.

the bike will mostly be used on some farm road tracks, hill areas and tracks around here and will be used 20% of the time on the road.

The mirror was for when I was on any major roads really for safety.

the cradle was for my phone as it is an mp3 player as well.

the pedals, I see what you mean - will get some cheap ones for now.

in terms of security - I guess yes, it might be subject to being stolen. any advice on locks? I have the barrel type at the moment - what would you say would be the best bet?
 

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Get a quality u-lock (i.e not a deparment store $10 lock but something like the higher end kryptonite-brand locks) and also a thick cable. Whenever you lock the bike up attach the frame to a stationary object that cant be easily sawed through, and put the cable through the wheels. Under no circumstances leave the bike locked up for longer than a few hours, and only during the day. Preferably you wouldnt lock it up in public anywhere. This might sound paranoid but I have had my first mtb stolen from my backyard (with a lock on it), my gf's mtb was stolen when she parked it during daylight on a busy street with both a u-lock and cable on it for an hour (cheap locks) Her second mtb was locked up with quality locks but all the parts were stripped when she left it in public overnight. Now we store our bikes locked up in a shed with u-locks/cables on each of the individual bikes. I hope your area is better with regards to bike theft, but then again, it might not be. Good luck and enjoy your new bike!
 

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On the mirror, I have several of the type you mention. You either need to cut your grip, or you can guy out and buy a set of lock-on grips. I got tired of always cutting good grips, so I went the latter route on my around-town bike. I bought a pair of Specialized-brand lock-ons for $25 or so. They came with end plugs. I put an end plug into my right-hand grip and my mirror into the left-hand grip. The result looks great, because I don't have any cut marks.

On the Caldera, I think that's a nice bike. I bid recently on a Caldera frame that came up on eBay. I'm still kicking myself for not bidding more aggressively for it.

For pedals, I'm running Specialized brand Lo Po Mag BMX pedals. They're pricey, but they work well. I also have good luck with Shimano MX 30s.
 

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On the mirror, I have several of the type you mention. You either need to cut your grip, or you can guy out and buy a set of lock-on grips. I got tired of always cutting good grips, so I went the latter route on my around-town bike. I bought a pair of Specialized-brand lock-ons for $25 or so. They came with end plugs. I put an end plug into my right-hand grip and my mirror into the left-hand grip. The result looks great, because I don't have any cut marks.

On the Caldera, I think that's a nice bike. I bid recently on a Caldera frame that came up on eBay. I'm still kicking myself for not bidding more aggressively for it.

For pedals, I'm running Specialized brand Lo Po Mag BMX pedals. They're pricey, but they work well. I also have good luck with Shimano MX 30s.
 

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You could always get one of those small mirrors that attaches to your helmet - never used one though, so I don't know how effective they are.

I have an '08 Caldera that I OCCASIONALLY use for commuting - I work downtown and the building has a several bike racks with a security guard always outside, so it is fairly secure. Since I am concerned with weight I bought a Kryptonite Evolution Mini, and some Pinhead locking skewers for both wheels and seatpost, so I don't need a cable. So far so good.
 

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heh i have an 08 caldera as well...i hope you enjoy it..cause i love mine alot...it stands up to some good punishment too
 

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yeah love it so far, haven't given it any punishment as yet, I;m a bit of a novice at this at the moment! getting it serviced today....
 
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