(Closed) Any cyclists out there? Need road bike gear advice!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@oracle:  CO2 cartridges are great for fast pumps when you are racing, as long as you are careful not to over inflate the tire. But they can be costly to use all the time, especially if you get flats often like I used to when I road biked more. There are places to recycle the used cartridges or get the refilled.

This is a good CO2 pump and these are cartridges that would fit.

A good multi tool is very handy to have, so you can make adjustments on the go. I had one like this one and it was fantastic.

A fun cycling jersey is always a good gift too.

Post # 4
3248 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@oracle:  I just carry an extra inner tube and a tube repair kit, and a very small, light tire pump on my bike. (Nashbar, an online company, has lots of these kinds of things). However, although I’m a road biker, I’m not so much into super-high efficiency, high speed, etc.– and carrying this stuff is a bit heavier than carrying CO2 cartridges, though it’s quite possible to stay very lightweight and streamlined with this stuff (but I agree with mrstilly– that could get expensive). 

An opportunity to find a bike seat (“saddle, as they’re called) that REALLY fits you and is comfortable is extremely high on my list of bike must-haves, but maybe he already went through that. . . good-quality gel-padded cycling mitts are nice if one is going to be riding for long periods. . . and there are gobs of gadgets out there, but I’m a bit of a minimalist in the gadget department so I don’t know much about them!

Post # 5
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I love the cartriges but have to admit that the good old trusty hand pump is the most reliable for me personally. 

Other good accessories:  nice padded gloves (Pearl Izumi is my favorite), a good cyclocomputer with GPS, a jersey with pockets, and like PP mentioned a multitool.  Great smaller presents would be more tubes, patch kits, these great tiny towels that expand when you open the package (Go Towels), co2 cartridges… so many things.


Aw, this made me miss riding my bike.  Have fun!!!!!

Post # 8
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I second the gloves!

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