What is the best cycling equipment for beginners?



comebackkid

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You need very little other than a bicycle. This morning as the sun was coming up I jumped onto my bicycle and did a fast 33 miles. I had no cycling specific equipment other than the bicycle and a messenger bag I sling over my shoulder to carry an apple, a spare inner-tube, a set of small plastic tire-irons and an adjustable wrench. I also usually take a bottle of water with me held onto the bike with a water-bottle cage. I have flat pedals on the bike I use the most so I just wore sneakers, cut-off shorts and a t-shirt and hat. The messenger bag I bought over 20 years ago, the bicycle I bought about a year and a half ago for $3 at a garage-sale, which of course needed new tires and a chain, but little else outside of standard cleaning and lubricating. It even has the original 1973 brake and shift cables on it, which sounds dangerous, but they must be in good shape as i have put a few thousand miles on them with no signs of fraying or failure. So in summary most of cycling is the person doing it, not the equipment. As long as you have any bike in good mechanical condition, depending on the distance you are riding you need little to nothing else.
 
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Santic

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You need very little other than a bicycle. This morning as the sun was coming up I jumped onto my bicycle and did a fast 33 miles. I had no cycling specific equipment other than the bicycle and a messenger bag I sling over my shoulder to carry an apple, a spare inner-tube, a set of small plastic tire-irons and an adjustable wrench. I also usually take a bottle of water with me held onto the bike with a water-bottle cage. I have flat pedals on the bike I use the most so I just wore sneakers, cut-off shorts and a t-shirt and hat. The messenger bag I bought over 20 years ago, the bicycle I bought about a year and a half ago for $3 at a garage-sale, which of course needed new tires and a chain, but little else outside of standard cleaning and lubricating. It even has the original 1973 brake and shift cables on it, which sounds dangerous, but they must be in good shape as i have put a few thousand miles on them with no signs of fraying or failure. So in summary most of cycling is the person doing it, not the equipment. As long as you have any bike in good mechanical condition, depending on the distance you are riding you need little to nothing else.
Thank you so much!
 
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dabac

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I am a just starting to learn to ride. Any recommendations for riding gear?
Clothes that work for what you’re doing. Stuff that doesn’t chafe, doesn’t catch on the chain and doesn’t billow in the wind. If you intend to ride yourself sweaty, I recommend synthetics, as they dry faster.
For the bike, knowledge, tools and materials to deal with a puncture.
Depending on length of ride, water, a snack, some extra clothing.
 
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Clothes that work for what you’re doing. Stuff that doesn’t chafe, doesn’t catch on the chain and doesn’t billow in the wind. If you intend to ride yourself sweaty, I recommend synthetics, as they dry faster.
For the bike, knowledge, tools and materials to deal with a puncture.
Depending on length of ride, water, a snack, some extra clothing.
Thank you for your reply. What should I pay more attention to?