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    the new proud owner of Trek Cobia 29ner

    So last night i went and ordered a Trek Cobia, they had to order it from Trek and then put it together for me, so next Wednesday it should be ready and that's good, b/c my buddy as a ride lined up for us on Thursday .. He said where hes taken me the bike will do will, the ? is how will i do... I am a newbie..

    Did i pick good w/ a Cobia... !! i hope i did!!!

    so here is my question:
    1) what do you guys suggest for a camel back, i need space for a spare tub, a multitool,
    2) he told me to get gloves - should i go full finger or just half...
    3) i went w/ a Bontrager Helmet...

    Getting Excited to ride for the first time

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    Re: the new proud owner of Trek Cobia 29ner

    Congrats! Good luck on your ride. I might look into getting a set of decent pedals... It'll make a huge difference. As far as hydration packs, I went with the camelbak mule because it has a lot of pack space without being too cumbersome and it has a 3l reservoir. Gloves is a total personal preference. Have fun!

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    I guess i'm a total N00b - my 24 ounce water bottle seems like plenty for me! But then, I make a point of keeping my riding fairly short - my longest trail ride to date was 80 minutes and I haven't tried to pedal in the high heat yet.

    Gloves - personal preference for sure - i prefer half finger for the trail riding I do, and I can operate my iphone easily!

    There is no substitute for a good helmet!

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    the new proud owner of Trek Cobia 29ner

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    Congrats on the bike. Trek Cobia is a sweet bike. I was checking one out a few weeks ago and if I was in the market for a new 29er hardtail that bike would be near the top of my list. Great specs for a first bike.

    I have a Camelbak Rogue with a 2L reservoir and just enough space for a pump, spare tube, repair kit and of course phone and/or wallet if needed. For summer definitely recommend the fingerless gloves. I thought 2L reservoir would be plenty but on some longer summer rides I could have used a 3L reservoir. I take a bottle on a frame cage too but depending on the trail conditions that can get quite dusty/muddy and not great to drink out of so the Camelbak is essential.

    Anyway enjoy that new bike. Let us know how the first ride goes.

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    so i am suppose to pick the bike up Wednesday - they ordered and put it together... and the weather forecast is rain all week... How am i suppose to jump on it and have fun if its going to rain. So it looks like my first ride on it, might be pushed back a couple days..

    Kiwi_gr_Bike - the bike shop said its a nice bike, - i had looked at 3 - Cobia, Mamba, Marlin, and a Kona... - the Marlin looked cheap to me, the Mamba was nice, but if i was going to upgrade the parts i should go Cobia, So then it was down to the Cobia and the Kona - The Kona was nice - but $$ and wasn't looking to spend the extra couple hundred - so i went Cobia...

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