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    Happy Mojo Rider
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    Beginner....New Bike

    First off let me say this is an excellent board for a newbie like me. Bought my first bike a Specialized Hard Rock Sport disc, Just love it went for my maiden voyage today and I am hooked. The most fun and a great workout all rolled into one. I am almost thinking about going tommorow if my butt doesn't hurt too much.(didn't have a chance to buy the shorts)All I purchased was the bike and helmut, tuesday I'm picking up a camelback, glasses, shorts, and a toolkit that goes on my seat. lucky enough to have a trail right by my house and a really good trail system 20 min away. Thaks for all the info from this board.

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    Hope your toolkit includes a patch kit, tire levers, spare tube and a small hand pump (I put mine in my camelback) as flats seem to come with the territory. Only other things I added were gloves and elbow pads for the more aggressive rides. I also enjoy this board a lot and have been riding for 8 months and am on my second bike (never thought I would drop a few thousand on a bike).

    You really can find anything on this board as I think the following list from the ride pack list covers it all ( I am happy with the definitely recommended):

    Things to absolutely buy before riding:
    -- Good, quality helmet (non-negotiable)
    -- Some way to carry water (bottle or camelbak).

    Things that are definitely recommended before riding:
    -- Bike shorts
    -- A CamelBak-type product to carry both water and gear
    -- Spare tubes
    -- Tire levers (2)
    -- A quality mini-pump (don't skimp with a cheap one, trust me)
    -- Tube patch kit
    -- Good, quality minitool (Topeak Alien II, Crank Bros, or Park Tool offer nice ones)
    -- Gloves

    Other things that I've learned the hard way to keep in my hydro pack:
    -- Energy gel or some other form of anti-bonk
    -- Handi wipes and/or a little bottle of purell - makes cleaning hands easy for repairs or first aid
    -- Those small alcohol pads that you get with other stuff - good to clean tubes for patches and are nice for first aid
    -- Some form of basic ID w/ pertinent medical info
    -- Cell phone (reception capabilities permitting)
    -- Spare chain links, PowerLinks (2), & a good chain-breaker tool (if not on minitool)
    -- A spare rear derailleur hanger
    -- A comprehensive first aid kit (such as a hiker kit from REI, etc)
    -- Zip-ties in assorted sizes
    -- A coupla feet of duct tape (just fold it around itself for a nice compact package)
    -- Bug juice
    -- Shock pump (optional)
    -- Small but powerful flashlight (you never know!)
    -- Pliers - I keep a small, cheapie Leatherman knockoff in my pack. It works for the few occassions I need it.
    -- Spoke wrench (if not on minitool)
    -- Some cash
    -- Some form of a sharp blade.

    Happy Trails,

    Dave P

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    Jun 2006
    Very cool. CONGRATS! Man we always like to see pics. Late and ride hard!

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    Happy Mojo Rider
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    That was a very informative response I am going to print it out and load up at my Mountain equipment co-op on all of that stuff luckily I have 50% of that stuff on hand. Thanks for the great reply I think I saw that as a sticky somewhere if not it should be.

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