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    Just bought a bike and. . . .

    Just bought a sweet cannondale adventure 600 off c/l.

    Rides like butter.

    Can anyone recommend a rack for the back of the bike? I dont want to spend 100 bucks.

    Also can anyone recommend other accessories I may need. I am riding for fitness and to be in nature - im not hardcore. . . . at least not with biking

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    Helmet, multi tool, mini pump, spare tube, backpack.

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    BikePedia Text Search for 'cannondale adventure 600' - 7 Results which model year is it?

    what do you plan to carry on this rack? on what kind of surfaces do you plan to ride this bike? what kind of distances?

    basic riding needs: helmet, cycling shorts (check the "apparel" forum for more on these), blinky lights if you are going to be on roads at all, some way to carry water (water bottles or a hydration pack aka Camelback), cycling gloves, comfy clothes made from wicking fabric (say no to cotton!).

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    Do you mean a rack to put on your car to transport the bike? I don't think any bicycle fender rack costs anywhere near $100.

    If you did mean a transport system, you're probably better posting in the car and biker sub-forum. You'll need to post what kind of car you have. I didn't want to spend $100 for a rack either, but since the rear glass on my Pilot is flush with the roof, a hitch-mount was my only option (I didn't consider roof-mount on a tall truck). I didn't have a hitch... so I had to buy that, of course. So instead of $75 I ended up spending $350.

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    While Blackburn is easily recognized as the standard for racks, there are a few that are as ingenious but may cost a bit of money. I won't go into detail about them since they're more specific for multiple days of touring carrying large panniers.

    That Cannondale is a hybrid (700c wheels) and has (and if I'm wrong just say so) cantilever brakes and a 3 speed internal hub with cassette and derailers. Does it have fenders too?

    Racks come in sizes too, so you'll want to have the bike with you at the local bike shop when you look for the rack.

    Some racks that might fit:
    Blackburn EX-1, XR-1, an SPX-1 (depending on what you want to carry),

    Bontrager Backrack or Backrack Deluxe (Small or Large depends on frame size), the seatpost rack

    Bontrager has a seatpost clamp with eyelets for a rack that might be beneficial but it might not fit on your Cannondale frame. It's worth measuring your bike's seat collar at the LBS.
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    I would just be holding random things like books, groceries, food,

    Also, are most legal helmets like they sell at Walmart ok?

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    Depends on what's in your head. Is your brain worth more than a Walmart helmet? Your LBS will have quality helmets under $30.
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by 4david View Post
    Just bought a sweet cannondale adventure 600 off c/l.

    Rides like butter.

    Can anyone recommend a rack for the back of the bike? I dont want to spend 100 bucks.

    Also can anyone recommend other accessories I may need. I am riding for fitness and to be in nature - im not hardcore. . . . at least not with biking
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    all helmets sold in the US have to pass the same safety inspections, so the cheap ones at walmart should keep your brain inside your head in the event of a bad crash. that is the most you can expect from any helmet. however, nicer helmets sold at bike shops for a little bit more are usually lighter, more comfortable, fit better, and are better ventilated. you will not want to wear an uncomfortable helmet which will lead you to ride without it or not ride at all.

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    There's an internal fitting strap that adjusts to different head circumferences. Many low-end helmets don't have a good way of adjusting this. Either you have to futz with standard loop straps, or you have a simple switch that has 1 or 2 settings.

    I would suggest getting one with an adjustable dial for this internal strap. It's important that the helmet not slide back if you hit an object that strikes the front of it. That internal "cranial" adjustment strap -- not your chin-strap -- is what keeps it secure. You want it to be somewhat tight, but still comfortable. That dial knob, located on the rear of the helmet, really helps you get that comfortable, firm fit.

    I got a $40 cheapo Bell from Performance originally because it was CPSC certified, and I had just spent a lot on a bike and accessories; I didn't see the need for a "bling" helmet. It was maddeing getting it dialed in with standard loops, because a tweak here throws the other side off. Wearing, or forgetting, my do-rag would require adjustment. Etc. An adjustment knob is completely worth whatever $20 - 30 premium over the entry helmet IMO.

    Good luck!

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