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    What should I get next for my first mtn bike?

    Hi everyone. I just bought my first mountain bike, a 2005 Cannondale F400, a few weeks ago. I have been using it to commute to work and ride some trails including single track, gravel, and paved. Single track is by far my favorate so far, I love to go speeding through the dirt in the woods!

    Right now the only things I have for my bike are a helmet, a bike lock, a water bottle and mount, a wedge for carrying misc items, and a wal-mart grade hand pump. My birthday is coming up soon though and my parents told me I will have $120 at my disposal. I would like to use it to get some more important stuff I have seen suggested in many of the post I have read on here, plus I think there are some things that would just be nice to have. Obviously $120 won't get me everything on this list so I wanted to ask you all which things you think are more important and if I am missing anything important as well. Thanks in advance.

    1) Biking gloves: I was looking at these http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1140
    2) Wireless computer: I was looking at this one http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4110 mostly because it is on sale, I want wireless, and the only things I really care about tracking are my distance traveled, my speed, and the time it took to travel a given distance.
    3) CO2 tire pump: I liked this one http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4362
    4) Spare tire tube
    5) Tire patch kit
    6) Tire levers
    7) A multi-tool to take along when I am out riding like this http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4217
    8) A chain tool to take along when I am out riding like this http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4204
    9) Chain de-greaser
    10) Chain lube
    11) Shock pump
    12) Tire pressure gauge. I have a pressure gauge for my car but my bike uses presta valves. Do they sell adapters for that kind of thing or do I need to buy a gauge that will specifically work for presta valves?
    13) Power Link: I was looking at this one http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5131. I have a Shimano HG CN-HG53 chain on my bike right now, does anyone know if an SRAM power link works ok with a 9 speed Shimano chain?

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    Good job! welcome to the sport

    The first things I would get would be tire levers, patch kit, and tubes (you'll be needing more than one probably), the CO2 can wait, actually if you already have a hand pump you don't NEED the CO2 at all, provided that you can carry the pump you have with you when you ride. A multi-tool would also be on my list. See if you can find a multi-tool that has a chain tool on it, some do, some even have tire levers on them. Gloves and padded shorts would also be towards the top of the list. The computer could probably wait, but you can probably get the cheapest wireless one available since you only want speed distance and trip readout. Lube and degreaser is good, but you can also probably clean it with Dawn dish soap and hot water, or brake clean from the auto parts store, just be careful with the later around plastic parts, I learned that after it ate my brand new e13 bashgaurd The only thing I would suggest would be maybe a camelback type of pack for water and tool, pump and tube storage. If you don't have the cash for that you can even make one out of an old backpack. Good luck and keep riding, just remember that good working equipment makes the ride even sweeter. Hopefully you stick with it and have fun.

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    1) Biking gloves: I was looking at these
    4) Spare tire tube
    5) Tire patch kit
    6) Tire levers
    7) A multi-tool to take along when I am out riding
    8) A chain tool to take along when I am out riding
    10) Chain lube

    I shortened your list a little bit for you. Hope it helps a lil.
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    Basically rkj nailed the list of essentials. I have that exact pair of Fox Sidewinders and I like them quite a bit, but if you need to economize you can probably find decent gloves for less. I highly recommend full finger gloves, they offer better protection and are easier to put on/take off than the open finger ones.

    I think a floor pump is another good investment. Floor pumps come with a usable pressure gauge and allow you to fine-tune your tire pressure before every ride, which is an economical way to drastically improve performance.

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    Cool, thanks for the info guys.

    archybiker: I will be sure to look into the shorts. After a couple of longer rides now I can see how they could come in handy for keeping someone more comfortable during and after a ride.

    rkj__: Thanks for the input. I thought some of the stuff on my list were probably a bit excessive.

    gunfodder: Great idea with the floor pump. It would be nice to have something that will pump better than the little hand pump I have right now. Plus if I get one with the pressure gauge like you said I won't have to worry about getting a seperate pressure gauge. Kill two birds with one stone.

    Oh I found the answer to some of my own questions too:

    Quote Originally Posted by B19Wh33l5
    7) A multi-tool to take along when I am out riding like this http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4217
    8) A chain tool to take along when I am out riding like this [url]
    These can be purchased as one tool in a nice compact unit http://www.performancebike.com/shop/profile.cfm?SKU=19986&subcategory_ID=4217

    Quote Originally Posted by B19Wh33l5
    9) Chain de-greaser
    It seems like most people have their own home-brew way of doing this. Simple Green, WD-40, Auto part de-greaser, etc...

    Quote Originally Posted by B19Wh33l5
    12) Tire pressure gauge. I have a pressure gauge for my car but my bike uses presta valves. Do they sell adapters for that kind of thing or do I need to buy a gauge that will specifically work for presta valves?
    It seems highly doubtful

    Quote Originally Posted by B19Wh33l5
    13) Power Link: I was looking at this one http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5131. I have a Shimano HG CN-HG53 chain on my bike right now, does anyone know if an SRAM power link works ok with a 9 speed Shimano chain?
    Yes


    Thanks again guys for your advice. Anyone else have any input?

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    Bike shorts...put them on under your regular pants. It really makes things a lot more comfortable (no chafing, rising up) and provides a bit of extra padding.

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