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Some Nashbar.com Essentials

When my friend Rusty counseled me about getting some essentials from Nashbar.com, I listened. If a 65 year-old man who rides centuries offers you advice about your bike, you take it to heart.

I ride about 100 miles each week, commuting to work everyday, meeting friends for coffee, and taking larger rides, 25 miles or so, with friends on the weekend. Rusty said that if I’m doing that amount of riding, then I should pick a couple essentials:

  1. Saddle bag with an extra tube and tire removal tubes
  2. Pedals with cleats and a pair of shoes to fit them

He suggested that I use Nashbar.com for these purchases. I’m happy to report, that the experience went well.

Louis Garneau Valet 30 Saddle Bag, Nashbar Tube, and Nashbar Tire Levers

This tight little satchel does a great job of holding just the essentials: one tube and tire removal tools. With its economic size and understated, utilitarian style, it’s the perfect fit.

Price from Nashbar.com:

  • Louis Garneau saddle bag: $14.99
  • Nashbar tire tube: $4.79
  • Nashbar tire levers: $3.99
Louis Garneau Little Butler Seat Bag

Louis Garneau Little Butler Seat Bag

A wee, little satchel!

A wee, little satchel!

Tire changing tools and one replacement tube: Snug as bugs in rugs

Tire changing tools and one replacement tube: Snug as bugs in rugs

Shoes, Cleats, and Pedals

Rusty recommended that I get some shoes with cleats and pedals. He said that I’d be able to go further faster with cleated shoes.

I bristled at this suggested at first because I didn’t want to be bothered by having to swap out shoes just because I wanted to run to the grocery or go the gym.

“Just get some mountain bike shoes and convertable pedals,” Rusty said.

After a few weeks of indecision, I decided to pull the trigger. I bought a set of Nashbar Soho Pedals and a pair of Shimano SH-CT70 Cycling Shoes. The pedals came with Shimano SPD style cleat hardware. The shoes came with instructions on how to attach the hardware. It was all pretty easy.

And Rusty’s right: The cleats make a huge difference!

After a couple of adjustments, I feel really confident in them. I’ve got a couple hundred miles in them now, and I think they’re great. I wear my the Shimano shoes in the gym and the store – no problems. If anyone is on the fence about switching to cleats, I would highly recommend making the shift. It really is a game changer.

Price from Nashbar.com:

  • Nashbar Soho Pedals: $29.99
  • Shimano SH-CT70 Cycling Shoes: $89.99
Shimano SPD style cleats

Shimano SPD style cleats

Nashbar Soho style, cleated pedals

Nashbar Soho style, cleated pedals

Shimano Shoes

Shimano Shoes

Shimano shoe attached to the cleat

Shimano shoe attached to the cleat

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