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    Where to buy accessories?

    I've got $120 in store credit at Performance Bicycle.

    I'm in need of... probably new tires (I've just purchased a Roubaix 1.0 with Hutchison tires)

    Definitely new riding gear, like bibs, or shorts, and jerseys.

    Maybe new shoes and clipless pedals.

    A seat post bike rack.

    A new helmet

    New lights for the front and back.


    SO, what should I buy at Performance, and what can I get really good deals online?

    Thanks,

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    I think you'll do fine buying everything listed (and stocked) at Performance, but try before you buy applies to shoes, helmets and cycling apparel.

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    I'd spend it at Performance. Their elite bibs are my faves. They're really excellent! Their jerseys aren't bad at all & they have plenty of choice. Helmet, shoes, pedals can also be found there. You're $120 won't go real far, but you should be able to pick up a pair of bibs & a couple of jerseys, or a couple of tires, maybe a pair of shoes.

    If you need more check the internet for competitive prices. I usually go to Ebay 1st, then Amazon, Pro bike kit, Competitive Cyclist, Bike Tires Direct, not in any special order.
    Before you criticize someone walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them you'll be a mile away & you'll have their shoes.

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    Performance price matches, so if you are going to shop, let Performance know what you find, and make that amount go a little further.

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    Dave, you think they will price match online stores? I wonder....

    Thanks for the advice, I'll use the moneys @ Performance for the clothing. Get the other gear online

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    Your tires are probably fine. While Hutchinson makes crappy tires too, they also make a lot of nice tires. They're not an OEM-only brand or something.

    If your bike will accept a rack that bolts on, IMO those are a lot better.

    Buy your helmet and shoes locally. They have to fit well. If locally means your local Performance, that's perfectly fine.

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    Good point on the helmet and shoes, absolutely a good point.

    The Roubaix won't accept a bolt on, unfortunately. Is there a way to make a bike accept a bolt on that doesn't already? Otherwise, I've gotta go with the seat post rack unfortunately.

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    A couple of ways.

    You can use P-clamps around the seat stays. Probably not advisable with carbon.

    You can use a rack that mounts to the dropout with a quick-release skewer.

    My instinct is that that would be a better option than P-clamps on a metal frame too - I think it would be a more secure attachment.

    IME, two stays from a rack to the seat stays up top, secured with P-clamps, are better than a single stay secured to the brake mounting bolt at the seatstay bridge.

    It's too bad a lot of bikes aren't shipping with eyelets anymore. I can't imagine they add much weight, and they do improve the versatility of a frame quite a lot.

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