I've been considering buying a road bike just as a means for short trips to the grocery and general exercise. I would probably ride it here around town (Hawaii), and already have a route in mind. I would primarily ride in the early morning or evenings on my off days.
I'm just wondering what all I would need to go along with the bike, I know headlight/taillight and lock but what kind of cloths would I need, obviously I can't ride in jeans but from seeing other people riding I don't know if I would get into the whole spandex thing, also what about shoes I usually wear cheap walmart shoes and don't see how shoes would make a big impact.
My plan was just to get a beginner road bike and supplies off Amazon or maybe it would be better to go to a local shop. I'm 5'5 and weigh 130 pounds (male) if it makes any differences. Looking for recommendations.
If you're just doing low-effort rides like grocery runs, you can get by in normal clothing. Padded liner shorts are a good way to make jeans & trousers more comfortable without going full lycra mode.
That said, you will be a LOT more comfortable in clothing that is very light, breathable, and quick-drying. Avoid cotton.
Shoes don't matter much until you want to get into more "serious" riding. They can make a big impact in comfort and performance when you are pushing your limits, but for casual rides you will probably be comfortable in whatever you normally wear. Good socks are a bit more important. Again, avoid cotton.
Thanks for the input. Reading some reviews online and about various bikes I figured it would be best to go to the local shop and talk to the people there versus shooting from the hip and end up with something I don't like.
>short trips to the grocery
wear literally anything
shorts that don't restrict your movement and literally anything else
Not worth thinking further until you're more into it.
All a bit expensive but worth a ride