Hello, I've been a long time lurker, but actually got around to buying my first road bike today so decided to set up an account. I'm a fairly experienced MTB rider and was sponsored as a youth rider, but I'm not niave enough to think that this experience means much on the road!
The bike I've opted for after trying various BTWin, numerous Carrera, a Boardman Sport and a Specialized Allez is a Felt F95 SORA 2014. The F95 was the lightest of all of them and just had a better fit for me, plus they seem to be reasonably well rated. I was chuffed to get one for £369 from Merlin as I was more than ready to shell out £600 for one.
The pedals I'll be running are MTB SPDs, this means I can use my existing Shimano shoes while I get used to riding on the road.
The bike is arriving tomorrow, whereupon I'll stick it in the stand, get everything working and then hook it up to the turbo for a few days practice.
My first ride will probably be from Manchester up over Holme Moss and back and that brings me to my question for you guys. What kit should I be taking and what general advice would you give a hairy legged lycraphobe MTBer on his first road ride?
I've bought a Topeak saddle pack, inner tubes, two bottle cages and bottles and a nice small Lezyne pump, what else do I need?