I've got a friend who just bought a nice Felt F4 to work himself into shape. He intends to ride through the winter. I've given him a bit of advice, but I need your help.
Here are my tips so far:
1) Clothes - skip heavy jackets, buy nice layers, thin base layers, knee warmers, arm warmers, a good windbreaker, a couple decent jerseys, skull caps, regular gloves maybe with thin fleece jogging gloves will do the trick. If it's really cold the thermal UnderArmor works wonders. Stick to bibs whether buying shorts, knickers or tights.
2) Gear - good helmet, good bike shoes & pedals, always wear gloves too.
Here is what I plan to tell him soon:
1) Clothes - get some poly booties, maybe a thermal fleece vest and some medium weight winter gloves. A wind resistant vest is another pickup but more important, seemingly, in the spring.
2) Gear - get a good flat kit, some spare tubes, a decent pump that goes to 160 or so, wax-based chain lube and some cleaning rags. Make sure you ride with two water bottles. Don't be afraid of using sports drink on longer (1 hour+) rides. Get some Freddy Fenders if you are going to ride much in the rain.
3) Maintenance: lube the chain most days. Drizzle on the lube, let it dry for a couple minutes, then wipe off the excess with a rage. Clean the drivetrain - chain and gears - pretty regularly, keep the whole bike clean, and clean it right after you ride in the rain. Keep the nuts & bolts tight. Don't screw with the seatpost clamp on your carbon bike much until you have a torque wrench. Don't ding up the frame, treat it with some respect.
4) Riding into shape: don't kill yourself all at once. Try to ride most days, 4-6 days a week. Ride relatively short at first, but if you go longer, go longer and a little slower until you are comfortable with the distance. Take a day off when your legs hurt or feel really tired. Don't ride too hard all the time - ride so you are just breathing a little harder than usual, still able to talk but also exerting yourself a little bit. Stretch. Make sure to do some situps to keep your core & back strong. Remember to enjoy riding - it's not a workout, it's just having fun on a bike.
So, here's where you come in. What other essential advice would you offer my friend, the newbie roadie?