Good Afternoon All, This past weekend I just bought my first road bike, a 2010 Cannondale Synapse 5 with Shimano 520 pedals. I also purchased Specialized shoes and some shorts along with it. Unfortunately no riding yet as it has been snowing (I brought the bike home yesterday after having a fitting session which made an amazing difference for me). I've learned how to clip-in and clip-out during the fit session, the proper way to shift, etc. The shop I purchased it from (The Peddler in Long Branch, NJ, thepeddler.com) holds training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. I can't make it this week, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can go. I've been doing some reading and there seems to be a lot of people that believe in bicycle computers and various other gadgets to complete their riding experiece. Prior to purchasing this bicycle I was and am still riding a 2004 Trek 4300 with only a frame mounted micro pump and Avenir (sp?) seat bag with multi-tool and tire levers in it along with bar-ends mounted. Do I truly need to start purchasing various accessories to have a complete bicycling experience? I'm looking to increase endurance and strength which in turn will hopefully result in being able to ride long distances. I guess what I'm trying to ask is: Will purchasing various gizmos really result in a more enjoyable bicycling experience that will possibly have the effect of me being able to quantify what will better suit me being able to ride longer distances/train better? This may seem like a ridiculous question, but one browse through Bicycling Magazine and a noob bicyclist can easily feel overwhelmed by the selection of gear out there and the "YOU NEED THIS" attitude of the magazine.