I personally don’t like riding a 36-er without a good solid handle. Was reminded of that today, because I currently have an old-style soft Miyata front handle on my 36-er seat while my regular touring handle is off for some upgrading. The mushy handle was an annoyance.
My first recommend would be a cycle computer…give yourself credit while you track your increase in mileage.
If you have a handle, I’d also recommend a bell. In many countries, you can’t ride without one. They’re a good idea. Something like this is good.
I’d also recommend the full-finger KH Pulse Gloves. Might be a bit hot in the summer, but as a new cokerist you’re going to fall, and you’re going to come down on your hands. The KH gloves have both palm/finger protection, and wrist protection.
Here is how I would approach things:
Learn to free mount first, so you can be self-sufficient if you fall off in the middle of nowhere with no mailboxes or telephone poles around. Much more valuable than being able to idle, a skill I’ve managed do do without over 5,000 miles. Hop in place is good, but most traffic lights have poles, and there’s almost always someplace you can just pull up and lean against.
Mostly I’d just focus on getting some miles under your belt. Work on a nice smooth spin, so you’re not over-correcting all the time to maintain your balance. That tires you out pretty quickly. Practice both accellerating and more importantly decellerating. As you get comfortable, find some rough sidewalk or hard-pack dirt paths…something with irregular surface to practice riding on. That will help tune your balance and ability to deal with small obstacles in the road when you come across them.
Tuck your shoelaces in under the crossed-laces section, and make sure you have them in there firmly enough they won’t slip out.
Plus all the stuff lpounds said…
Welcome to the world of Big Wheels. It’s a very fun place to be.