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Hello im a marine that just got into cycling for a workout and a hobby i recently bought a cheap fixie to learn how to build it up. i have a few questions.

1. there are no brackets for a water bottle holder so whats the best way to put one on
2. i want to put drop bars on it how would i go about doing that with the brakes and puchsasing the right size.
3.how do i go about buying new pedals and gears that arnt too expensive but better than the stock ones.

sorry for the questions but i been on other forums with members who wernt too welcoming to new riders thank you
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Welcome!

The first thing that needs to be said is that it is very important to buy the right size bike and adjust it fit to your body. The wrong bike can take the fun out of cycling and actually hurt you by creating joint problems and muscle strains.

As to all your other questions, the best thing you can do right now is go to the library and get some books. There are a number of good beginners' ones that start at zero and explain the different types of bikes and all the parts and how they work. They'll also get into fitting, clothing, training and nutrition and important things like that.
You can learn a lot by reading this forum but you're getting the info in bits and pieces that won't make much sense until you get the whole picture, and that's what a good book(s) will give you.

When you join a forum like this you get the impression that everyone has "upgradeitis" but you're usually much better off (especially as a beginner) to buy a bike with everything you want already on it; it often doesn't work as well and costs more to change bits and pieces later.

So I'd ride the bike you have, get it adjusted as well as possible and study the books to learn all that you can. If you get time to read you can be close to an expert in a month!
Don't worry about changing stuff until you know more about what is available and how it all works. The more you learn the more you'll change your ideas of what you want so I'd wait before putting any money into your bike.

Good luck!

Edit: I'd check the department stores or bike shops to see if they have a clamp-on bottle cage.
Also, if your bike doesn't have bottle cage mounts it is probably an inexpensive model that isn't worth investing any time or money into improving. Ride it until you learn more then buy a better bike.

2nd edit: and thanks for your service Marine! I'm a Navy vet myself.
 

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Hello im a marine that just got into cycling for a workout and a hobby i recently bought a cheap fixie to learn how to build it up. i have a few questions.

1. there are no brackets for a water bottle holder so whats the best way to put one on
2. i want to put drop bars on it how would i go about doing that with the brakes and puchsasing the right size.
3.how do i go about buying new pedals and gears that arnt too expensive but better than the stock ones.

sorry for the questions but i been on other forums with members who wernt too welcoming to new riders thank you
THank you for your service.
1. Zip ties... duct tape...
2. it helps to see what you're dealing with first in regards to a bike.
3. Wellgo makes some inexpensive, but decent enough platform pedal (I don't have the balls to ride clipless with a fixie).

Reach out to your MWR. You might find more Marines cycling... who's knows??? They might have a source(s) for parts. (mine does)
 
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