Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
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I thought it might be interesting to list the total cost of extra expenses I have spent in addition to my new bike to give new riders a heads up on the additional costs that are involved getting into the sport.
Here is a list of what I acquired, sure, you can do wothout some / most of it though i'd be surprised if most roadies did not own these accessories and equipment.
Frame Pump 70
Big Pump 50
Tail Light 70
Front Light 40
Two Knicks 150
Spare Tube 12
Cleaning Eq 40
So you can see, the extras can add up, its a bit shocking actually.
If I add a helmet and shorter crankset / stem to that I will be up around the total cost of my bike ($1799).
OMGosh you bought out the shop.
Here is my total accessery list so far after riding for over two years.
New Helmat (had accuident) 50
Lights (head and Tail) 50
Bottle Cage, 10
only the first two are essential so 100
BCC give us some more bikeways fore safe travel!!!!
Upgrade the NCL now QR!!!!!!
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Nah, you need good headlights, that way you can identify what it is you've just run into
Lighting is a real fun issue. For normal roads, with street lights, you only need to be seen. BUT, get onto a completely blacked out road, like I had to commute on in the nineties, and a generator and halogen lighting is WONDERFUL .
The Mongoose Randonneur with their generator in the front hub have this part of the equation right. You may never need that amount of lighting, but the first time you do, you really DO
BTDT - didn't scratch the bike but by cripes my heart rate hit new highs
Only thing I have bought was a headlight, helmet shoes and computer.
Tail light - free
Bottlecage - free
rack for back - free
pump - free
tools - free
I have even managed to fit my sisters bike out with free computer and lights etc. People throw their old bikes out and leave these bits on them. Sometimes I am even lucky when I score the tool bag as well.
The other way to get a good deal is when you purchase a bike from a shop. Usually, if you are paying the standard price for the bike, you can get some accessories thrown in or at least get a decent mark down off the retail price. It never hurts to ask.
Try being a tourer
Tubus Front Rack
Touring rear rack
4 Orltieb panniers
Ortlieb Handlebar bag
Toilet for the BOB trailer
New cranks and chain rings
Thorn resistant tubes
Mods for handlebar bag under aero bars
Air Zound Air horn
Oversized water cages
Water hydro pack
Road Morph pump
Various tools for overhauling the bike whilst on tour
Touring Pedals (double sided)
Wet weather gear
and then add all of the camping equipment.
I didn't list the prices in case the minister for finance reads this
Lets not go overboard
- Jersey, knicks (or variant), shoes, socks (optional)
- Safety: Helmet, gloves
- Two water bottles and cages
- Pump, spare tube, spare patches and glue, parktool multi tool or equivilant
- Credit card, house keys, cash
- Small quantity of food (optional)
Have a nice day
If the R-1 rule is broken, what happens to N+1?
The real cost of anything can be scary - the cost of raising a kid is astronomical - bikes are relatively cheap.
It's like all hobbies - their cost expands to fit your discretionary spending!
Let's all observe a minute's silence for 'discretionary spending' - and long may it remain 'discrete'.
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