Like every great journey there are always things to prepare, or things to buy. In the case of cycling, there is some equipment that you need. I’m not talking about tools, or fancy cycling computers. Today, in a show of optimism for the weather, I bought my bike helmet. From what I have been reading, if I want to join a cycling group, a helmet is mandatory. It probably isn’t a bad idea to protect my head either.
There isn’t much left to buy. Well, that’s not true. There are hundreds of things to buy, but most of them do not fill up the needs column but rather occupy the wants column. A good understanding of this should keep the budget in check. A poor understanding of this could lead to financial ruin.
What’s left is a some clothes to wear. Specifically bike shorts. While I am not contemplating any epic rides in the short term, I am contemplating them for later in teh season. I am pretty sure that a chamois will improve my comfort and ability to stay on bike seat for any length of time.
Most people I talked to swear by the bib shorts, but seem to camouflage them to some degree. I guess they are either a bit too revealing or too spandexy for some. Actually, I found that there are quite a few pairs of biking shorts that are spandex and chamois on the inside, but cargo shorts on the outside. Seems like a good idea to me.
Sadly, none of this is incredibly cheap. I’ve seen some pretty cool stuff and I hope that the old saying “you get what you pay for” is actually true.