Let me check my list. I have……
- Bike, peddles & shoes
- Garmin with cadence sensor & heart rate monitor
- Helmet, pump, under seat bag
- Front and back lights
- Shirts & undershirts
- Pants & bib
- Socks & gloves
- Winter & wet weather wear
- Peddle spanner, spare tubes & bike tool
Well that’s about it. I think I have everything…. or do I?
Notably, every time I walk into a bike shop I look around and think – I could use that, and other than the head warmer which I haven’t warn because it didn’t get that cold, I have used everything I have bought. This is good.
As a guide for the novice I have calculated that when you buy a bike, the amount you pay will be the same amount you pay for gear and accessories. So, spend $500 on a bike, buy cheap or little gear. Spend $1500 and you’ll start paying a bit more for stuff. In reality, I have probably spent more because I have stayed at the quality level of the buying spectrum and not just going with the cheapest option. It’s also allegedly a bit of self indulgence (for a change).
The reality is I am dreaming of a carbon bike and after going on a Specialized “Test the Best” ride day, I have made my decision (for now) and it’s a Roubaix – except the one I choose won’t have electric gears because that’s a price jump I’m not ready for (although I have to say electric gears are so smooooooooth).
I digress. After plenty of thought I realised that there are still two things I want, need, desire or lust for.
First is I don’t have enough money for the next bike, but I would like to get the new pedals and shoes that will go with it. When I first started, I bought a pair of mountain bike shoes which were great because they clip in, I have worn them mountain biking and after (or during) the ride you can actually walk in them. For example, I wore them on the train home after the Wollongong ride and they were quite comfortable. But Mountain Bike shoes aren’t road bike shoes and they definitely aren’t carbon. So wish #1 is carbon bike shoes and new pedals to go with it.
The second desire caught my eye a few months ago when it was released and that is the Garmin Virb action camera. I am already totally enjoying my Garmin devices and now they have a camera that integrates with them. The reason why this appeals is because I have really enjoyed the touring aspect of riding, taking pictures with Instagram that get displayed with my Strava recorded rides, that I upload from my Garmin. It has really given me another motivation to ride as I explore and I would like to indulge in that more with video.
So what is it going to be? Shoes or Camera??? Damm, I have wait two more days……
****** UPDATE 25th Dec *****
And the winner is – Shoes and Pedals. Practical over fun for now. The motivation was my drive to do the miles on the road and getting ready for the next bike. But I will get that Virb camera.