#3: The first three things I bought

What you no doubt will discover is your earlier days of cycling are going to cost. Why? Because there is stuff you need and stuff you just want.

Of course, there are always ways to borrow, buy second hand and do things cheaper but for me, I have learnt there are times when quality counts.

Since the first bike I road was a loaner and my brother had given me a spare tube and a tool kit (which hangs in a small kit bag just under the back of the seat), I needed a few other things and there were a couple of bike shops nearby which found me browsing there a number of times, usually followed by forking out some cash.

First, in Australia and New Zealand you are going to need a helmet. Continue reading