Road cycling as a hobby can be both addictive and expensive. I'm quickly learning that. Totting up what I've spent on bits and bobs to since I got my bike last August, I've realised that I've spent as much on accessories as I did on the bike! These include such items as: -
- A turbo trainer
- A new set of wheels + tyres for the Spring/Summer (2nd hand off e-Bay).
- A track pump to get increased pressure in the tyres.
- A turbo trainer dedicated rear wheel, with cassette.
- A cold compound tyre for the wheel for the turbo trainer.
- More clothes than you can shake a stick at (e-Bay has been good for picking up bargains).
- A cycle computer that can measure heart rate and cadence.
- A Garmin 205 (2nd hand off a fellow cyclist on Twitter). Loving the profiles that this gives you post ride.
- Pedals, Cleats and shoes to go with them.
- Water bottles, cages etc.
So, if you're getting into the sport, watch out it can cost some bucks, but who cares it's a great sport and it gives you a focus for your money. That's before you start gazing at all the amazing bikes for sale which are around five times more expensive than the bike you've just got, thinking "I'd quite like that for my next one." The picture is of Trek 5.2 that I spotted in a bike shop this Saturday, £3.5K buys you this baby. They built it up from components so it's effectively a "one off". I want it!