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Discussion: Buying all the things

in: iansmith; iansmith > 2020-08-16

Aug 17, 2020 2:51 PM # 
Cristina:
Having spent a lot of time around runners and running clubs and a little bit of time in both a cycling club and a triathlon club, I've found a noticeable difference in gear-headedness between the groups that I don't think is entirely caused by the actual equipment needs. Maybe people who like having all the latest gadgets and accessories are partly pulled to those activities?
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Aug 17, 2020 3:05 PM # 
jjcote:
I can understand exercising restraint on extravagant expenses like trips across the Atlantic. But handlebar tape? C'mon, just buy it already!

You might benefit from a high-end piece of electronics, perhaps even a power meter. But a basic cyclometer can be had for under US$30. I use that in conjunction with a Garmin watch, and find it quite satisfactory. Being able to see your speed and distance with a glance down to the handlebars is nice.
Aug 17, 2020 7:59 PM # 
iansmith:
Well, technically I have handlebar tape; I just want softer handlebar tape. These things cannot be given, they must be earned.

Except a new transmission; that can be given without a problem.
Aug 17, 2020 8:03 PM # 
jjcote:
I was thinking that you meant you had worn-out handlebar tape. I figure if you wore something out, then you earned a replacement.

On a related topic, do you have gloves?
Aug 17, 2020 8:37 PM # 
Cristina:
I was about to ask the same thing. If he doesn't then that settles it—Ian loves vibrations.
Aug 17, 2020 8:42 PM # 
iansmith:
I have two pairs of gloves, but they aren't great. One is a pair of cloth gloves from which I have removed the fingers; the other is a pair of lightweight synthetic running gloves that are too warm in the summer. I have recently used the fingerless gloves for long rides.
Aug 17, 2020 8:46 PM # 
Nev-Monster:
You can probably find the packs on kijiji pretty easily I'm sure.
Aug 18, 2020 12:37 AM # 
jjcote:
Yeah, those aren't gloves.
Aug 18, 2020 12:43 AM # 
iansmith:
Clearly my butt and hands need to HTFU.
Aug 18, 2020 1:53 AM # 
jjcote:
I think what you really need to buy is a hairshirt. Or maybe a pair of hairshorts.
Aug 18, 2020 8:52 AM # 
Jagge:
I don't see tubeless equipment on that list.
Aug 20, 2020 4:36 PM # 
acjospe:
Revelate bags. Remove all weight from your back.
Aug 20, 2020 8:23 PM # 
jjcote:
I agree. With plenty of bike experience, I vote for no luggage on the rider. Or at least nothing more than will fit in the back pocket of a jersey (phone, banana, etc.).
Aug 20, 2020 8:41 PM # 
iansmith:
Your insights are appreciated, but this isn't a democracy.
Aug 20, 2020 9:40 PM # 
jtorranc:
One Ian, one vote - sounds like the most perfect democracy ever to me. It even does away with the need to shatter ceramic items so the fragments can be used as voting tokens.

ETA: of course, it occurs to me that there may be an external veto point in this particular system of government, if the purchases get extravagant enough.

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