Percrime wrote:Hmmm eastern suburbs? How eastern?
If you are going to ride lots work on a good relationship with a bike shop. Once in a while that will involve paying more than you would elsewhere. Becouse with a bike shop its not just the parts you are paying for if you follow me
Snuffy wrote:That seems like an okay list of priorities.... if you're REALLY on a tight budget (and will be for a while), don't bother with fancy pedals + shoes... I'd just get the strappy type of pedals.... I reckon clothes are more useful than fancy pedals + shoes.... infact, with the string of upgrades on the forums, I'd be surprised if someone here couldn't sell you an old set of strappy ones for cheap....
Don't worry about a "lycra body"... having met most of the people on this forum, not many of them have a real "lycra body" *ducks for cover*...
Tyberious Funk wrote:Last week I found myself without a car for the first time in several years. I've decided not to get a replacement and instead force myself to ride to work. I've done a little bit of commuting in the past, but never with any regularity. My fitness levels are absolutely dreadful and I'm carrying a few too many kilos.
Tyberious Funk wrote:So far, I have been taking the train into work and riding home in the evenings. I want to start riding in the mornings, but the facilities at work are really poor... no showers and nowhere to store clothes.
Tyberious Funk wrote:I'm thinking I need to spend a bit of money on my bike and gear. I'm riding an old Shogun Trailbreaker 1... I bought it a few years ago just for recreation. I'm not really in a position for a major upgrade, but I think a few accessories might make my riding experience a bit easier. I'd appreciate some feedback from regular commuters... these items are in order of priority;
Tyberious Funk wrote:1. Bike service - to iron out the squeaks
Tyberious Funk wrote:2. Computer - to track my progress and hopefully push myself to do better
Tyberious Funk wrote:3. End bars - for a more comfortable ride position
Tyberious Funk wrote:4. Shoes & Pedals - I currently just wear sneakers and I'm pretty sure I put my feet into poor position.
Tyberious Funk wrote:5. Clothes - currently just wearing shorts and shirt. These are low on the list because I don't really have a lycra "body"... yet
Tyberious Funk wrote:What sort of costs might I be looking at? Are there other things I should consider?
Snuffy wrote:Euan reminds me - I personally don't bother with a computer.... if you're in a rush, all you need is a watch... otherwise, sit back and enjoy the ride... my commute is somewhere in the 22-30km range (depending on route) and I don't have a computer.... i listen to my body... if my quads are burning and pulse thumping in my ears, I'm pushing too hard.... just enjoy the trip....
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