What would I buy with my actual knowledge, if I’m just entering the sport?
We all know, that cycling can be a very good tool to burn down a bank account. There’s always luring a better bike, a lighter wheelset, a faster tire or a better looking kit. Not to mention, that you first have to work out what works for you. Personally I went through six saddles until I found one which doesn’t hurt my body. So what would I buy if I’m starting today?
I would buy my “Wilier Strada” again. It’s steel and therefore very durable. It has a sporty geometrie and is therefore fast to ride. And it comes with good, but cheap components. Luckily it’s also equipped with a suitable saddle, so therefore no extra costs.
Total price: 650€
To cycle cost effective, you have to do most of the mechanical work by yourself. But since I only have to work on one bike, the tools doesn’t have to be expensive, so I’ll take cheap ones.
- a track pump 20€
- my essentials 45€
- a toolbox with chainwhip, casette remover, pedalspanner – out there for 50€
- chain oil – big tube 8€
Total price: 123€
The cycling kit:
Personally I like “wiggle” as a shop and most of my gear is from their inhouse brand “dhb”. It’s cheap, durable, has a decent clear look with almost no graphics and has nice details. Now that I’m a minimalist, I would only buy one garment which you can layer.
- short base layer 12€
- short jersey – got mine for 18€
- Tri-shorts, since they are drying fast 30€
- Windjacket 35€
- full finger gloves 28€
- Helmet – got mine for 30€
- Shoes – have the giro rumble which I got for 60€
- Socks 6€
- long tights – 20€
- glasses with clear and dark lenses 28€
Total price: 267€
And the extras:
Well that’s not all. I would also need:
- spd pedals 28€
- cleats 8€
- good lights 60€
- my garmin edge 520 for proper training and navigation – 300€ for the set
- 2 Camelbak isolated bidons – 30€
- 2 bottle cages – 10€
- a hefty folding lock – 70€
- a very light lock – 15€
- and my commuter backpack – 45€
Total price: 566€
This summs up to a total amount of 1.606€.
That’s the price for my minimalistic road cycling kit, which I could use for commuting, adventures and recreational cycling. Of course I spent a lot more money on the way. But I like the thought of this “ideal” setup, where I know what’s the minimal amount to spend.
Do you know, how much your equipment costs?