I seem to find one or two new hobbies a year and they never end up being cheap.
Last year it was running and shooting, so at least running was cheap! This year it’s bicycling and triathlons! My goal is to run in an Ironman next year!
I’m currently training for a 100 mile ride in September and i’ll go from there to IM training!
So, I just got started cycling in May and have had loads of fun in the last few months training and riding. I wanted to list my “ingredients” for my successful trek into cycling!
- Visit a Bike Shop
- I didn’t, but this will be ultra helpful in learning the ins and outs of biking
- They’ll also fit you for shoes and a bike even if you don’t buy from them.
- Calculate your bike sizes https://www.ebicycles.com/bicycle-tools/frame-sizer/road-bike
- A bike! – required
- I got a road bike. These range from $500-$5000.
- Road bikes are great for commuting, long rides, and even triathlons.
- A great way to find one is looking at Craigslist.
- A Helmet ($50) – required
- Required for every race
- I got the Giro Rift Helmet
- Padded Shorts/Jersey ($30-$100)
- If you ride for more than 45 minutes, you’ll want padded shorts.
- If you want to carry keys, ID, gels, etc, you’ll want a jersey with pockets on the back.
- Jerseys are really expensive, but I bought mine from China on ebay
- Gloves ($20)
- If you’re riding for under an hour, you probably don’t need these.
- Pearl Izumi Men’s Select Glove, Black, Large
- Bike Computer
- I didn’t buy a bike computer because I already have a smartphone!
- Smartphone Holder ($30)
- Water Bottle Holders ($7)
- If you ride for an hour or less you only need one. If you ride for more than an hour, you’ll need two
- Avenir Alloy Water Bicycle Bottle Cage (Black)
- Most starter bikes come with traditional pedals for your typical running shoes to strap into.
- If you’re not racing or just beginning, you may want to hold off before purchasing pedals and shoes to get the hang of things.
- Pedals ($60)
- Shoes ($70)
- Lube for Pedals/Seatpost ($15)
- Needed to install pedals and seatpost
- Tacx Carbon Assembly Compound, 80-Gram
- Seat Bag ($15) – required
- For storing all of your emergency supplies underneath your seat.
- Avenir Bigmouth Velcro Seat Bag (Small- 27 Cubic Inches)
- Tubes ($6) – required
- For those pesky times when you run over nails, glass, and sharp things
- Sunlite Bicycle Tube, 700 x 18-23 (27 x 1) 32mm PRESTA Valve
- Tire Levers ($5)
- To make changing tubes WAY easier
- Park Tool TL-1 Tire Lever (Pack of 3)
- CO2 Cartridges and Inflator ($45)
- Pump ($30)
- If you have CO2 and are confident with it, you may not need a pump
- Mobo Pocket Air Pump
- Toolkit ($7) – required
- For taking things apart and fixing them
- Multi Function Bike Multitool Bicycle Tool Patch Kit & Tire Levers 16 Function
- Hitch Mount ($100)
- For transporting your bikes on the back of your car!
- Allen Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (2-Inch Receiver)
- Endomondo (Free)
- This is currently the only App I use. It tracks position, speed, distance, follows routes and monitors heart rate if you choose.
- Link to iTunes App – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/endomondo-sports-tracker-gps/id333210180?mt=8
- Link to Google App – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.endomondo.android
- Aerodynamic Wheels
- These can get quite pricey.
- Provide possibly the greatest pedal power savings for the money though.
- Aerodynamic Bars
- For the “crouching” position you see all the pros doing in the races!
As you can see, the list of things grows and grows and can get pretty expensive. If you start simple, you can always upgrade!