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I wish Wiggle wouldn't keep all those order details..

graham_ggraham_g Posts: 652
edited August 2007 in Commuting chat
My personal discount is now 10% as I've spent over £500 in the last 12 months! Holy censored , how did that happen?!

All I've bought is clothing, a helmet and a few odds & sods for two different bike builds. Christ knows how much I've spent including all other bike retailers - I think I need some kind of spending amnesty in place, as I know I certainly don't need anything else!

Anyone else lost track?!

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  • ChrisLSChrisLS Posts: 2,749
    ...big time, spend, spend, spend, me :) :? :o
    ...all the way...'til the wheels fall off and burn...
  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    Since I save about £120 a month by commuting to work by cycle rather than the bus, I feel subconsciously that I should spend the money saved on cycling kit.

    I think wiggle will be seeing alot more of my money now.
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  • graham_ggraham_g Posts: 652
    Seeing as I'm only saving about £40 a month; I'm struggling for justifications :D
  • £1562.

    Whoops.
  • mazcpmazcp Posts: 953
    Are you guys married? Do you tell your other half about all this spending or do you keep schtum?!
  • ChrisLSChrisLS Posts: 2,749
    ...I give it the, "you'll never guess how much I'm saving in petrol and running costs...so I have bought a new jersy/bike/wheels/tyres/whatever... :wink: (I save about £80 a month :D )
    ...all the way...'til the wheels fall off and burn...
  • I am married and most often own up to my purchases. In mitigation I don't spend money on anything else and that figure above includes £800 for a new bike.

    I hardly drink, don't smoke, go out very rarely and generally lead a very dull live enlivened only by the occasional package arriving from Wiggle.

    I also fund a lot of purchases through ebaying unused stuff.
  • ChrisLSChrisLS Posts: 2,749
    ...Chain Reaction are good, 8) I've spent hundreds with them... :wink:
    ...all the way...'til the wheels fall off and burn...
  • graham_ggraham_g Posts: 652
    Oh it'll definitely drop when I move in with the better half later this year - I'm still desperately hanging on to my bachelorhood which invariably involves the desolation on a monthly basis of 'disposably income'.

    Oh and about £100 of that was for her bike anyway!
  • arranandyarranandy Posts: 688
    I'm over the £1000 mark for the last 12 months but that's spread over 3 bikes and did include a set of Fulcrum wheels. However if 'her indoors' ever finds out how much I've then I'm in deep sh-one-t!!

    I also make the point of getting all my purchases delivered to work so she doesn't know what I'm buying
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  • discuriodiscurio Posts: 118
    always deliver to work. she never notices new parts fitted to the bike. :D
    I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information
  • squiredsquired Posts: 1,216
    All this talk reminds me of when my uncle bought a new bike for his triathlons a few years ago. It cost him £2,000 but to this day his wife still thinks it cost £200. Thank god for wives who aren't into bikes! Then again, he also used to get bonuses from work up towards the six figure range apparently, and she thought they were around £500-£1000!!
  • fossyantfossyant Posts: 2,549
    Happens to the best of us - must have spent a fortune this year too - probably near to £1000 and that doesn't include any major hardware.

    Clothing (obvious it wears out), Spesh Carbon Pro Road shoes, 3 x sets of tyres and tubes for all three bikes, 3 x chains etc etc etc

    OK, my renewed training / interest in the bike has caused this........ just bits that 'needed' replacing ! :lol: But I've lost weight, cut out the junk food and stopped the boozing, plus now commuting - will save £1000 very quickly - that is unless I spend some more :twisted:
  • El GordoEl Gordo Posts: 394
    My wife seems happy for me to spend our money on cycling bits. I think it somehow serves as justification for her to buy shoes and 'tops'.
  • HuwieHuwie Posts: 9
    Ah, so Wiggle are good, are they? That's pre-empted the next thread I was going to post about where to buy cycling stuff!

    I doubt I'll have many problems buying kit with regard to my partner, since she cycles too. But having stuff delivered to work is massively convenient for the simple fact of not having to go to the post office to collect parcels.
  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    I've just noticed that the wiggle 20% offer is still on. I'll have to spend a lot more again this month.
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  • TariqTariq Posts: 55
    Something odd about cycling being a 'green' activity, yet here are people spending hundreds on cycling accessories. Mostly stuff made from plastics and flown in from China or eastern Europe.

    For the record, in the past year I have spent a few pounds on inner tubes from my LBS. Surely there must come a time when you run out of cycling accessories to buy and start to enjoy the bike for what it is......a simple mode of transport, not an end in itself.
  • HuwieHuwie Posts: 9
    Nice of you to tell us all how we should be enjoying our hobby, Tariq!
  • dazzawazzadazzawazza Posts: 462
    Tariq wrote:
    Something odd about cycling being a 'green' activity, yet here are people spending hundreds on cycling accessories. Mostly stuff made from plastics and flown in from China or eastern Europe.

    Yes, but it still must be massively less than the manufacture and delivery of motor vehicles and accessories. Even servicing a motor vehicle must be costly on resources.

    What happens to the used engine oil that's not recycled?? I can imagine the used oil of most chavmobiles going down the nearest storm drain.
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    my missus isn't to happy and generally her jaw will drop at some "silly looking" lycra costing 50-60 quid but she knows I use it all the time so I think she sort of allows it/justifies it that way

    plus it's my money... for now
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  • graham_ggraham_g Posts: 652
    Perhaps sharing in a hobby is best - I'm getting my g/f a bike for her birthday so we can ride together. A bit like my latest tack before moving in together; referring to the porn collection as our porn collection :lol:
  • dazzawazzadazzawazza Posts: 462
    Graham G wrote:
    Perhaps sharing in a hobby is best

    That's ok until your wife becomes just as obsessed. Then it's twice the £££.
    Some how it ended up that Mrs Dazzawazza has a more expensive bike than me.

    It's also twice the maintenance and guess who has to do that?
  • graham_ggraham_g Posts: 652
    censored - I'll just have keep my fingers crossed there daz!
  • TariqTariq Posts: 55
    Thanks for agreeing with what I wrote Huwie, I agree with you about not being to prescriptive about telling people how to enjoy thier hobby.

    I apologise for that but I think my main point is still pretty much true.
  • DarrenRDarrenR Posts: 57
    I feel exactly the same Tariq.

    I don't know what people find to buy. Cycling is a simple activity.

    I cycle to reduce my carbon footprint. Cyclists that consume massive amounts of products are negating the good they are doing by cycling in the first place. :!:

    I'm still using a lot of the gear I bought when I first got into cycling back in the mid 90's. I am very proud of that.

    Hellfire!
  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    DarrenR wrote:
    I don't know what people find to buy. Cycling is a simple activity.

    I was starting from scratch. I had been wearing a mix of my rugby kit and hiking gear, which wasn't ideal and it'll be even less ideal once the cold weather sets in. So I had to buy everything like a jersey and padded shorts - stuff like that.
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