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What's the first bike-relating thing you'd buy for £50?

sarajoysarajoy Posts: 1,675
edited July 2009 in Commuting chat
Seeing as I'm about to receive a voucher... What'd you get? Let's assume you already have enough fairly average/cheapo equipment that you are not wanting for anything in particular.
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  • Stuey01Stuey01 Posts: 1,273
    Carbon bottle cage?

    Seriously though, have you got bike computer? if not then that would be worthwhile.
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  • alex16zxalex16zx Posts: 153
    edited July 2009
    Double post. See below.
  • alex16zxalex16zx Posts: 153
    Personally it's a helmet, I've just realised recently that I really should have one, especially as I'm planning longer rides in areas I don't know so well (not that knowing the area helps if you get hit by a car!).

    If you don't have any, I'd probably say an entry-level set of SPDs, but then you'd need the shoes as well, which would take you over 50 quid.
  • RoastieRoastie Posts: 1,968
    I'd go for a baselayer or two. Can't have enough good baselayers.
  • il_principeil_principe Posts: 9,152
    alex16zx wrote:
    Personally it's a helmet, I've just realised recently that I really should have one, especially as I'm not planning longer rides in areas I don't know so well (not that knowing the area helps if you get hit by a car!).

    Not that wearing a helmet helps if you get hit by a car!
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  • sarajoysarajoy Posts: 1,675
    Happy with my helmet, and my SPD pedals and shoes, and computer (bought a cheapo one after my good one bounced off never to be seen again). Good choices though!

    Hrmm baselayer. I tend to get very hot and sweaty anyway, so I wear a fairly wicky jersey without any extra layers under or over it. Would it help me to have an extra base layer?
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  • roger_merrimanroger_merriman Posts: 6,165
    Clothes most likely never can have too many tops or shorts
  • gabriel959gabriel959 Posts: 4,227
    Workstand!
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  • amneziaamnezia Posts: 590
    alex16zx wrote:
    Personally it's a helmet, I've just realised recently that I really should have one, especially as I'm not planning longer rides in areas I don't know so well (not that knowing the area helps if you get hit by a car!).

    Not that wearing a helmet helps if you get hit by a car!
    :D

    it does if you go head first into the windscreen :D
  • lost_in_thoughtlost_in_thought Posts: 10,563
    If I were you Sara, more bibshorts!
  • SPD Sandals you'll need to add a couple of quid
  • sarajoysarajoy Posts: 1,675
    Hahah, SPD sandals are almost tempting...
    ...I suppose I could go on the hunt for lady-bibshorts locally... I know you wear some men's ones, but I'm not sure how they /should/ fit so I couldn't put on mens ones and know it's "good enough" a fit...
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  • lost_in_thoughtlost_in_thought Posts: 10,563
    I only wear ladies' ones. Men's ones don't fit right...

    And I love my SPD sandals. They rock.
  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    And I love my SPD sandals. They rock.

    Do you get a year's supply of Alpen with them too? :P
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  • CiBCiB Posts: 6,098
    A good book and a decent bottle of red. There's more to life than cycli... <realises error, runs off in haste>
  • gandhigandhi Posts: 187
    Track pump
  • iainmossiainmoss Posts: 88
    Track pump
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  • Jay dubbleUJay dubbleU Posts: 3,159
    Brooks saddle
  • soy_saucesoy_sauce Posts: 987
    Workstand or Tool set.

    track pump is a most have if you don't already have one.

    waterproof/windproof gears, since it will be discounted during the summer

    :D
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  • sarajoysarajoy Posts: 1,675
    Got a track pump, albeit a cheap one from Tesco, but it works well when I have enough power to push down hard enough!

    Got workstand, got sets of tools coming out of my ears.

    And I only boil to death in waterproof stuff - I have a good jacket but don't need much else - though I suppose I could look at tights for the winter. Hrm.

    Oooh, Brooks saddle. Tempting, but my Ladle is doing well...
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  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    If you'd normally spend £20 on, say, a jersey, put the voucher towards it and buy yourself a nice £70 high-end item.
  • soy_saucesoy_sauce Posts: 987
    sarajoy, i just remember your thread not longer ago regarding a bike from Gumtree. use the £50 to upgrade components for that bike if you have got it?

    how about cycling glasses?
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  • lost_in_thoughtlost_in_thought Posts: 10,563
    cjcp wrote:
    And I love my SPD sandals. They rock.

    Do you get a year's supply of Alpen with them too? :P

    I wish... :lol:
  • vorsprungvorsprung Posts: 1,953
    Lidl are doing very cheap track pumps this week
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    edited July 2009
    Yes but they explode.

    edit: the lawyers from "Have I Got News For You" have asked to to add the word "allegedly" after the above statement, so please consider it so.
  • wantawaywantaway Posts: 96
    £50 can be spent on one of the following

    better LOCK
    better Lights
    Rain Jacket
    tyres
    Little tool bag thing to fit under seat plus inner tube or two
    a show off cycling bag

    or a second hand childs BMX so you can ride around a pretend to be a giant.
  • amnezia wrote:
    alex16zx wrote:
    Personally it's a helmet, I've just realised recently that I really should have one, especially as I'm not planning longer rides in areas I don't know so well (not that knowing the area helps if you get hit by a car!).

    Not that wearing a helmet helps if you get hit by a car!
    :D

    it does if you go head first into the windscreen :D

    Actually, windscreens are already designed on the assumption that people will be going head first through them without a helmet, although most are expected to go from the inside to the outside of the car.

    American windscreens, with laminated glass, had to be redesigned, when it was found that the plastic layer was too good. Heads successfully went through the windscreen, but the plastic layer didn't tear, it just stretched. It then sprung back, guillotining the driver.

    But they went back to the drawing board

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  • benno68benno68 Posts: 1,689
    A pair of waterproof overshoes, you should have £25 left for a drink or two...
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  • linsenlinsen Posts: 1,959
    A montane velo jacket and a load of chain cleaner

    Or..... A merino baselayer - I got one from Howies recently for £25 - Il Principe can be seen modelling it if you scour the interweb.....
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  • BassjunkieukBassjunkieuk Posts: 4,232
    biondino wrote:
    Yes but they explode.

    edit: the lawyers from "Have I Got News For You" have asked to to add the word "allegedly" after the above statement, so please consider it so.

    But that adds to the excitement of pumping up your tyres! Keeps you on your toes as you have to "feel" for the pump fecking about! Then it's a case of gently letting it out before removing it from the valve, without snapping anything :lol:

    Clothing gets my vote personally although with £50 to spend I'd be tempted by a better track pump and put the change towards some new clothing......
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