"Essential" gear list on a budget

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"Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby dai_t75 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 19:32 pm

Hi all,

Been lurking on here a while and a few other sites for last couple of weeks trying to absorb as much info as possible before taking the plunge. I have decided to take up cycling for a number of reasons I won't bore you with for now! Anyway, everyone on here seems very helpful and friendly so I was hoping someone wouldn't mind helping me out with my '"essential" list of gear I plan on getting:

Bike - Budget of about £600 - No specific bike I have my heart set on yet, gonna head to my LBS and try some out and see which one feels right to me.

Helmet £40-50
Bib shorts - £40-45 - Dhb seems to be cheap and highly rated, any issues with the bib shorts?
Shoes - £50 - Looks as if I can pick up some shimano's online for this much
Jersey - £20
Saddle bag - £15
Multitool - £20
Mini pump - £29 - Lezyne Pressure Mini seems highly rated
Sapre tubes - £5?
Tyre leavers - £3
Patch kit - £4
Floor pump - £20
Bottle/cage - £10
Mudguards £25?
Overshoes - £10 Planet X Neoprene again seem cheap and highly rated.

That comes in just under £300 which I think is reasonable. Just wondering if anyone can see any issues with this budget... am I skimping too much?

I already have some gear from running/golf/hiking that I hope to use:
Under armour - Got a long sleeve top that I think would be ok to use as a base layer?
Seal Skin gloves - Are waterproof and should give me enough grip.
Helly Hansen Waterproof mac thing - Probably be a bit boil in the bag, but should do to start me off.
Socks - Will walking socks do a good enough job?

Think that's about it :D

Thanks in advance for any advice/tips.... can't wait to get started. I have ridden bikes on and off over the years (mtb) and I know I will stick to it once I get started.

Cheers,
Dai.

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby Wardster00 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 21:05 pm

If you are riding over the winter (I presume that you are as over shoes are on your list) you may want to add arm and leg warmers to your list.

I've just bought some DHB shorts and they are good. For the £50 you have for shoes the new DHB R1 shoes would fit the bill. They look smart and get good reviews.

Enjoy your shopping trip!

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby DaxPlusPlus » Fri Oct 05, 2012 21:29 pm

Lights?
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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby dai_t75 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 21:49 pm

Wardster00 wrote:If you are riding over the winter (I presume that you are as over shoes are on your list) you may want to add arm and leg warmers to your list.

I've just bought some DHB shorts and they are good. For the £50 you have for shoes the new DHB R1 shoes would fit the bill. They look smart and get good reviews.

Enjoy your shopping trip!


Yeah, I will be. I was thinking the long sleeve underarmour might be enough for my arms. Again, might add leg warmers later. From past experience with various sports in the cold I know for a fact my hands and feet are the main problems, I will see how the arms and legs get on (they are usually ok though). Will check out the shoes thanks - how do cycling shoe sizes generally compare to normal trainers/shoes?


DaxPlusPlus wrote:Lights?


Knew I was forgetting at least a couple of things, thanks. Any recommendations? There seems to be a huge range from dirt cheap to hundreds!

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby Mikey41 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 22:04 pm

For lights, where do you do your cycling? If it's under street lights, £30-40 will get you sorted, if it's out in the country, you will want something more powerful at the front.

If I'm cycling in the dark, it's on the way home from work under streetlights. I run 2x Cateye TL-LD150's at the back (one flashing, one constant) and a Cateye EL-135 at the front on constant. That's working OK so far :)
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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby PaulG99 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 22:08 pm

Pedals?

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby Mikey41 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 22:12 pm

PaulG99 wrote:Pedals?

A £600 bike will already have them, they'll either be flats or clips with straps, but nothing wrong with that.
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Postby PaulG99 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 22:14 pm

Mikey41 wrote:
PaulG99 wrote:Pedals?

A £600 bike will already have them, they'll either be flats or clips with straps, but nothing wrong with that.


I was assuming since the OP had shoes on his shopping list that he was going clipless.

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby DaxPlusPlus » Fri Oct 05, 2012 22:16 pm

oh and I reckon the boil in the bag jacket will be a nightmare if you want to travel at any kind of speed or up hills.

If you want to ride in all weathers and at any time then I reckon your budget is maybe £100-150 short .. if you just ride when it's just cold and dry and not when it's dark (weekends) then you may be able to lose the wet weather stuff and spend that money on a more cycling specific clothes (windproof jacket or gilet + arm warmers, tights or leg warmers).

Or you could do what I did - get a 2nd hand bike for £400 (immaculate 1 year old Trek with 9 speed Tiagra). The money saved will pay for clothes, lights and you get to keep the wet weather stuff too.

Appriciate the 2nd hand route has issues .. mainly getting a bike that fits and the wait for the right bike to come up.

As for lights - as some else said it depends. You probably want to search the archives cos that one has been asked a few times :D
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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby dai_t75 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 22:44 pm

Thanks for the replies all.

I actually picked up some pedals last week - Shimano M520. They seemed to have good reviews and I got them £17.50 delivered with cleats which seemed like a good price.

It is my birthday in November so will hopefully be able to get a windproof gilet etc from the missus/family then. I just wanted to get the main stuff covered to start off.

I could be riding a mixture of lanes/streets, I guess I will stick to the streets when it's dark until I build up some experience so the £30-40 lights should do me for now!

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby Mikey23 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 17:07 pm

sounds like a good list to me with plenty to get you started. i had loads of stuff from my running days but was surprised how different it is and how much colder you can get. you can always add things as and when you need them and birthdays and christmas helps. Make friends with your local LBS and could save a load of money. mine are always on hand to give impartial advice to make sure you make good choices. For what its worth, I purchased a Giant Defy from them for £599 and am delighted with it

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby Simon Masterson » Sat Oct 06, 2012 17:48 pm

That list isn't bad at all, though it does lack lights. I recommend the Cateye Rapid 3 as an excellent inexpensive rear light. A lock is a good thing to have as well. Cycling is an excellent mode of transport!

I would recommend you consider your clothing carefully though. When I started cycling I had my summer jersey, some t-shirts, my ancient school PE shorts, a pair of scrappy trainers and a pair of tubular bandages for armwarmers. I wouldn't recommend this setup, and a good long sleeve jersey was a welcome addition! I don't feel the cold nearly as much in my legs. The good thing about tights is that you can buy unpadded ones and wear them over your shorts; I just bought a pair of unpadded DHB Roubaix bibs as they're selling them off. They're nice.

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby dai_t75 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 18:59 pm

Thanks for all the replies fellas. Below I have my updated list with the names of the parts included and a couple of questions. I would greatly appreciate any comments/ pearls of wisdom!

Bike - £300 - Going to take a punt on the Triban 3. Seems to get good reviews and seems fairly similar spec'd to the bikes in the £500-£650 range I was looking at in the shops. I can always upgrade next spring if the better half will let me :P

Helmet - £60 - Haven't found the exact one I'm after yet
Bib shorts - £54 - dhb Aeron
Shoes - £45 - dhb M1.0 Mountain Bike Cycling Shoe
Jersey - £20 - Louis Garneau Metro 2 Short Sleeve Jersey
Saddle bag - £13.50 - Topeak Aero Wedge (Buckle) Medium Saddle Bag
Multitool - £18 - Crank Brothers 17 Function Multi Tool
Mini pump - £30 - Lezyne Pressure Drive Mini ABS Pump - Small
Spare tubes £10 - Will there be some writing on the tyre to tell me what size tube I need?
Tyre levers - £3 - ice toolz steel tyre lever set
Patch kit - £3 - Park Tools Puncture Repair Kit Super Patch
Floor pump - £21 - LifeLine High Pressure Floor Pump
Cage/bottle - £10
Mudguards - £23 - SKS Chromoplastic Road Mudguard Set. Will these fit most bikes ok? or do they need specific holes drilled in the frame for example?
Overshoes - £10 - Planet x neoprene
Rear light - £18 - Cateye TL-Rapid 3 LED Rear Light
Front light - £22.50 - Cateye HL-EL135 LED Black Front Light
Base layer - £0 - Underarmour long sleeve cold
Gloves - £0 - Sealskinz waterproof
Socks - £0 - Hiking socks

Soon to be added:
Windproof gilet
Waterprooof/breathable jacket
Buff
Knee warmers
Glasses with 3 lenses

I also realise I haven't got any items to look after the bike.. what sort of stuff should I be looking at for looking after the chain and gears etc?

Thanks again for all the help,
Dai.

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby Benrad » Mon Oct 08, 2012 19:43 pm

Mudguards, I just got some crud racer mk2 and they're brilliant, they don't require mounting holes but the ones on your list do. I think the triban 3 comes with mounting holes anyway. You'll want presta, long valve 700c and the width is the only other thing to worry about. That bike comnes with 23 width tyres I think so just make sure that lays in the range somewhere.

Also some of that stuff will be cheaper in decathlon if you're going there anyway. I got some bib shorts fro £20 the other week and they feel comfy to me although I've never tried more expensive ones

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby chorlton chimp » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:44 am

If you are going to Decathlon anyway check out their Bibshort 7 at £29.99. Of my four pairs they are far and away the comfiest - the gel pad is great and the lycra is tight and supportive. The colourscheme isn't great but if they were all black the Spesh and Edinburgh co-op pairs I own would never have been bought as I would have 3 lost of these. The £20 ones are adequate but the lycra isn't as tight and the pad is a thin affair.

If you are still in the market for a helmet have a look at www.myspokes.com. They have good discounts on Met and Giro helmets - I had a Giro Savant off them in the summer for £38 and have been very pleased with it.

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby dai_t75 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:09 pm

Cheers guys, will check out some of the decathlon gear when I am there.

Went on a bit of a spree last night and ordered a lot fo stuff from wiggle... gonna be like a kid on christmas morning when it all arrives! Went for the crud racer mk2 guards in the end, seem to be highly rated.

Now I have the daunting task of setting up my pedals and cleats.. think I have read every article/thread on the internet about it and still don't feel all that confident. Guess it will just be a trial and error exercise.

Bit of a weird question, but how do you guys wash your bibs? I was going to wash them after every ride, but I will be riding more than the washing machine will be going on. Does anyone handwash theirs? Or just have 2 pairs and alternate?

Cheers,
Dai.

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby slowondefy2 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:28 pm

I do a 30C machine wash of all my kit straight after a ride (ie. I don't let the sweat dry at all). New dark stuff I handwash a couple of times in warmer water to ensure no dye will run out of them, otherwise I do everything together. Never put anything with velco in with your other kit.

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby zx6man » Wed Oct 10, 2012 14:44 pm

m520's are very easy to clip unclip, don't worry. +1 triban 3 , cant get a better value bike for the cash... and a +1 for giro savant, great lid and for under £40 !

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby dai_t75 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:20 pm

zx6man wrote:m520's are very easy to clip unclip, don't worry. +1 triban 3 , cant get a better value bike for the cash... and a +1 for giro savant, great lid and for under £40 !


TBH I am more worried about setting up the cleat postion than the actual clipping in/out due to having knee issues, I don't want to make it worse if I can help it!

Have tried looking for the Savant, but seems to be £50 on most of the main sites. Think the helmet may be something I will buy in store after trying it on and feeling comfortable in it, even if it does cost me a bit more.

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Re: "Essential" gear list on a budget

Postby lotus49 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 17:53 pm

Have a look on eBay for high power torches. I just bought a ridiculously bright torch that is easy to fix on the bike using a £2 clamp and came with two chunky rechargeable batteries. It was £21 and way way brighter and better made than tha Cat Eye lights I have seen.


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