Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Portland, Maine USA
Bikes: Trek 850 Antelope
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Are you "addicted" to your bicycling gear?
Are you "addicted" to your bicycling gear? By that, I mean spending too much time with (i.e. preparing, assembling, packing, donning, removing, folding, etc.) the various items that you wear or carry with you in various stages while out on a ride. Think about it. I can give you a good example.
I was last out riding one windy day in Maine where the hills can be long and steep. The weather was clear but was to become overcast with the possibility of rain. I was dressed in full kit in helmet, club jersey, wind jacket, spandex shorts, socks with biking shoes, and warm gloves. A Hydrapak hydration unit was also strapped to my back if I grew thirsty. My riding partner was dressed relatively the same way. In my rack trunk, I carried a rain jacket and long spandex pants in case it let down.
From the start of the ride, it was three miles before we reached the top of the first hill. After two of those miles, I was beginning to sweat. I stopped, removed my windbreaker, and put it in my rack trunk. The ride down the other side would be freezing if it were drenched in my own persperation. My riding partner caught up and waited while I struggled back into the hydrapak. At the top of the hill, we stopped again where I took a long drink and enjoyed the view. When my riding partner saw me reach inside my rack trunk for the windbreaker again, she lost her patience and rode off ahead of me. After a freezing ride, she put the question to me. I'm guilty to some extent.
So I ask you Foosters. Are you "addicted" to your bicycling gear? Please discuss.