I'm no avid cyclist. But I thought I would save some money and get my bike tuned up to take to work more often. I walk into the bike store to pick up some parts yesterday and I felt like I entered a whole different world. Normally when you walk into a store wearing jeans you would not be the strange person in odd clothes. Instead, I walk in and all around me were tight pants...an a lot of them...and people actually wearing them. I knew about cyclists pants and shirts (usually trying to avoid them on the road) but I didn't know people spent literally hundreds of dollars on cyclist underwear (also very tight looking), cyclist shoes, cyclist goggles, cyclist socks...strange contraptions that you would probably find on a Back to the Future Bicycle (if it existed). Tools that you never knew existed for everything. I'm fairly sure I saw them selling Batman Belts to hold all these items. I don't think I would need those tools, if MacGyver could get along with a simple Swiss Army knife, I think I could. And everything is soo overpriced.
I think I'll stick to the basics. Remember, I am only cycling to SAVE money, not to be outfitted to ride my bike through the Mojave desert. One should never have to take out a loan to feed any habit or hobby, including biking. So if you if you ever see me riding on the street in over-tight, over-priced pants...steal my bike...take it away...Don't let me become what I call the "Avid Cyclist". No offense to the avid cyclists out there, but I just cannot fit into your world. Or your pants.