I recently bought a bike and although I previously had one, that was six years ago when the money came out of my dad’s pocket instead of mine. This time round, it is all different so its safe to say that I have learnt a few things.
Deciding which bike to buy can be a difficult process. There will always be bikes that appear to be better than yours in some way or another. The key to getting around this problem is working out what you need, finding a bike that matches your requirements and then going ahead and buying it. Waiting an dwelling on it will only reduce the number of days of summer that you can enjoy your bike for. If you have the money, then go ahead and buy it instead of waiting for its price to go down.
Once you buy the bike, don’t think about whether it has gone cheaper now. Being a student, money is of course very tight and it did hurt a bit to realise that I could have used a voucher code to get 10% off my bike. Then I realised that the little extra I could have saved was not important. What was important now was enjoying my bike that I had spent my hard earned money on.
Another thing is that there are quite a few added costs to buying a bike. Whether it is a bicycle care plan (£19.99 at Halfords), mudguards or a lock, these all add up so remember to factor these things into your budget. The lock tends to be the most expensive depending on how well you want to protect your bike. Also remember that a good strong lock will add around 1.3kg to the weight of your bike. Which means when you go on a leisurely bike ride, then don’t take it along with you if you won’t need it!
I primarily bought my bike to ride to university next year but have yet to tackle the issue of arriving at university all hot and bothered. Tomorrow though is a test ride as I’ll be riding to work in the early hours of Sunday morning. Don’t worry, anti-perspirant is in the bag. Eek.
The final thing about having a bike is that it is great! You can go on lovely bike rides and have amazing fun but sometimes riding on the road can be slightly frightening. Especially when turning right while traffic is speeding in both directions. As a cyclist, you’re not as wide as a car so your rear does end up feeling vulnerable if you have to stop to turn.
Until Next Time
A Worried Student