There is a cost

Eddie Barkla | Bendigo Weekly | 30-Dec-2011 11.01AMN

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If as your new-year resolution, you are about to start with a new beginning in cycling, there is a cost factor that may well need to be considered.
Entering into cycling starts with the initial outlay of buying the bike which suits your vision, whether for commuting, riding trails on the weekend, or recreational road riding.
Having a budget in mind is essential or money will slip through your fingers.
The bike choice will then require pedal choice and shoes to match. Good sound advice in selecting a well-fitting helmet is vital as this can be all that is between you and the road in an event of a fall.
Clothing is another area where initial outlay may come with some reservations, but once you have experienced a reasonable pair of cycling knicks and good gloves, you won’t regret the decision.
So far we have skimmed over the hip pocket costs where it is easy to see the value.
Have you taken into account the time cost and how your existing lifestyle can accommodate this new venture?
If you have played sport before then you are part way on the road to knowing the commitment of time.
Time required will be proportional to what you hope to gain in your fitness levels, kilometres travelled, kilograms lost, events accomplished or cups of coffee consumed with new-found friends.
Goal setting is time management and being able to measure your level of fitness against recovery and rest and what your intake of food and hydration have been.
Making commitments to suit existing time constraints is not easy and often means early mornings or later evenings to establish a solid routine.
Considering commuting as an option may well require a change of mindset on hair styles, clothing and personal cleanliness arrangements.
Whatever we may consider as a cost, there will also be an impact on our family.
Quite often our family members are not prepared for the impact in money and time.
Keeping this balance is important in the initial stages of starting out until the benefits of cycling are realised.
Be assured if you are surrounded by the right advice and people the cycling bug will grab your attention and time.
Having the support of family, partners and friends will make the make the transition so much smoother.
Looking forward to seeing you on the bike soon, God willing.

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