For a geek, no pleasure is greater than buying gear . . .

Seven months of cycling in tennis and hiking clothes . . . enough is enough! I found that even in Melbourne’s mild winter, my legs froze into icy pistons.

Cycling gear is bewilderingly complex and full of arcane terms, which of course endears it enormously to me. What could be more fun than researching cycling shorts (not bibs, a new term to me? Nah), knee warmers (who knew they even existed?) and bicycle bells (mine broke from regular use, dinging the splendid mixed traffic on the Yarra Trail).

I’ve ended up buying online (hope they fit and don’t chafe!) and going for cheapies. First gear purchases are always risky.

Now I can’t wait to test all three!


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