7 bits of cycling gear that cost less than a 7 day travelcard

A 7 day travel card costs £34.20 to Zones 1 to 3. Sometimes its a nice reminder of how much money you are saving by cycling and what that equates to.

EDZ Merino Liner Gloves

Merino gloves

Get warm and snug hands by fitting this £10 pair of Merino liner gloves inside your existing gloves. The extra warmth is certain to defeat even the coldest of days.

Fibre Flare Bike Light

Fibre flare connected to back of bike

The Fibre Flare bike light is a great compliment to your existing bike light. You can fit this flexible light either on your bike frame or attach it to your bag. The light offers a wide degree of visibility and costs just £26.99 – much less than a travel card!

iPhone bike mount

iPhone bike mount

If you like to motivate yourself by tracking all the miles you are covering by bike or you like to find alternative routes around London using the BikeHub app, you’ll enjoy using this waterproof iPhone bike mount. Plus, it’s £4.25 less than a weekly travel card.

London Cycling Campaign Yearly Membership

There’s no doubt that cycling in London still has a long way to go. However, the LCC have recently really responded to cyclists concerns and are pushing for Dutch style cycling infrastructure in London. This is a big breakthrough and a welcome departure from the previous campaign directions. A membership helps support their campaign work and gives you a number of benefits.

New brake pads

Wet roads mean slower braking – a new pair of brake pads costs around £5. Adjusting them is quick and easy (Tips inside our maintenance course) or you can get your favourite local bike shop to fit them for less than a weekly travel card.

Beto Track Pump Alloy Barrel With Gauge

Beto track pump

For just £12.49 you can get a Track Pump which will allow you to quickly get your tyres up to the required pressure. This is incredible important so you can avoid punctures and sweaty pedalling. Its one of my favourite upgrade suggestions for new cyclists.

Woolly hat

On a recent trip to Copenhagen I picked up a nice woolly hat, complete with ear flaps! There’s no doubt I look a little bit ridiculous but the warmth is incredible. If you are getting cold pedalling in to work in the morning, consider adding a woolly hat or a liner of some sort under your helmet. This can then be quickly removed as your body temperature rises.

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10 Responses to 7 bits of cycling gear that cost less than a 7 day travelcard

  1. Sandra 03/12/2012 at 12:29 pm #

    I think this is a great way of looking at it – last week I had a stage one service for £50 – the sort of thing you can put off – but reasoned “its only a two week travelcard”… actually more like a week and a half, but its been a while since i got a travelcard!

  2. Barton 03/12/2012 at 3:09 pm #

    What a great way of looking at it! Recently I had a rear wheel failure (the rim split between two of the spokes, just strange), and the price of a good rear wheel made me audibly gulp. Then my bike mechanic pointed out that it was the same as filling up my Subaru w/ two tanks of gasoline. “And when was the last time you filled up your tank?” was the next thing he said. It had been nearly three months since I filled the tank on my car – whereas, the average car owner fills up every two weeks, and someone who commutes daily by car tends to fill up weekly.

    As they say, it’s all relative!

    • Andreas 03/12/2012 at 7:25 pm #

      Yep agreed Barton, I think people forget the amount that goes out of your wallet by using the tube but we’re quick to think “aahhhh bike repairs are too expensive!”

  3. Toria 03/12/2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Gloves look good but too big for my smaller hands. Got any recommendations for smaller ones?

  4. Toria 03/12/2012 at 6:47 pm #

    EDIT: yes, found them in a smaller size

  5. jason 07/12/2012 at 12:14 pm #

    money saved on transport plus this cold weather = a cuppa T from a cafe (50p) at the end of my commute

  6. Simon 10/12/2012 at 9:11 pm #

    As for a liner under your helmet – I use an army surpless camo dcull cap/bandana – cost only about £3 and is the perfect shape and fitness

  7. Mark 17/12/2012 at 3:44 pm #

    A great way of putting it! Unfortunately there is still much work needed to be done on not only upgrading cycle paths but also educating drivers – and cyclists who don’t follow the rules

  8. Emma 16/06/2013 at 8:41 am #

    I couldn’t live without my headband in the winter (and most of this spring, and some of this summer). It is a sports one that covers my ears but because it’s not a full hat it fits well under my helmet and I don’t get too hot. Plus a polar fleece neck gaiter from katmandu. Both well less than £30 ;-)

  9. Dan 16/06/2013 at 9:08 am #

    Saving money, great. More important you’re getting fit. So added bonus of saving you gym membership fees!

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