WHAT WE SPENT ON OUR BIKE(S)…

Cycling Plus - - CYCLING’SBIGGESTLIES -

Most cy­clists don’t just tell one lie here, we tell two. When talk­ing to fel­low rid­ers the price of the bike is al­ways in­flated: “What did it cost? Noth­ing re­ally,” we non­cha­lantly ut­ter. “Just all the tea… in China.” A dif­fer­ent tale is told to our girl­friends, boyfriends, wives and hus­bands: “The bike? How much was it? Noth­ing, well prac­ti­cally noth­ing. In fact, they paid me to take it off their hands.” The truth is al­ways some­where be­tween the two – only re­vealed if we’re ex­posed to weeks of in­tense in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

A good way of avoid­ing a Pinoc­chio moment is a Bike Price Amnesty. Put sim­ply, get your cy­cling mates to agree you’re all go­ing to tell the truth about what you spend on your rides. Shar­ing de­tails of the bar­gains you’ve wan­gled is a mas­sive re­lief – and causes less trou­ble if this in­for­ma­tion gets back to your bet­ter halves. Any bar­gain hunt­ing must be done hon­estly, or it quickly de­scends into a com­pe­ti­tion to see who can get the big­gest fic­ti­tious dis­count.

A TALE OF TWO LIES: WE IN­FLATE HOW MUCH WE SPEND ON NEW BIKES AND KIT TO OUR PEERS, BUT CUT THE COST WHEN TELLING LOVED ONES BE HON­EST ALL ROUND

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