“Wearing out your beginner gear is like graduating. You know that you’ve stuck with the sport long enough that you aren’t truly a beginner anymore. You may have managed to save up some cash for the next step. And you can buy the nicer gear now, knowing exactly what you want and need.”— Buy the cheap thing first (Kottke)
+ Beginner gear isn’t the same thing as cheap gear. A decent entry-level bicycle from your local bike shop (shoutout Northern Cycle!) will almost always be more expensive than buying a Supercycle from Canadian Tire.