I know we’re in a pandemic with a supply chain that’s caused all kinds of issues but has anyone kind of moved away from cycling as their prime hobby because of the expense of gear (bikes, components, drivetrain consumables, tires), clothing, entry fees, paywalls (yes, I know…but had to throw it in. lol) etc?
I’ve been a rabid cycling fan and cyclist for a long time and feel fortunate enough to have a solid upper middle class income but have found myself over the last 2-3 years moving away from cycling being my primary hobby because of the expense of everything (e.g. big events are now $200 USD and local races are now $60/day).
I’ve moved toward trail running, backcountry skiing, and nordic skiing since their total costs are lower. And also realizing that all of these expensive marginal gainz the companies are pushing are just that…super marginal and you most likely won’t notice them at all on 95% of our outings on the bike, even on race day.
I still ride of course but with the supply chain issues and increasing cost for things even at the “Ultegra” level has me looking at other ways to get out. Anyone else?