I always see this bicycle parked near our office building and honestly I have high praise to the person who ride this. That guy ride his bike even if the handlebar is just a piece of wood. Compared to other people that buy a lot of things that are not necessary ‘yet’ when they start a hobby, sport or activity. Note, I said ‘yet’.
For example, a person that signed-up for a gym membership; starts buying sporty clothes, latest model of rubber shoes, arm straps, support belt, shoe bag, water bottle, compression shorts, supplements and the list goes on. Some of these are probably necessary but honestly you can just workout using any plain, old, comfortable clothes that you already have. Ninety-nine point nine percent of those gym members already have some old lycra shirt and rubber shoes. So why buy new ones? --- Because they think that buying new things related to their activity will make them motivated. But when they realized that they have to put extra work to this new activity, they give up. They stop.
The same thing applies with cycling. If you’re just an ordinary bicycle commuter why do you need to buy the fastest gear, expensive panniers, carbon parts etc.? Don’t get me wrong, if you have the money then go for it. But for majority of people that are average earner why bother with unnecessary upgrades and gadgets. It’s not about the gadgets that you put into your toy. The important thing is if you were able to attain your goal: TO COMMUTE by BICYCLE.
Do it. Commit to it. Then you can reward yourself...later.