The shopping buzz can be just as good with new bike clothing as it can with a new pair of shoes or a new tablet.
This evening I purchased a windproof water repellent jacket. Such a mundane sounding thing and why should you care? Well, it opened up a world of possibilities and got me excited about where I could cycle to when wearing this new clothing.
My usual combination of a thermal base layer with a micro fleece was never that satisfying against the coldest weather, so I had been thinking about a replacement for a while. I have always wanted to extend my cycling season into the chillier months, but have never quite made it because whenever I head out I always get too cold.
As I made my way home from the bike shop clutching my purchase I had a big grin on my face. This clothing was going to allow me to start my cycling trips earlier in the year and finish them later in the year because it would keep me comfy. I would be able to explore more of Scotland each year. I started to picture myself riding through glens, forests and past mountains whilst feeling warm in my new wind stopper and not caring if it was windy or cold.
I certainly got a shopping buzz today because my purchase had me dreaming of the adventure and exploring that lay ahead.
My name is Colin Baird and I want to see all of Scotland by bicycle.