So I do have some tips on how to be less expensive if you do want to take up cycling. The number one thing is to find a sport that does not come with the added costs of wearing a fancy outfit and going to the gym.
If that is not an option, there is another way to get a frugal cycling experience in London. The gym bike (find a wide range of gym bikes on Amazon, get Amazon.ae deals of up to 70% on ShopCash)
Start with the bike in the gym and use the facilities. Then you can upgrade to another bike which is often much cheaper. By doing this you can keep the gym bike for this gym routine and it will pay for itself in a couple of weeks.
Whilst cycling can be a good way to stay fit and healthy, it can also be a cheap sport. Like any sport, make sure that you have the equipment you need before you get started.
Making cycling frugal
This article was inspired by fellow blogger Claire Walden who has done some really great posts on cycling tips. These are some of the tips she came up with:
Buy cheap cycling clothing. This is a real money saver if you only go cycling a couple of times per month. It means that your cycling clothing needs do not need to be so expensive. Some cycling clothing is more expensive, but is necessary if you do want to go out and cycle around a huge city on a regular basis. I use cheap cycling clothing, but I like to be as frugal as possible.
Start cycling for longer trips. I prefer to cycle in a frugal way. This means I will only cycle for an hour at a time or perhaps only 10-15 minutes. This will make it much more likely that you will stick with cycling for more than a couple of weeks. Also this way, your cycling expenses will not be so high when you come to buying new cycling equipment.
Plan your route in advance. If you go cycling regularly, you can plan your route out ahead of time. It is a great way to make cycling frugal and will save you the expense of paying a taxi or cycling club bus to travel between places that you already know. This also means that if you need to make a quick trip, you can plan in the gaps. This saves you time but will be a money saving adventure all in one.
Make sure that you have the proper equipment. This includes cycling clothes, helmets, bikes and even trainers. You can save a lot of money if you cycle in the correct way. Your cycling kit will not come cheap, so make sure that you spend your money on the things that are really important to you.
Go on a road trip. Go on a long journey with your bike and see as much of a city as you can. You can make cycling much frugal. I have done this a few times. You can plan your route ahead and cycle for a few hours before you come to a city you know well.
Leisure cycling. Make cycling as much of a relaxing hobby as you can. This will be a way to keep cycling alive and active. I do this when I have time.
Do not be too frugal. Cycling can be a bit expensive if you only do it for short journeys. If you are planning to go on a regular basis, then make sure that it is something that you can commit to.