Splurge when I can: tires, helmet, tubes, shorts/knickers/pants, summer wicking tops, base layers, have the LBS work on my bikes when I'm out of my comfort zone.
Save: I sew my cool weather tops out of cotton jersey. I don't sweat as much this time of year, so I can make this work. Also made a hi-vis hooded fleece jacket w/reflective accents. Incorporated a lot of features that were lacking on the pricier duds. Saved a ton of cash, can customize the fit to my bod, and still look decent.
On the To-Do List: handlebar pogies, wool shoe covers and helmet ear muffs (all from thrift store felted sweaters); recover an old CL In-Step trailer w/blaze orange fleece and build a new floor to haul cargo.
Sure, my home-sewn stuff isn't quite as good as a $120 Pearl Izumi jacket, but it does the job and my budget is happy.
Go to Yosemite. It's incredible!
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