"Cycling is the new golf" "Fives on the roof of an Audi" etc, etc...
Hooray for people with money, especially those who "don't really understand peoples thinking" in not having as much disposable income as themselves. I'm sure you are warm empathetic types, I'd love to buy you a pint and hear all about how I should be pissing more money away on my pastimes...
Nice bit of reverse prejudice there in your rush to miss the point.
Firstly, so what if some bloke who's lucky enough to have a nice Audi, chooses to stick an Orange on the roof? I'm sure he rides it and to coin a phrase STW loves so much 'it's all riding, isn't it?'.
My OP has nothing to do with having more money than anyone else, it's about buying quality cycling equipment and then getting in a lather when some cheap tat becomes available to accessorise it with.
I'm sure 99% of STW'ers have quality machinery in the form of their bikes, whether it cost £5000, or £500 from the classifieds. I just don't understand the excitement whenever Lidl has an offer on - half of the time it's complete tat. I saw some winter gloves advertised and mentioned on here when it was cold - as one of the major contact points on a bike, they looked frankly awful.
About a saddle bag containing tools....
The toolkit in the saddle bag is indeed made of cheese. The patches only have a 50/50 chance of staying where they are put.
The bike stand - holds a bike, but I've read it struggles to keep it secure, the clamp needs considerable force and it feels like it will shatter into a thousand pieces.
I rarely pay RRP for stuff and agree, some expensive stuff can be crap too - shorts being the major thing I've had trouble with. My bike, as nice as it may be, was paid for years ago on the tick, had around a grand knocked off and is now 6 years old just for the record. I'll happily buy from TK Maxx, but it has to be something worth buying. I love a bargain as much as anyone.
I'll pass on the pint though, I prefer Peroni to Fosters