To me cycling specific stuff is hideous or expensive or often both
Sure, I get that it’s a hobby, and it’s not about the cost overall, but this was your opening post, Like you I look at the price of clothes (that I’d actually buy) and I think they’re expensive, and when I read what you’ve gone through to get 1 shirt you like, I’m now thinking; hey, these clothes, they’re not that expensive after all…I wondered if the process you’ve been through as made you rethink about what’s available on the “high street”, and it’s cost to you.
I tried it once, wanted a very specific type of bag/rucksack type thing for longer trail runs and had an idea for what I wanted. I made the pattern myself, bought the materials from Pennine and was trying to make it with a borrowed sewing machine, but… Sewing lightweight ripstop is really difficult.
I think I tried twice, went through all my material and then found out that Decathlon did something similar that was marginally smaller, slightly less functional, but cheaper than I had been expecting.
I wondered if the process you’ve been through as made you rethink about what’s available on the “high street”, and it’s cost to you.
I get your point but what i really meant was “expensive and still not what I want” But yes – aldi shirts do look cheap and rapha reasonable in the light of the cost so far. Hopefully tho the end results will be better suited to what i want.