So - I have my bike, a kickstand on the way in the mail and a bike rack - and yes, even a bike lock.
However, I still can't really ride my bike because I have to get the rest of the required gear to get up and moving on my two new wheels. Some of the items on my shopping list for tomorrow morning are:
padded bike shorts
gel-seat upgrade (a highly recommended option)
water bottle and holder
basic cyclist tool kit
bicycle computer (preferably with GPS)
ReuniteIt Bicycle Security by Lojack (http://www.reuniteit.com/bicycle-security.aspx)
Amazing isn't it? A simple, innocent childhood past time is now a major production - and major outlay of cash.
However, if this was JUST about raising the money for the charitable organization(s); it would have been much cheaper and easier to give them hard cold cash - but isn't that always the case?