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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

View Poll Results: What do you spend on maintenance?
$0 - $50 13 24.07%
$50 - $100 15 27.78%
$100 - $150 10 18.52%
$150 - $200 9 16.67%
More then $200 7 12.96%
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Old 05-24-08, 07:51 PM   #1
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Maintenance Costs

Okay, here is a question for a Saturday night....

How much do you spend on bike maintenance, on average per year, per bike?

Exclude adding new items that were not there before, for example if you add fenders to a bike that doesn't have them, then exclude them, if you replace a fender because you crashed and broke it, then you would include it.

Maintenance, you mean I need to maintain it?
$0 - $50
$50 - $100
$100 - $150
$150 - $200
More then $200

Maybe Tom will turn this into a poll....
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Old 05-24-08, 08:03 PM   #2
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Last year I spent:
Trek FX: Definitely more than $200
Hardrock Sport: $0-50 (closer to $0)

This year:
Trek FX: $0
Hardrock Sport: $100-150 (new crank/BB which was half my fault, drove these costs way up)
Surly LHT: $0 so far
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Old 05-24-08, 08:04 PM   #3
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Done, poll added.

I'm in the $150-$200 category, as I do a lot of my own maintenance.
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Old 05-24-08, 08:27 PM   #4
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I'm in 0-$50. I've just started to bicycle July of last year and have only had to replace pedals and tire tubes. I suspect this year's maintanance bills to be higher since my bike is older and I bought a junker at a garage sale that I plan to work on to use as a commuter bike.
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Old 05-24-08, 09:04 PM   #5
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probably averages about $200 a year.
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Old 05-24-08, 09:27 PM   #6
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Well over $200/year. To borrow the words of John Schubert: "My weight has more metal bending karma then other peoples' weight."
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Old 05-24-08, 11:18 PM   #7
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Only used bikes are in my budget, so-
My first year is always more, since I basically go through the bike and replace/grease all the bearings (except head set), replace the chain and other misc. items like cables if needed.
Usually the bike will have knobby tires which get replaced, but that's more of an upgrade.
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Old 05-24-08, 11:33 PM   #8
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Lube-$4
Tires-$40
patch kit-$3
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Old 05-25-08, 01:28 AM   #9
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50 - 100 for 2 80's roadbikes.
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Old 05-25-08, 03:47 AM   #10
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Wow,

Just a chain replacement on my Recumbent can set me back $50-100 depending on chain quality. I do all of my own stuff and I am ANAL about keeping the bikes clean, lubed and ready to ride.
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Maintenance? I don't do maintenance.

I just wait until stuff breaks.

'Cept I don't do no repairs neither.

I usually buy something better to replace the broken part.

So I just do upgrades.

You don't want to know what I spend on upgrades per year.

Heck, even I'm scared to look at the number.
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Of course, you must be excluding basics such as tires and chains? Those alone easily come to 50 bucks. Excluding tires, chains; I easily spend 50 bucks per bike. I think that is inadequate to get ahead of long term maintenance needs. So some future year, I will have to play catch up. / But, with four bikes I will have an alternative bike when a bike becomes inoperable for a day or two.
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Old 05-25-08, 05:27 AM   #13
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I'm not sure how to answer this either...I spent zero on my waliworld/kmart/target Schwinn in two years of riding - I just rode 'er hard and put 'er up wet...no wonder the BB creaks and the chain groans. Two months ago I bought a Trek 7300 which hasn't yet needed anything other than the 100 mile routine service. LBS offers five years of unlimited "free" tune ups for $60, so it will be going back...
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mtb: $75ish (chain & cassette)
Folding bike: $120 for some repairs
Roadie: Oh crap do I have to count?! Probably over $200.
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I'm just guessing, but chains, lube, cleaner, pads, etc. all add up after a while. Since I commute around 7K miles/year on a recumbent (2.5 chains/replacement), I'm guessing around a C note or so a year.
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fuji - $100 tires/year
monty trial - $200 tires, misc parts/year
cannondale - $100 /year misc parts
Norco- 300-500 /year misc parts
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Most of my $ goes toward tools to work on my bikes. I love learning what makes them tick.
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LBS offers five years of unlimited "free" tune ups for $60, so it will be going back...
Do you mean you spent $60.00 up front for 5 years of unlimited tune ups? Or you get 5 years of "free" tune ups for $60.00? The former is not bad I suppose, but the latter does not make sense to me!

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Usually less than 50 for tuneups.
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At first, I thought you had to re-do the poll options. I easily exceed $200 a year. Probably $100 in tires alone! Another $60+ in chains. $40+ in cleaner/lube. $10-20 in tubes. Not to mention clothing. I rarely take it to the LBS for service (maybe the occasional broken piece).

But then I see that only 2 people have checked it off. Am I just a weirdo?
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I usually spend about $100 or so replacing the chain, cassette and bar tape.
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$50-100 on Average = a new chain yearly and a new cassette every second year.
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Probably $50-100. I do all my own work (was a mechanic for 5 years) and primarily ride a single speed bike with tires that don't like to die. I just picked up a Surly stainless chainring and already have a white industries stainless cog on the back, so I'm thinking that'll last for a while so just a new chain once in a while and tires every couple of years and I should be good to go!
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$50 on chains (2x yearly)
$40 on brake pads (2x yearly)
$10 on degreaser (buy cheap, all purpose citrus cleaner at grocery store)
$70 on tires
$10 on different lubes (Finish Line Wet and Dry for rainy vs. not)
~$180
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