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Old 02-23-07, 07:03 AM   #1
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Wow, this is an expensive sport!

I still remember when I thought a $500 bike was "expensive". Now a days I consider that to be an affordable wheelset. Anyway, just wanted to vent for a minute. I have spent about $2400 lately and have very, very little to show for it. This getting ready for season crap sucks!

Cytomax, Hammer Gels, Supplements, etc - $300
A couple of chains, some rotors, crankset, cleats, etc - $650
Wheelset from Mike Garcia - $450
Tires (2 sets mtb, 2 sets road) - $400
Team kit - $200
Shoes (mtb and road) - $300
USAC license - $60
MTB license - $25
Club memberships - $40

Anyone else go through this at this time of the year? Just about all of these things are required yearly, it's hard to believe how expensive this sport can be at times. Glad I'm not figuring in travel, hotes, and race fees!
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Old 02-23-07, 07:23 AM   #2
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Should be gald you're not running a F-1 team. Have you priced tires or brake pads for those lately?
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Cytomax, Hammer Gels, Supplements, etc - $300
What the crap are you spending $300 on gu and supplements for? Yikes!
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What the crap are you spending $300 on gu and supplements for? Yikes!
Three cytomax - $47 each - $141
Four hammer gels - $19 each - $76
NOW Glycosamine - $22
EP-NO 6 month supply - $135

Total - $374

Guess I under estimated it.
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I haven't even begun pricing stuff out. My season is still 2 months out. But yes, once I start its going to get expensive, especially since I need new body armour
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I still remember when I thought a $500 bike was "expensive".
My **ex-wife** thought I was crazy to spend ~$275 on a Schwinn LeTour in 1985. Just one of the many reasons she is my **ex**.

My present wife bought my Litespeed for me in 2001. Just one of the many reasons she's still my wife.
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MTB license - $25
Wow, I never knew there is a licence for MTB?

Anyway my mom say that she should have never encouraged me in MTB and should let me stay in Archery because she say, earlier she thought MTB is cheaper then Archery(im good at it but I got bored) but now, Archery is cheaper then MTB.

Its amazing how hobby sports tend to get expensive. Furthermore you are practically spending tons of money on pieces of metals, carbons and also food that doesnt make your stomach full.

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I coulda bought a custom made frame for what you spend getting ready for the season. I don't race so I don't incur the same expenses.
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Wow, I never knew there is a licence for MTB?
If you are racing in a series then it is required to be a member to qualify for overall standings. For me it is WVMBA (West Virginia Mountain Bike Association). You can buy one day license / memberships but that adds up after a while. If you race larger mountain bike races such as NORBA the USAC mtb license is $60, but it is only $30 if you are already a USAC member with a road license.
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i spend way more than that on supplements ... it is part of the deal, however.

it is expensive for sure.
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i spend way more than that on supplements ... it is part of the deal, however.

it is expensive for sure.
Yup adds up. Luckily the only two supplements I take right now are the EP-no and the Glucosamine. I just wish the cytomax and gels lasted longer than a month or two.
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It only get as expensive as you let it get.

Not all of that stuff you have on there was absolute essential, you are blaming one sport for your own vanity needs.

Good luck in the races.
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It only get as expensive as you let it get.

Not all of that stuff you have on there was absolute essential, you are blaming one sport for your own vanity needs.

Good luck in the races.
Okay, other than the wheelset and crank what exactly wasn't needed?
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I think it all depends on how deep into it you get like any sport. But on the other hand the benefits of riding far outweigh the negative in my book.
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Doesn't have to be expensive. Some choose to make it that way, but it doesn't have to be.
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Okay, other than the wheelset and crank what exactly wasn't needed?
Everything, unless you've been forced to be a bike racer?

For the record, so far prepping for next season cost me 150$.
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Everything, unless you've been forced to be a bike racer?
I have been forced, it's the only way I keep my sanity. Otherwise I would be quitting my job, getting a divorce, and seeing a shrink on a regular basis.

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For the record, so far prepping for next season cost me 150$.
You're a better man than me then. I can't even get a season worth of chains (for my five bikes) that cheap.
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whaddya doin spending $50 per tire? and do you REALLY need new shoes? And that new crankset isn't really going to give you an extra 15 watts, is it?


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Seems like a very cheap price to pay in comparison then.
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whaddya doin spending $50 per tire? and do you REALLY need new shoes? And that new crankset isn't really going to give you an extra 15 watts, is it?


we all gotta have our loves....

Actually I have to post retail prices, I can't post the prices I get through sponsors. As for the shoes I am getting a lot of pain in my feet with SIDI's lately, figured I should try another brand. As for the crank I have put up with my FSA being out of true for going on three years now, I'm tired of my front derailleur rubbing the chain in just about every gear. I finally broke down and bought a Campy Chorus UltraTorque crankset.
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Seems like a very cheap price to pay in comparison then.
Absolutely!
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I am getting a lot of pain in my feet with SIDI's lately, figured I should try another brand.
Just wondering, how old are those SIDI's? Perhaps their sole have flattened out if you used them a lot. I would have tried some new sole in them (Love Specialized's BG soles!) before I broke down and bought a new pair of shoes myself.
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This sport is healthy and you are good at it, LowCel. This is what you are into and if you were married to me, I'd rather have you spend as much as you need on this rather than booze, drugs and hanging out at strip joints.

You work hard for what you have and deserve it. I know that you aren't really complaining but merely realizing the cost of this sport - but for those who judge what you buy and why, don't realize that there are some of us who are happy you are doing this and not something that doesn't benefit you in a healthy way.
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Just wondering, how old are those SIDI's? Perhaps their sole have flattened out if you used them a lot. I would have tried some new sole in them (Love Specialized's BG soles!) before I broke down and bought a new pair of shoes myself.
Both pairs are one season old. I am on my second set of insoles on my road shoes (one pair sidi's, one pair specialized body geometry), didn't really make much of a difference. On the mountain shoes the tread on the front of the shoes are just about completely wore down. I wasn't planning on buying shoes just yet but when I saw the prices that Performance is selling their shoes for right now I just couldn't wait. Not only are they selling them dirt cheap they also have an additional 10% off!

Actually I'm not really complaining at all. This is all justifiable to me, I just didn't realize exactly how much I had spent until I took a minute to add it up.
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