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    Senior Member Falchoon's Avatar
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    How much have you spent?

    On bikes and associate bike gear this year?

    New MTB $850
    New Roadie $1650
    SPD Pedals $80
    SPD shoes $100
    Rack and panniers $150
    Bar bag $50
    Bum bag $55
    Tubes $75
    Tyres $100
    Bike computer $80
    Bike clothing $260
    Chain lube $50

    Total $3500! (This is Aussie $$, double it for US$ or triple it for British £)

    Take out the new bikes and it looks a lot better, *only* $1000!

    Edit: Forgot to add membership to local bike club and magazine subscriptions - add another $80
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    Over $5K US. Accck. Scary. And I'm planning on buying and building a new bike from scratch next year. Thinking of a Seven frame... I'm sure I'll spend just as much next year.

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    I DON'T WANT TO KNOW!!! Atleast how much I spent...

    I built up my second road bike, full carbon I love it!!! I needed a weekend bike.. Since I got a divorce I don't have to justify the money now

    Building up a mtb right now, hopefuly be done in next few weeks..

    I realize I could buy a bike for less money then I spent building my bikes, but what fun is that? I enjoy putting them together, and the full fillment I get just riding a bike I put together for the first time.

    I would estimate this year I spent ALOT!

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    ummm.I better not say my wife may read this

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    Bike Servicing £75
    Tyres £45
    Tubes £21
    2nd Hand Bike £90
    SPD Pedals £25
    Lights £50
    Clothing ~ £60

    Total £366

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    Hmmm, Lets see...

    Bikes (2) -------$225
    Tires (4) -------$100
    Lights (2)-------$30
    SPD Pedals -----$0
    Shoes(2) -------$60
    Misc Stuff-------$100
    Sold old POS ----$-100
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    Total------------$415

    Getting off my lazy a$$ and having an incredible ride ---Priceless

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    ~ $4000 US
    Better than wasting it on a car......
    All right partner, keep on rollin' baby, you know what time it is....

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    This is what I remember of the top of my head:

    3 tires (one spare) ..................60
    Bike Overhaul & new BB........140
    New Chain & cogs....................60
    Miscellaneous tools..................20
    3 day group ride.....................300
    Winter Bike clothes.................200
    Lights......................................150
    TOTAL................................$ 1030

    WOW - more than I thought! Of course most of that stuff I will be using more than one year.

    Last year I bought the bike. That means so far, I'm paying almost $1 a mile to ride.

    I gota ride more and spend less!
    It's better to cycle through life than to drive by it.

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    (actually 1 and ½ years – For 1 year total just subtract 1 bike and 1 build)
    2 new bikes
    3 new frames
    3 bike groupo’s
    coach
    fluid trainer
    hid light
    dietary supplements – Cytomax, clif bars, clif shots etc
    biking clothes
    race fee’s
    hotels
    gas
    meals at races
    tools
    misc – tubes, tires, lubes, worn derailleurs, misc worn parts etc

    Well into the 5 figure range.
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    Originally posted by Falchoon
    On bikes and associate bike gear this year?



    Total $3500! (This is Aussie $$, double it for US$ or triple it for British £)

    If that is Aussie $$ wouldn’t we half it and third it for other currency’s?
    MtbPhreek

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    That is a good start but you have a ways to go before you catch me ...

    I have no idea of the totals but I've owned more than 20 bikes that retailed over $1000 US.

    My current stable of steeds includes a custom TET frame w/Dura Ace, a Gunnar Tire Biter w/ Ultegra, a TREK 2300 with Ultegra, a Cannondale CAD 3 with Dura Ace, a John Waite custom Track bike with Campy record and Mavic components, a Cannondale Tandem, and I have 4 mountain bikes (a racer, a mudder, a single speed, and a touring conversion).

    Throw in clothing (dozens of shorts, jerseys, several helmets, shoes ..) and worn out components (I have a bucket full of old chains), Travel, entry fees, racing licenses,

    Even though I spend an embarrassing percentage of my income on cycling feel I've gotten a great return on the investment.

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    I prefer to think of it as money INVESTED, if you please. After all I am a commuter first and figure my 22 mile round trip commute saves me $10 per day, every day. This year I have probably spent $1000, mostly on elective stuff, like BikeForums and other club jerseys, inexpensive bike shoes for commuting, odd parts and accessories for commuting.

    Kev, I'm with you. It's a lot more fun to build up a bike even if it costs more. Future buildups should cost me too much since I have so many parts I can re-use! See, it's an INVESTMENT!
    If it ain't broke, mess with it anyway!

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    Fortunately I don't keep an exact track as it would probably scare me

    Richard
    Currently riding an MTB with a split personality - commuting, touring, riding for the sake of riding, on or off road :)

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    Not sure if this is everything, but here's what I remember. All US dollars.

    Bicycling organizations (SBL, ABC, LAB) -- $110
    Clothing -- $350
    Shoes -- $160
    Computers -- $75
    Tires and tubes -- $150
    Lube, cleaner, etc -- $50
    Bike shop repairs -- $40
    Bike parts -- $170
    Tools -- $100
    Bike carrier -- $100
    Trainer -- $230

    I hope my wife doesn't find out about this.
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    NR Digital Pro 32W Light System - $400
    NR Tailight - $50
    Panniers and Rack - $120
    Reflector Stuff - $10
    Clothing - $200
    Misc - $30
    Tires/Tubes - $80
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    Difficult to say without a comprehensive statement from the bike shop.

    Usually, I just use the spare cash in the checking account on each visit to the LBS. I think it adds up to a bunch though.
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    Yeesshhh!!! I just sat down and added everything up. I can't even say how much because people have killed for much less. Basically started from scratch in December/January, so I bought at least one of everything. The Readers Digest condensed version includes the following items.

    New road bike for me.
    Same for my wife.
    Clothes for every season.
    Raingear.
    Tools.
    Racks.
    Bags.
    Summer shoes
    Winter shoes
    Lights
    Locks
    Computers
    Pedals
    Sunglasses
    Parts to resurrect two old bikes

    The sad thing is that there are still things I need/want.

    Panniers for commuter bike
    Winter tights
    One more winter jersey

    I think that if I failed to place an order with Performance for two months, they would call to make sure I was OK.

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    Unfortunately, I'm not a commuter so I can't say that the $ spent is a savings over the auto.

    However I do see it as an investment in my health (70 lbs lighter and lower blood pressure). I guess that it is still much cheaper than a gym membership – which I would not attend anyway – I don’t have that kind of discipline.
    It's better to cycle through life than to drive by it.

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    I don't think I should post my total, Dan might notice it. I put 9 months between the last 2 bikes so it wouldn't be quite so obvious that I need a 12 step program.

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    12 step program now their is a idea.. I'm just finishing my mountain bike.. now thinking of a cross.. maybe unicycle then?

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    Let's see....

    Jerseys: short sleeved, long sleeves and sleeveless
    Shorts
    Tights
    Socks
    Shoes

    And since I've lost weight this season, everything except socks and shoes are in three different sizes!

    New freewheel
    New stem
    New chain
    Lots of degreaser

    Ok, I'm back on my (2) bikes after a 7 year hiatus (of laziness and sloth). When I hit a certain age milestone, I realized that I'd never be in better shape than I am now (which isn't what I'd call great, being "horizontally challenged"), so I'd do something about it.

    So, all told, probably $700-800. That certainly isn't as much as it could have been, but since I've been unemployed for over a year, in my anemic checkbook, it's quite a lot! The only good thing about unemployment - I've got lots of riding time!

    Oh, and Kev.. I've got a unicycle in the garage that's been ridden about 10 minutes, if you're interested!

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    Yep, it's an investment... in a better life
    MTB (single) $2800
    MTB (tandem) $4000
    Single bents (4 of them) $4500
    Tandem bent $4000
    Bike trailer $400
    Rack and panniers $1000
    Tubes Who knows!
    Tires Same ????????
    Bike computer Dont use them
    Bike clothing Lost count.........
    The list gose on and on and on.......
    Camping gear, tools, parts etc etc etc.

    Yes, I've spent lots on the bikes, and I drive a cheap Korean car... My car gets me from point A to B and back when it has to, my car is not an extention of myself. I always get a chuckle from people who say "You paid HOW MUCH FOR A BIKE!?!" Shaking there head as they climb into there $50,000 car. To each there own I guess...

    "Honney I'm going to the bike shop! I won't be long, I only have $500....
    Bentbaggerlen
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    about $3,000, but I built a road bike & mountan bike up from scracth, and had to buy the clothing, shoes, helmet and gloves to get started into the sport (as this is my first year.) I also was albe to retro fit an old road bike as a commuter, so it's not too shabby for 3k
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    Originally posted by The Toninator

    If that is Aussie $$ wouldn’t we half it and third it for other currency’s?
    Oops! You are correct. I must of been out riding in the hot sun too long...
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    Originally posted by redfox
    ummm.I better not say my wife may read this

    I can hear you on that
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