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Old 02-24-07, 03:06 AM   #1
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For non mechanics/what do you estimate your annual bike maintenance costs to be.?

You do little more than clean your chains and change flats. Ah, maybe you replace your own flats and put on new tires. What is your closest estimate to what a decent bike repair schedule; would cost you each year for over like three years.
Three years to a cyclists who rides over 5000 miles a year should run into some more than just normal maintance issues. Pretty much , just regular costs might be chain replacement, tune up, maybe some spoke replacement. Over the course of like five year, one might expect hub or bottom backet replacement. I read somewhere, maintenance costs for a bike is like 2.5 cents per mile. ( Don't know if that includes purchase costs) Cars were like 40 cents a mile. I imagine just like cars, it costs more to maintain a Colagno than a Giant , you factor in things like expensive wheel sets, etc.
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It usually costs me about $20 for a full tune up, including truing the wheels, greasing everything that needs grease, and repacking the hubs.
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Its not the cost of maintaining a bike that is a problem- Its the cost of all those bits you have to buy to make riding more enjoyable. A waterprrof top can be basic or it can be a Goretex- New shorts can come out of the sale bin or you can get an 8 panel pair that fit and have a fancy logo on them- Look around and you can get a new pair of tyres on sellout or you can get the latest must have rubber with a kevlar bead that will only work on loose chalk soil that has a certain humidity and temperature.

The cost per mile can be cheap- or it can require an overdraft. It's what you want to make it.
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I am licky to have a friend who is a master wrench. He maintains my bikes for me. However, I plan to learn a few things myself because my toruing will be longer. I can't put him in my back pocket. I do spend money on parts and clothing. I justfy my expenses by not paying a car note. I put my bike expenses under transportation.

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I probably spend around $300 per year on new chains,cassettes, chainwheels, lube, tires, tubes etc. This might be pretty conservative, since i've never added it up.
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wonder on average how many years it takes for more serious issues to come up like replacing bottom brackets. I ride on average something like 6000 t0 8000 miles depending upon tours. Splitting that up among three bikes. Well i'd hope an expensive wheelset would last at least three years. Thats the real killer expense. At least on my race bike.
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The wheel set on my Klein is like $800. That fact occurs to me when I ride my other bikes.
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- i'm in the hole already... a number of tubes, set of cranks, bottom bracket, a set of tires, CR2032s for 'puters, bar tape, drive/brake cable sets, a bottle of ProLink, etc.

- much more than $150 for my 6,000 miles last year...

- but i do my own work and stockpile on sales and coupons... i'm good for a couple years now...
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alot depending on how hard you ride
And how many bikes you own. My annual cost goes up for wife's two bikes, kids' bikes, tandem, folder and fixed.
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if one averages out maintenance costs for five years: things like wheelsets, sealed bearings for the bb, higher end tires for the race bike; I'll bet that annual average expenditure per bike somewhere around $200. That is if you want a well tuned bike.
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