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    I'm so cheap a cyclist that...

    A bowl of oatmeal satisfies me better than an energy drink/ energy bar!
    Sometimes when I'm out doing a shopping run, I'll be offered a free sample (cut of pizza, doughnut, cheezywiz thingy)...little do they know that behind every bite is my gasoline!

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    Many folks eat oatmeal before a ride.
    Energy bars and drinks are for energy during or after a "long" ride.
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    Agree, oatmeal would be good around mile 60 in the winter. I don't know how you keep it warm.

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    My love of oatmeal has nothing to do with cycling but it does provide a better fuel.
    $6 of oats from costco lasts me a couple months. Whereas with cereal I eat around $10 worth a week.

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    I recently heard that protein-based recovery drinks are more or less nutritionally equivalent to chocolate milk, so I've been trying chocolate milk as my recovery drink after a ride.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    I recently heard that protein-based recovery drinks are more or less nutritionally equivalent to chocolate milk, so I've been trying chocolate milk as my recovery drink after a ride.
    How about chocolate ice cream?
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    I am so cheap a cyclist that I haunt the automobile parts store for deals!
    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    I recently heard that protein-based recovery drinks are more or less nutritionally equivalent to chocolate milk, so I've been trying chocolate milk as my recovery drink after a ride.
    I recommend not drinking chocolate milk following an evening jaunt; one might stay awake past midnight
    Last edited by Cyclomania; 09-07-11 at 04:44 PM.
    Sometimes when I'm out doing a shopping run, I'll be offered a free sample (cut of pizza, doughnut, cheezywiz thingy)...little do they know that behind every bite is my gasoline!

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    I've ridden the same bike for 33 years?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booger1 View Post
    I ridden the same bike for 33 years?
    Me too! Guilty as charged!
    Sometimes when I'm out doing a shopping run, I'll be offered a free sample (cut of pizza, doughnut, cheezywiz thingy)...little do they know that behind every bite is my gasoline!

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    Skim milk gets sugar into the blood stream quicker than anything else you can ingest. They do make chocolate skim milk, so you might be onto something here.
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    I'm so cheap that....

    I actually eat oatmeal and fruit for breakfast.

    The last two bikes I've bought have been used.

    The age of my bikes is easier to count in decades rather than years.

    My other bikes are nearly worthless now, like me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stonefree View Post
    The last two bikes I've bought have been used.

    Amateur.


    I've got five bikes... one was new, a Christmas present from my wife. The others? I traded for one, giving up a bike I paid $50 for at a pawn shop. Two came from garage sales, and the last came from the city dump.
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    I've never paid to ride my bike.

    I don't have a clown, er, bike outfit!
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    I have 30+ bikes only 3 of them were purchased new by me. One in 2007, one in 1994 and one in 1989.

    I have "rescued" slightly used tires from the LBS dumpster...along with a bunch of other parts

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    I'm the cheapest: I can't afford to eat anything before a ride.

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    I use the $10 "Schwinn" cyclocomputer from Walmart. If it stops working in a time frame I deem unacceptable(which hasn't happened yet), I'll buy a new one and bring back the old one for a refund in the new packaging. Sorry if that doesn't sound right, but (see below)
    Recently did that with one of their Zefal floor pumps. It only lasted 2 months.
    Why do this to Walmart? They screwed me over in a business deal and I plan to eventually get it all back. I would never think of doing this to anyone regularly.

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    You use a cyclocomputer??
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    You use a cyclocomputer??
    +1

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    I don't eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast, but before a long ride, I'll eat a bowl of oatmeal with a tablespoon of peanut butter in it.

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    I'm probably more practical than what you'd consider cheap. It's the economy.

    But, if you looked at my bar tape right now, you'd say I'm cheap. It's looking rather tattered now,...bad enough that I fear cleaning it might be the end of it now. The rest of the bike looks just great, though. Just the tape makes me look like a sketchy character.

    Oh, regarding that tape. It's Lizard Skins DSP, the stuff recommended by the LBS that had it marked above msrp. While comfortable, its longevity has been disappointing. At 2k, it looked sad. Now, at 3300, it looks pathetic. A $38 lesson. But, I'm gonna ride it until I can't stand it any longer. Call me cheap.

    Other....

    9-sp has financial appeal. I'll be putting my new 10-sp components up for sale.

    Long rides call for fig bars, bananas, and dates. I've only once bought any food on any one-day ride.

    I still ride a pair of SPD shoes with near 25k miles on them. Same cleats, too. How many road cleats would I have replaced by now?

    I carry a mini-pump. CO2 adds up over time.

    I'll patch at tube until it can't be patched anymore. I patch on the road, and I've only installed a new tube on the road on one occasion (valve broke).

    Sheesh, maybe I am cheap.

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    You must have feet made of steel. My poor feet would be killing me in old shoes.

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    I'm so cheap I use empty Gatorade bottles for water bottles. They fit nicely in the cages and let you take a good gulp instead of a squirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertdork View Post
    I'm probably more practical than what you'd consider cheap. It's the economy.

    But, if you looked at my bar tape right now, you'd say I'm cheap. It's looking rather tattered now,...bad enough that I fear cleaning it might be the end of it now. The rest of the bike looks just great, though. Just the tape makes me look like a sketchy character.

    Oh, regarding that tape. It's Lizard Skins DSP, the stuff recommended by the LBS that had it marked above msrp. While comfortable, its longevity has been disappointing. At 2k, it looked sad. Now, at 3300, it looks pathetic. A $38 lesson. But, I'm gonna ride it until I can't stand it any longer. Call me cheap.

    Other....

    9-sp has financial appeal. I'll be putting my new 10-sp components up for sale.

    Long rides call for fig bars, bananas, and dates. I've only once bought any food on any one-day ride.

    I still ride a pair of SPD shoes with near 25k miles on them. Same cleats, too. How many road cleats would I have replaced by now?

    I carry a mini-pump. CO2 adds up over time.

    I'll patch at tube until it can't be patched anymore. I patch on the road, and I've only installed a new tube on the road on one occasion (valve broke).

    Sheesh, maybe I am cheap.
    Don't own any 9 speed rears, 5, 6 and 7 are as far as I will go. Also have several Sturmey Archer 3 speeds, newest one is almost 40 years old.
    I use cloth tape that lasts for years and only costs $4 a roll if that. I may try hockey stick tape next go around, I can get it for free. Don't use special shoes, ride in indoor soccer shoes that I bought at the thrift store for $3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbiker View Post
    I've never paid to ride my bike.
    I don't have a clown, er, bike outfit!
    Why would you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
    You must have feet made of steel. My poor feet would be killing me in old shoes.
    That's the problem: my feet aren't killing me. I've had my eyes on a sweet new pair, but other needs have come first. If my feet did more than ache momentarily at the end of a long ride, a new pair would be priority one. I don't want to damage my feet, though, so I might be pressing my luck.

    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    Don't own any 9 speed rears, 5, 6 and 7 are as far as I will go. Also have several Sturmey Archer 3 speeds, newest one is almost 40 years old.
    I use cloth tape that lasts for years and only costs $4 a roll if that. I may try hockey stick tape next go around, I can get it for free. Don't use special shoes, ride in indoor soccer shoes that I bought at the thrift store for $3.

    Aaron
    I've ridden with cloth tape quite a bit. In general, I do like it. As I no longer wear gloves year 'round (only for the couple cool months), I've opted for tapes with padding.

    Quote Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
    Why would you?
    I think the gbiker is referring to "paid entry rides"...aka charity rides.

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