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Old 08-17-13, 05:55 AM   #26
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Priorities and budgeting.

Many moons ago I was working on a large out of town construction crew. There was a really nice backpacking store in town that was going out of business and marking things down. Every pay day I would go an buy something that had been marked down. The other guys on the crew thought I was nuts for paying $50 for a back packing stove or other gadget. They would routinely go to the topless bars and blow a $100 a week. I still have most of my backpacking stuff... what do they have to show for the money they spent?

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It's a matter of deciding that you're going have a bike and maintain it at some level of functioning. Once you decide, you just fit it in. On paper, a lot of people can't afford to have children. After the kids are here, they decide; We'll work it in somehow. And they do. Mostly by improving their budgeting. bk
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If you try that in a place that isn't naturally a desert, after a year, you end up with a lawn that's half weeds and half rocks.
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They would routinely go to the topless bars and blow a $100 a week. I still have most of my backpacking stuff... what do they have to show for the money they spent?

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Old 08-17-13, 09:41 AM   #29
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So a friend of mine asked yesterday how I can possibly afford all my expensive cycling equipment. We had just finished eating and we were standing outside next to his almost new $25,000 Honda. I said it's all about priorities. Then I walked over to my 20 year old Honda Civic, which I picked up 6 years ago for $2000 cash. I've had to do a few minor repairs in that time, and I do them myself when I can, with parts from the local salvage yard if they're significantly cheaper than new parts.

If I were to add up the cost of all my cycling equipment, I doubt it would exceed $6000. So car plus cycling gear -> $2000 + $6000 = $8000. That's less than a third of the price of that $25,000 new car.

I tell them it's all about "priorities". I don't think they get it, though.
I beg to differ..

I have 13 bikes, and I am thrilled with them, and I am not anywhere near those 5 figures.. First, I am into C&V whereas, I can pick up a bike for a couple hundred or less, and have it turned into a prize. Ditto for cars. I recall about 10 years ago, I am a sports car freak, I had 4 Madza RX7s, and 2 motorcycles, and my total cost wasn't over $10K.. I was driving a different vehicle everyday, and having fun to the max.. So, it is matter of your taste and style, that will determine the cost..

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Xeriscape. Though when I lived in the desert I had something closer to zeroscape.
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Another desert favorite is astroturf. Just think, your yard could double as a putting green! Charge your golf loving neighbors to come over and practice...means more money for cycling.
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Reminds me of talking with co-workers who said a buddy of mine was nuts for spending $2500 on a really good mountain bike. There was total silence when I pointed out that the annual cost of their pack a day smoking habit was about $4300 or so.
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How about "none of your business".
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How about "none of your business".
My usual response is "Why do you ask?"

How they answer that question determines how I answer their's. Works for lots of things not just bicycle stuff.
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Priorities and budgeting.

Many moons ago I was working on a large out of town construction crew. There was a really nice backpacking store in town that was going out of business and marking things down. Every pay day I would go an buy something that had been marked down. The other guys on the crew thought I was nuts for paying $50 for a back packing stove or other gadget. They would routinely go to the topless bars and blow a $100 a week. I still have most of my backpacking stuff... what do they have to show for the money they spent?

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Even riding custom titanium with Di2, I feel like I'm getting off easy compared to a lot of people around me.
I see expensive golf clubs, fancy cars, private yachts, jewelery fit for a queen, vacation homes, private schools, and the list goes on.
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