Bike Forums

Bike Forums (
-   Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) (
-   -   Maintenance Costs (

Wogster 05-24-08 07:51 PM

Maintenance Costs
Okay, here is a question for a Saturday night....

How much do you spend on bike maintenance, on average per year, per bike?

Exclude adding new items that were not there before, for example if you add fenders to a bike that doesn't have them, then exclude them, if you replace a fender because you crashed and broke it, then you would include it.

Maintenance, you mean I need to maintain it? :eek:
$0 - $50
$50 - $100
$100 - $150
$150 - $200
More then $200

Maybe Tom will turn this into a poll....

bdinger 05-24-08 08:03 PM

Last year I spent:
Trek FX: Definitely more than $200 :(
Hardrock Sport: $0-50 (closer to $0)

This year:
Trek FX: $0
Hardrock Sport: $100-150 (new crank/BB which was half my fault, drove these costs way up)
Surly LHT: $0 so far

Tom Stormcrowe 05-24-08 08:04 PM

Done, poll added. :D

I'm in the $150-$200 category, as I do a lot of my own maintenance.

Big_e 05-24-08 08:27 PM

I'm in 0-$50. I've just started to bicycle July of last year and have only had to replace pedals and tire tubes. I suspect this year's maintanance bills to be higher since my bike is older and I bought a junker at a garage sale that I plan to work on to use as a commuter bike.

goldfishin 05-24-08 09:04 PM

probably averages about $200 a year.

ken cummings 05-24-08 09:27 PM

Well over $200/year. To borrow the words of John Schubert: "My weight has more metal bending karma then other peoples' weight."

Bill Kapaun 05-24-08 11:18 PM

Only used bikes are in my budget, so-
My first year is always more, since I basically go through the bike and replace/grease all the bearings (except head set), replace the chain and other misc. items like cables if needed.
Usually the bike will have knobby tires which get replaced, but that's more of an upgrade.

Mr. Beanz 05-24-08 11:33 PM

patch kit-$3

dahoss2002 05-25-08 01:28 AM

50 - 100 for 2 80's roadbikes.

ang1sgt 05-25-08 03:47 AM


Just a chain replacement on my Recumbent can set me back $50-100 depending on chain quality. I do all of my own stuff and I am ANAL about keeping the bikes clean, lubed and ready to ride.

Askel 05-25-08 03:52 AM

Maintenance? I don't do maintenance.

I just wait until stuff breaks.

'Cept I don't do no repairs neither.

I usually buy something better to replace the broken part.

So I just do upgrades.

You don't want to know what I spend on upgrades per year.

Heck, even I'm scared to look at the number. :D

cyclezealot 05-25-08 04:19 AM

Of course, you must be excluding basics such as tires and chains? Those alone easily come to 50 bucks. Excluding tires, chains; I easily spend 50 bucks per bike. I think that is inadequate to get ahead of long term maintenance needs. So some future year, I will have to play catch up. / But, with four bikes I will have an alternative bike when a bike becomes inoperable for a day or two.

zoste 05-25-08 05:27 AM

I'm not sure how to answer this either...I spent zero on my waliworld/kmart/target Schwinn in two years of riding - I just rode 'er hard and put 'er up wonder the BB creaks and the chain groans. Two months ago I bought a Trek 7300 which hasn't yet needed anything other than the 100 mile routine service. LBS offers five years of unlimited "free" tune ups for $60, so it will be going back...

Air 05-25-08 05:52 AM

mtb: $75ish (chain & cassette)
Folding bike: $120 for some repairs
Roadie: Oh crap do I have to count?! :cry: Probably over $200.

unixpro 05-25-08 10:41 PM

I'm just guessing, but chains, lube, cleaner, pads, etc. all add up after a while. Since I commute around 7K miles/year on a recumbent (2.5 chains/replacement), I'm guessing around a C note or so a year.

Fastflyingasian 05-25-08 11:32 PM

fuji - $100 tires/year
monty trial - $200 tires, misc parts/year
cannondale - $100 /year misc parts
Norco- 300-500 /year misc parts

wayne pattee 05-26-08 04:46 AM

Most of my $ goes toward tools to work on my bikes. I love learning what makes them tick.

back2biking 05-26-08 07:02 AM


Originally Posted by zoste (Post 6756606)
LBS offers five years of unlimited "free" tune ups for $60, so it will be going back...

Do you mean you spent $60.00 up front for 5 years of unlimited tune ups? Or you get 5 years of "free" tune ups for $60.00? The former is not bad I suppose, but the latter does not make sense to me!


bautieri 05-26-08 09:33 AM

Usually less than 50 for tuneups.

mkadam68 05-26-08 03:43 PM

At first, I thought you had to re-do the poll options. I easily exceed $200 a year. Probably $100 in tires alone! Another $60+ in chains. $40+ in cleaner/lube. $10-20 in tubes. Not to mention clothing. I rarely take it to the LBS for service (maybe the occasional broken piece).

But then I see that only 2 people have checked it off. Am I just a weirdo?

v1k1ng1001 05-26-08 04:39 PM

I usually spend about $100 or so replacing the chain, cassette and bar tape.

Luke1511 05-26-08 04:47 PM


Originally Posted by wayne pattee (Post 6761033)
Most of my $ goes toward tools to work on my bikes. I love learning what makes them tick.


mjolniir 05-27-08 06:21 AM

$50-100 on Average = a new chain yearly and a new cassette every second year.

BikEthan 05-27-08 01:38 PM

Probably $50-100. I do all my own work (was a mechanic for 5 years) and primarily ride a single speed bike with tires that don't like to die. I just picked up a Surly stainless chainring and already have a white industries stainless cog on the back, so I'm thinking that'll last for a while so just a new chain once in a while and tires every couple of years and I should be good to go!

CliftonGK1 05-27-08 01:57 PM

$50 on chains (2x yearly)
$40 on brake pads (2x yearly)
$10 on degreaser (buy cheap, all purpose citrus cleaner at grocery store)
$70 on tires
$10 on different lubes (Finish Line Wet and Dry for rainy vs. not)

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:27 AM.