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View Poll Results: What amount of $$$ do you have invested in your primary commuter (total)?
Less than $500.
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$$$ invested in your daily commuter??

Old 08-23-08, 04:33 PM
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$$$ invested in your daily commuter??

Of all the threads I've been reading here on BF, the majority have been in this forum. Spent some time on the "Roadies" forum, but the folks here are more down to earth.

That being said, I thought a poll would be interesting. What amount of money do you have in your daily commuter (or primary bike, if there's more than one)??

I bought a Jamis Allegro a few weeks back. Added a cheap computer, pump and repair kit. I have almost $700 already and plan to add a light and rack(s) soon. 'Til all said and done, I'll have almost $800 in what was a $550 bike.
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Old 08-23-08, 04:49 PM
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I've got a Jamis Coda. $560 for the bike, plus about $160 for helmet, tool kit, floor pump, cable and U-locks (though I only use the latter), and computer (which I don't use any more). I've also got a pair of gloves and a tail light arriving next week, so that's about $25 more, plus a P7 flashlight and charger, batteries, and bike mount that'll hopefully arrive from Hong Kong next month, which is $70 more. So in total, I've dropped about $800 as well.

In retrospect, I could have done without the computer and the cable lock, but maybe they'll come in handy later. I use the helmet and lock each time I ride, so those were well worth it. I used the pump today to get both tires to 100+ PSI, and I used the tool kit a few days ago to remove the front reflector. All in all, not bad. I figure I save about a dollar each time I ride to campus instead of drive, and during the week, I typically ride back and forth twice a day. Factor in the trips to the grocery store, which are a little farther away, and that's a little more in gas savings.
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$100 dollar bike from a co-worker who didn't ride it. Put about $200 bucks into it to personalize it with the Brooks, new stem, bags, rack, mirror etc.
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I hate beaters.

I made my bike to be as maintenance free as possible. I'll keep it for the rest of my life.

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Old 08-23-08, 06:36 PM
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I ride a beater that I've replaced all of the components on. It's technically not an "investment" as I don't expect to get any monetary return out of the component replacements if I were to sell the bike. However for daily riding I find it a good use of the money I've spent as I feel the bike is reliable. I've taken it as far as a 10 mile commute although it's not optimal for those distances.
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Old 08-23-08, 07:08 PM
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I bought my daily commuter... a Trek 520... brand spanking new for $586.

Oh yeah... that was in 1983.
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Old 08-23-08, 07:50 PM
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Giant Cypress. $350 bike, $50 for the rack (bought it at the LBS, they charge through the nose for their accessories), $150 in other random lights, etc, $200 on my HID light (Trailtech), probably another $300 in bits ($150 to convert front wheel to disc brakes last year, $100 in studded tires for the winter, $50 to rebuild the useless rear wheel it came with). $100 for the rain jacket, probably another $100 in clothes (cheap, I use eBay shorts and Alert Shirts). $35 for shoes, $20 for SPD pedals (eBay). $45 for fenders. $80 for the Brooks saddle.

If you count disposable bits, I'm on about my 8th five-dollar chain, 3rd freewheel, 2nd crankset, 2nd bottom bracket, probably 6th set of brake pads, 3rd set of tires (and the Nokian studded tires are at end of life, that's another $130 coming up for Marathon Winters that I'm switching to this year)

So if you really count all the money I've spent on the thing over the last 4 years, it's probably $1500 to $2000. If you count how much is actually rolling down the road on any given day, probably $500 in the summer, $900 in the winter (HID light and jacket add to that).
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$30 pawn shop bike. $1.62 rear rack. $90 Armadillo tires. $70 Kryptonite chain.

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Started off with a free mid-late eighties Specialized Hardrock. Since then replaced everything except the frame, bottom bracket, stem and brakes. I added fenders, rack, basket, bells, dynamo lights, battery blinkies. I was forced to buy a decent lock when I wasn't able to bring my bike into work anymore. I've replaced a couple sets of tires. I'm on my 3rd wheel set: the first set I tacoed the front, bent the axle of the rear; the second set I had spoke breakage issues with the rear wheel - yes, I am a clyde. I splurged a bit on the current set - but have had no problems at all in almost a year.
I think I have spent just under $1000, with the last wheelset being about a third of that.
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Old 08-23-08, 07:58 PM
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$00.99 Helmet.
$6.00 tires.

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Nice Vette.....my bike matches my C5 as well.

Jamis Ventura Elite $860
Bell Slant Helmet $30
Specialized Floor Pump $30
Specialized Sonoma Shoes $80
Shimano A520 SPD Pedals $40
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Far less than 500 bucks. Average cost of bikes in my stable is 20 bucks. Sure, I had to buy some tubes and tires and brake pads, but I consider those things to be a given expense that's required to maintain things.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a Brooks Professional that doubled the cost of the bike I put it on.

Just last week, I bought a new Sunlite handlebar bag. That doubled the cost of the bike I put it on. Last year's light set, the bell from the dollar store, the pannier rack significantly increased the overall cost, but that stuff is transferable from bike to bike over the years as long as they hold up. Oh, I bought a bottle cage to fit on the handlebars of the back-up commuter.

Just tonight, I bought a used pannier rack and Axiom Hunter grocery pannier for a fair price. I'll put the rack on my back-up commuter. Seems I've spent about as much on improvements as I have invested in bikes.

I'm very happy with my finds. I feel really good about keeping the cost low enough that I don't feel guilty about my purchases. So, that's my story.
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Old 08-23-08, 08:34 PM
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$160 Schwinn (Pacific) MTB, helmet, frame pump, spare tube, water bottle and holder, patch kit, hex key set, headlight and tail light. I'd say about just under $200. Even at that price, it will still take me 25 weeks of commuting to recoup the gas cost savings for my 10 mile round trip commute.
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I think I'm up to about $350. I've got a 1996 Trek 700 Multi-track that I got used at a bike shop for a $130, a Brooks Flyer, racks, Nitto stem and Albatross bars, fenders and a rack and bags.

So, really, I guess I'm talking about 10 trips to the gas pump or ~ 4 months of gas. Not bad at all, really.
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Old 08-23-08, 09:34 PM
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Under $100 - '77 Schwinn Le Tour II dumpster find w/ new tires, tubes, bar tape, brake pads ($50 worth of parts) and a saddle, pedals, bottle cage, rack and rack bag from stuff laying around.
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Depends on which bike.

Runs the range from the Specialized Stumpjumper that I then laced up some 700c rims to XT hubs for a disc "hybrid" back before there was such a thing and that cost around $2400 in total. By far the most money I've every spent on any bike by at least $800. But it's got an XTR rear derr so I guess it's not a bad deal.......

At the other end of the spectrum are a couple of old Norco bikes. One an early road bike set up as a single speed. Total investment around $150 if you don't count the Brooks saddle on it at the moment. THe other a Norco Rampage MTB in Tange Ultimate tubing that I have around $250 invested. The other couple that see commuting duty are in the middle.

Oops, almost forget the new addtion. $650 for a Redline 925 single speed. It was supposed to replace the aging and starting to rust Norco SS. But the Norco just feels SOOOOO nice and it has that way of looking at me so I can't part with it.
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Me thinks you need a higher pole.
Your highest amount isn't even close to what I have invested. lol
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Bike is free. I then added fenders, front and rear lights, rigid fork, rack, computer, grocery pannier, bottle cages, kick stand, saddle, pump, helmet, slick tires, lock and bell. It got >$500 but <$800 invested.



This bike is $450. I added a riser bar, new chainring, bottle cage, computer, lights and fenders. Again, $500 but <$800 invested.

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$40 for the bike, $3 for the seat.

Cleaned and lubed, new bar tape, total cost: $48.00


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maximan1:
Nice score/nice bike.

Voted $1500+ for my commuter.
Sad thing is my fun bike is probably cheaper.
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Old 08-24-08, 02:04 AM
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Summer:

'85 Schwinn Sierra, $28 at Salvation Army

-New tires/tubes, $70
-Rack off of dumpster bike, free
-SKS fenders, $45
-Blinky light, Cateye, $18
-Bell, $5
-Speedometer, $33

Total: $199

Winter:
1993 Trek 700, free (dumpster)

-Studs, $140
-Rack, $28
-Fenders, $35
-new seat post, $18
-used shifters, $12
-new freewheel, $25
-cables (2), $10
-bell, $5
-blinky, $18
-speedometer, $33

Total: $324

Spare/variety: '
84 Huffy Concours fixed gear ($12, yard sale)

-wheels/hubs/spokes, $192
-cog, $24
-lockring, $10
-tires/tubes, $60
-rack, $28
-bell, $5
-blinky, $18
-fenders from dumpster bike, free
-pedals/straps, $57
-crank, $75
-chain, $6

total: $485
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Bought second hand in 2003 for 45 Euros, since then fitted new tyres once and rear brake pads once.
All in all spent a little more than $100. Bike has taken me to work, shops, pubs, clubs for 5 years with boring reliability.

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Originally Posted by steve-in-kville View Post
Of all the threads I've been reading here on BF, the majority have been in this forum. Spent some time on the "Roadies" forum, but the folks here are more down to earth.

That being said, I thought a poll would be interesting. What amount of money do you have in your daily commuter (or primary bike, if there's more than one)??

I bought a Jamis Allegro a few weeks back. Added a cheap computer, pump and repair kit. I have almost $700 already and plan to add a light and rack(s) soon. 'Til all said and done, I'll have almost $800 in what was a $550 bike.
I had a custom bike built in the early '80s. This was after wrecking two Nishikis and a Trek in various collisions with motorists. I wanted fat tires, and an upright ride as well as plenty of carry capacity... and I wanted it "bullet proof," so I had my "truck" built back then...

Phil Wood hubs and BB, Mavic wheels, Campy chainrings and FD, Suntour Mountek RD (was state of the art at the time). Even had a custom triple built for the front... 52,46,36. My "truck" has braze-ons for everything from frame pump to generator to fenders and racks. It has 26 inch tires and cantilever brakes, and can handle any size tire from about 1.25 to 2.1 inches.

At the time it cost me $2500. I have been riding it since... so that amortizes out to about $100 a year... not bad for a "bullet proof" bike.

If I were to redo it today, I'd probably go with a Surly LHT. BTW that custom frame always feels good to climb onto. It just fits!

For a while there I commuted to College on a girls beat up rusty old bike... 5 mile trip... I had wrenched all the mechanical bits and they worked fine... but the outside was just ugly... so ugly I never had to lock it. I bought it for a six pack... and eventually sold it for it for a six pack. But I knew my "truck" was being built and would carry me anywhere.

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Old 08-24-08, 10:22 AM
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Surly Cross Check Complete: $930
Rear rack: $30 (I think?)
SKS Fenders: $35
Wellgo pedals w/ toeclips: $15
Panaracer T-Serv tires: $80
Planet Bike Superflash: $20
Cygolite halogen light system: $50
Kryptonite Mini-U: $60

Have yet to install:
Tektro RL520 V-brake aero levers: $20
Avid Single Digit 5 brakes: $40

Having a great bike to commute with and use on group rides: Priceless (er, well more like ~$1300)
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Puch Odyssey (early 80s?) off craigslist = $110
Tune up and new cassette and other small parts = $100
Lights, fenders, U lock = $80

So right now I'm at about $290. Next on my list of purchases are going to be a jersey, helmet, and courier bag, probably another $200 roughly, but thats more for myself than my commuter. The puch probably doesn't have much resale value as its full of creaks and parts that should get changed out, but in a year or so I might get a new commuter and convert it to a fixie so I can be cool =D
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