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What are the biggest wastes of money in biking?

Old 08-29-22, 01:58 PM
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Especially when you set out to make the fools

I so miss Calvin and Hobbes.
Brilliant, and on a different note I also miss "For better or for worse" an equally brilliant strip written by Lynn Johnston

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Maybe expensive helmets. There's a huge variance in price on helmets from like $10 to $350 and more and the expensive ones have not proven to be any safer. They may be lighter or more aerodynamic or stylish, but it seems like there is just a lot of margin on the high end for what is just a EPS and polycarbonate sandwich. I do have $150 helmets for my wife and I. I'm probably a sucker.

For the most part, bicyclists have it made. If you really want to get soaked, get into boats. Seriously. I reveled in cycling when I first got into it because of how utterly cheap even the "good stuff" is. Used and vintage items make top-end stuff even more affordable, which isn't the case in many other avocations.
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Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife

That's not meant for biking. Don't you even read your own post topics?
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Originally Posted by livedarklions
That's not meant for biking. Don't you even read your own post topics?
Talk about missing the point
https://www.amazon.com/Speedfil-Spee...9N6D8GBC&psc=1
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Originally Posted by prj71
I can't believe people spend ~$100 on jerseys and mountain bike shorts.
$20 for a bike jersey or shorts on Amazon gets you the equivalent of the $100 piece of apparel without the fancy brand name on it.
Great examples.
Keep 'em coming
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Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife
The original one you linked would not even fit in a bottle cage.
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Originally Posted by big john
Anyone who thinks cycling is expensive should try motorcycling, boating, or divorce.
...or having kids who play travel/club-level sports.
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Originally Posted by prj71
I can't believe people spend ~$100 on jerseys and mountain bike shorts. $20 for a bike jersey or shorts on Amazon gets you the equivalent of the $100 piece of apparel without the fancy brand name on it.
To be fair, there's a significant difference in quality, durability, wicking and comfort between a $20 and a $100 jersey. I'm just not sure that difference really matters to most people, but my $20 Amazon jersey definitely feels cheap compared to my others (an ancient team one in a sale for $15, a charity one for $60, and bargain supermarket ones for $7.50/15).

Whether there's much difference between a $100 and a $300 Jersey I couldn't say.
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Originally Posted by prj71
I can't believe people spend ~$100 on jerseys and mountain bike shorts. $20 for a bike jersey or shorts on Amazon gets you the equivalent of the $100 piece of apparel without the fancy brand name on it.
But will old guys who ride prone-position self-powered vehicles still make wildly incorrect assumptions about me and my bike if I'm not wearing a fancy name-brand matching kit?
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Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife

How is that me missing the point? You posted a link to a product that had nothing to do with your own thread topic.

BTW, those are bottles with some heavy duty insulation. If I was riding in 100 degrees heat, it might be worth it to me. You have no experience with this, but water in regular bottles gets pretty hot on a long ride.
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Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife
Great examples.
Keep 'em coming

Why? What is the point of this stupid thread?
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Originally Posted by prj71
The original one you linked would not even fit in a bottle cage.

I don't think OP knows what a bottle cage is.
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Iíve gotten two Rapha Core jerseys for $55 each. Really nice product with a full zipper, 3 pockets and a fourth zippered one.

Wanted to get a third during their recent sale. Unfortunately, the color that I want sold out in my size quickly.

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Originally Posted by livedarklions
How is that me missing the point? You posted a link to a product that had nothing to do with your own thread topic.

BTW, those are bottles with some heavy duty insulation. If I was riding in 100 degrees heat, it might be worth it to me. You have no experience with this, but water in regular bottles gets pretty hot on a long ride.
I have a pair of Camelbak insulated bottles. I like them and they seem durable and have lasted years already. I guess it takes longer for it to get hot but I drink it pretty fast. I don't remember what I paid for them but they are a quality product.
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Tubular tires on a commuter bike.
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Originally Posted by big john
I have a pair of Camelbak insulated bottles. I like them and they seem durable and have lasted years already. I guess it takes longer for it to get hot but I drink it pretty fast. I don't remember what I paid for them but they are a quality product.
This is why I dislike the thread topic so much--value is subjective so long as the product actually does what it's supposed to. Something that is dysfunctional is objectively a waste of money. But who the hell cares whether or not I or anyone else on this thread thinks you did or didn't waste money on those bottles? You like them and they've lasted for years.
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I would totally pay big bucks for a water bottle that kept my water cold in the summer.
I have a Camelbak Podium Ice and a Polar Insulated and they both suck.
Even if I fill them and freeze them overnight, they are luke warm by mile 40.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
I would totally pay big bucks for a water bottle that kept my water cold in the summer.
I have a Camelbak Podium Ice and a Polar Insulated and they both suck.
Even if I fill them and freeze them overnight, they are luke warm by mile 40.
On a hot day I would have finished both of them before mile 40. If it was really hot maybe a 3rd by then.
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Originally Posted by big john
On a hot day I would have finished both of them before mile 40. If it was really hot maybe a 3rd by then.

I've just gotten used to drinking warm water. Insulation takes up space that I'd rather have filled with water.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
I would totally pay big bucks for a water bottle that kept my water cold in the summer.
I have a Camelbak Podium Ice and a Polar Insulated and they both suck.
Even if I fill them and freeze them overnight, they are luke warm by mile 40.
How long does it take you to get to mile 40?
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Originally Posted by Kapusta
How long does it take you to get to mile 40?

I have a Podium insulated bottle and if the temperature is in the upper 80s or higher, the water is warm by about 90 minutes. I really don't start getting thirsty until about 30 miles into a ride, so the insulation is really of no use.
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Originally Posted by greatbasin
If you really want to get soaked, get into boats.
BOAT = Bring Out Another Thousand
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BOAT = Bring Out Another Thousand
According to my grandpa, the definition of boat: a hole in the water, into which you dump money.
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funny thing about boats

last two years not typical - many made a profit on used boat sales
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Originally Posted by livedarklions
I've just gotten used to drinking warm water. Insulation takes up space that I'd rather have filled with water.
same here

at times I will place ice cubes in water bottles before a ride ... later wonder why ... but then will do it again
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