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What is the real cost of your bike? Here is mine...

Old 05-04-08, 02:34 PM
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What is the real cost of your bike? Here is mine...

So I'm just getting into the swing of things again and so bought a used bike. Thought I got a great deal. But then I started hemorrhaging money. Check this out:

Bike: 400 (what a great deal)
Tune up: 30
New Brake Pads: 30 (that they missed during my tune-up. Went to a different shop for this one.)
Brake Pad Installation: 30 (the new shop sucks)
Bike Pump: 60
Bike Hanger: 45
Speedometer/Cadence: 50
Rear Flasher 10
Front Headlight 30
SPD Pedals 50
SPD Shoes 60
New Inner Tube 20
Rear View Mirror 15
Bike Cleaner 12
Bike fitting 75

Total paid for my bike plus setup: $917.00

WTF?? I know this is chump change to some of you, but does it ever stop?

The worst part is that I'm not even close to being done spending money on this habit. Next I need some trail tires and wheels (it's a cyclocross bike). Might need a new road wheel after cracking it on a gap preceding an overpass bridge over I-85.

And yesterday my chain dropped three times in 30 miles. Does anyone know how to tune up a bike? I don't, but am I correct in assuming the bike shop should know how to tune a bike? More money.

Does anyone else experience this problem? I've spent more on extras than on the bike. I need an intervention. This is costing me more than gas.
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I paid $1000 for it and I've probably spent the same or more on it.
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Then did you stop spending, or is this $50/week bike habit just the way it is?
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75 for bike, 200 spent on it
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Originally Posted by bryroth View Post
WTF?? I know this is chump change to some of you, but does it ever stop?
Nope.
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I'd estimate that I've been spending $300+ a month on cycling related stuff. Last month I spent a lot, maybe $1000 altogether.

In retrospect, I've probably spent closer to $1500-2300 on it since purchase.
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Old 05-04-08, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by bryroth View Post
So I'm just getting into the swing of things again and so bought a used bike. Thought I got a great deal. But then I started hemorrhaging money. Check this out:

Bike: 400 (what a great deal)
Tune up: 30
New Brake Pads: 30 (that they missed during my tune-up. Went to a different shop for this one.)
Brake Pad Installation: 30 (the new shop sucks)
Bike Pump: 60
Bike Hanger: 45
Speedometer/Cadence: 50
Rear Flasher 10
Front Headlight 30
SPD Pedals 50
SPD Shoes 60
New Inner Tube 20
Rear View Mirror 15
Bike Cleaner 12
Bike fitting 75

Total paid for my bike plus setup: $917.00

WTF?? I know this is chump change to some of you, but does it ever stop?

The worst part is that I'm not even close to being done spending money on this habit. Next I need some trail tires and wheels (it's a cyclocross bike). Might need a new road wheel after cracking it on a gap preceding an overpass bridge over I-85.

And yesterday my chain dropped three times in 30 miles. Does anyone know how to tune up a bike? I don't, but am I correct in assuming the bike shop should know how to tune a bike? More money.

Does anyone else experience this problem? I've spent more on extras than on the bike. I need an intervention. This is costing me more than gas.

Coronary artery bypass graft: starting at $25,000.

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Originally Posted by bryroth View Post
So I'm just getting into the swing of things again and so bought a used bike. Thought I got a great deal. But then I started hemorrhaging money. Check this out:

Bike: 400 (what a great deal)
Tune up: 30
New Brake Pads: 30 (that they missed during my tune-up. Went to a different shop for this one.)
Brake Pad Installation: 30 (the new shop sucks)
Bike Pump: 60
Bike Hanger: 45
Speedometer/Cadence: 50
Rear Flasher 10
Front Headlight 30
SPD Pedals 50
SPD Shoes 60
New Inner Tube 20
Rear View Mirror 15
Bike Cleaner 12
Bike fitting 75

Total paid for my bike plus setup: $917.00

WTF?? I know this is chump change to some of you, but does it ever stop?

The worst part is that I'm not even close to being done spending money on this habit. Next I need some trail tires and wheels (it's a cyclocross bike). Might need a new road wheel after cracking it on a gap preceding an overpass bridge over I-85.

And yesterday my chain dropped three times in 30 miles. Does anyone know how to tune up a bike? I don't, but am I correct in assuming the bike shop should know how to tune a bike? More money.

Does anyone else experience this problem? I've spent more on extras than on the bike. I need an intervention. This is costing me more than gas.
hey, how much did you spend on the best tv in your house/apartment?
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Old 05-04-08, 02:56 PM
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Coronary artery bypass graft: starting at $25,000.

Embrace relativity.
And you have to supply your own grafted artery! What a ripoff !
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Old 05-04-08, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by bryroth View Post
I know this is chump change to some of you, but does it ever stop?
Correct.

No.

Next question.
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Don't forget the price you'll pay when your wife finds out
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Originally Posted by bryroth View Post
New Inner Tube 20
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Learn to change your own tire; $4 an inner tube.
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Don't forget the price you'll pay when your wife finds out
If keeping them for warranty purposes, store all receipts in a safe with a secure lock--preferrably a retinal scanner. Burn the rest of them.
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No it does not stop...

My friend just got a $400 bike...

I think it is a POS but it has two wheels and 24 gears. That was his budget and he stuck with it...

He now needs the pump, shoes, bottle cages, etc. And I explained about when you break down on a ride. He needs a mini tool, saddle bag, etc..

This is not a sport for those on a budget....
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You weenies are fiscal lightweights. Take up power boating or serious downhill skiing, then get back to me on 'expensive' hobbies.
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Originally Posted by bryroth View Post
Brake Pad Installation: 30 (the new shop sucks)
Bike Hanger: 45
Speedometer/Cadence: 50
Bike fitting 75
Some of these thinks you could have gotten away without. People have gone hundreds of years without knowing how far they've gone or how fast. Why couldn't you have installed the brake pads yourself? All it takes is an allen key and 5minutes (definitely not worth 30 bucks).

My suggestion: join a club and find a friend that can teach you all the newbie stuff.

Also: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/ (the answer to your tuning question and everything you'll ever want to know)

Good luck with the new bike! I spent about $1000 for mine plus the occasional new jersey.
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Some of your cost you could have avoided - e.g. go to old shop and insist they install the pads since they missed it. If you are cost conscious, do your own maintenance - parktool website is free and has good stuff, and most of the tools are cheap.

Plus, how many of those costs are you going to repeat? Lights - no. Computer - no (you could have skipped this to begin with).

Finally, you are doing cross - hard on bike and hard on parts.
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New bike - $3700
race bike - $1200
New diamond ring to keep the wife happy - $4000
Total cost of bike = $8900
And now I'm looking for a wheel upgrade for the Caad9
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New bike - $3700
race bike - $1200
New diamond ring to keep the wife happy - $4000
Total cost of bike = $8900
And now I'm looking for a wheel upgrade for the Caad9
This is the reality...unless you're single....
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just throw some money each month into a savings account for bike related stuff. that'll keep you from buying stuff on credit and overextending yourself.

i also buy a few things at a time so that i never really have to buy something as an emergency. if you build up a little inventory, then you can wait to stock up when you see sales or closeouts. buying stuff at full retail is going to kill your budget.

also, you gotta learn how to maintain your own bike! the guys at the lbs won't be able to fine tune your shifting perfectly, because they aren't riding it everyday. the fine tuning happens on your end when you can actually ride the bike in real world conditions. in addition - changing bar tape, tires\tubes, tune ups are all things that you can easily do at home.
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If you're looking to save some bucks, try doing some of the work yourself. Those brake pads should have been an easy replacement, and you spent $30. Most bike stuff is pretty basic mechanically. If you just look at how it's put together, it's usually a screw, allen-head, etc., and you can figure it out. Derailleur adjustment seems to be a finesse job, and I haven't figured-out how to do it effectively yet. Just take some time looking at the replacement/problem before you go have someone fix it for you. Also, shop around or online for good deals on parts, accessories, etc. Online can be much cheaper, although you will have shipping costs and hassles returning it if it's not the right thing or it doesn't fit.
Anyway, it is expensive. Just when I think I'm all set, I find something else I want, not to be confused with need.
Good luck and have fun.

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New bike - $3700
race bike - $1200
New diamond ring to keep the wife happy - $4000
Total cost of bike = $8900
And now I'm looking for a wheel upgrade for the Caad9
BarryJo speaks the truth. I literally just did this, except about 2700 for my bike and 1400 to upgrade the diamond engagement ring.
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well, here's everything i got this spring. now that i've actually added it up.. ouch.

bike 1400
shoes 160
shorts 80
jerseys 250
computer/install 50
ex tubes 15
co2 20
multitool 20
saddlebag 15
floor pump 40
helmet 60
h20 bottle holder/bottles 20
gloves 20

2140

fun & fitness... priceless.

PS where do I find one of those guys that cycles AND buys me the extra upgraded ring?
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About $700 spent outfitting/upgrading to a LeMond Zurich in '98...took money saved vs. buying new and invested in Apple stock.

Sold Apple stock that cost me $400 in '98 and bought a Seven a month ago (all true, but I didn't actually sell the Apple stock)

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