Bike costs - am I doing it wrong?
August 8, 2013 7:20 AM Subscribe
It's really expensive to maintain my bike! Is this normal, or should I be doing something different?
posted by Frowner to travel & transportation (38 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I bike virtually every day year-round - but not long distances. Most of my trips are no more than ten miles round trip. I have a Jamis Coda that I got three years ago. The frame is a great fit for me and seems pretty durable. I weigh ~200 pounds, which I assume puts more wear on the bike.
And lord, is there wear! Just this calendar year I have had a tune-up, replacement of brakes because they were gripping and refusing to release and no one could seem to figure out why, new wheels due to wear (per the shop), and now I am looking at replacing the thing that shifts the gears. Plus some minor stuff - brake pads, cables, etc. Even if I have no more bike expenses this year, I will have spent almost the cost of the bike (it was ~$650) in repairs. Last year I think I probably spent about $400 between a delux tune-up and some new parts. The first year, of course, the costs were minimal.
It seems weird to me that I am spending almost the cost of a new bike every year just to keep the old bike on the road. If that's normal, I'm cool with it - I love biking, I know that a bike isn't just some one-time investment, I save a ton of money by not having to own a car or take the bus. But is there something else I should be doing? Would a fancier bike cost less to maintain? Do I need to have a different bike or different parts to withstand me being basically a fat cyclist?
Basically, I can change a flat and clean my chain/drivetrain. That's the skills I have. I am fine with getting a professional tune-up rather than doing it myself.