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    How much does it cost you to maintain your bike?

    I do most of my own work on my own bikes. I am mildly surprised by the cost of doing maintenance. I maintain three bikes for my family.

    An average annual tune up for me usually means over 100 bucks in parts. Thats for new drllr cables, a fresh bottle of brake fluid, new pads, shock seals and (normally) new tires. Every other year, the brake seems to need rebuilds (lever/caliper), might need to replace suspension bearings, chain, chain rings, cassette, drllr pulleys, grips wear out or turn dog earred and the odd DU bushing.

    Theres likely a few more Im forgetting. But with three bikes, i sometimes shudder when I put a bike on the repair stand. Not complaining, just talking about my observation.

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    Depends on the year. Average I go through a couple chains, sometimes three. If I keep up on the chains I'm usually good with the cassette through the next season, typically pull 2 to 3 seasons or roughly 3000 to 4000 miles on a set of rings (again if I keep up with the chains). Been pretty lucky with brakes, had to replace the square seals in the rear Juicy 7 this year so I did the MC at the same time and a set of pads in a season. Couple back tires in a year. A set of cables, plus what ever misc. stuff wears out in between. I'd say I average anywhere between $150 to $300 in a year to maintain my main ride. And maybe $75.00 average for the two other bikes.

    Expensive sport, but still cheaper than some.

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    nothing. unless I bend or wear out something. I can do most of my own work except bottom brackets and head sets. I probably could by the special tools but can't justify the expense. Over the last 4 years riding once a week 15+ miles, I bled the brakes once, broke one chain, replaced the rear sprocket once, grips once, chain rings once, cables twice and bent deraileur hanger about 1 or 2 every year. Never replace the tires. although the rear was getting low and starting to slip.

    I believe that the most important maintenance is cleaning the bike after every ride, including lubing the drive train and making any adjustments. Mearly cleaning the bike would solve most of the bike maintenance issues. At my LBS almost every bike for tune ups, were never cleaned, lubed or were left outside or never ridden.

    The first year of riding seriouse single track I made the mistake of throwing the bike in the garage uncleaned, un-lubed and wet. After sitting in the garage for two months, It never felt the same. it needed a complete tune up, brakes bled, and cables cleaned and lubed.

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    Chains.. couple a year.

    Tires..couple a year

    Brake pads... fronts once a year.

    Fork and shock service once per year

    Set of grips maybe...

    Crash damage...... varies
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    I probably avg about $200/year for my MTB, much less for mine and my wife's road bikes. The last expense was a freehub assy for my King hub at $160+a couple bombers I bought for my buddy for lending me the King hub tool to do a rebuild.

    Oops, forgot about the crankset and chain I replaced a month or so ago. Okay, maybe it's closer to $500 for this year...and worth every last penny!

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    It just depends on how many miles you plan on putting on your bike. If you dont ride it all year, then it will be really cheap to maintain. If you put 10,000 miles on it a year, then you will probably be dishing out a couple hundred depending on how good your components are in the first place.

    If you wrap upgraditis into your maintenance costs like I do, then it will be a lot more.

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    IF I make it thru a year without breaking a major part I generally spend around $1500 just to keep 3 bikes running.

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    jeebus senior blonde, what does that 1500 include?
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    I don't ride hard enough often enough these days to worry about maintenace costs.

    from 1990 to 2000 I dread to think what we were spending, we were breaking chains,cables and bending wheels every other day

    Alot to be said for the poster above , cleaning ,lightly lubing and tweeking after every ride solves alot of common faults like cable and chain wear, but it's hypocritical for me to preach as i'm fairly lazy on that front.

    You can't really budget for crash related costs , bling and uneccesary upgrades don't count either .
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    Quote Originally Posted by squish View Post
    Expensive sport, but still cheaper than some.
    It can be ALOT cheaper than some.

    For instance I am a goalie for ice hockey, and all those pads cost a small fortune!

    Skates: $350 (replaced every year)
    Pants: $320 (Every 2 years)
    Under Armor: $170 (Every year or 2)
    Cup: $50 (Every 2 years)
    Knee pads: $80 (Every 2 years)
    Leg Pads: $1,450 (Every 2 years)
    Chest Protector: $320 (Every 2 years)
    Catching Glove: $420 (Every 2 years)
    Blocker Glove: $305 (Every 2 years)
    Helmet: $400 (Every 4 years)
    Other "minor" accessories: $150 (Every year or 2)

    Estimated total cost of equipment: $4,015 (for around every 2 years)

    Not to mention the cost of actually being able to play... $3,200 (For 2 different teams every year)

    Thats alot of dough! Hopefully now my parents wont have to pay for my college tuition

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    Just as I thought, it costs a pretty penny to ride a pretty bike. I thought I was over doing it, but it seems I'm way below the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    jeebus senior blonde, what does that 1500 include?
    My trailbike gets the biggest miles so it's the vast majority of that. I'm actually well over $1500 this year. Maybe double. This is where I stand for this year at the moment:

    6 air sleeve services and fork seal replacements/fluid changes (still not meeting factory recommended service intervals) $60 each time= $360
    4 chains @ $40 =$160
    2 Cassettes @ $100= $200
    Chainrings $80
    15-20 Cables and ~4 Housing replacements =At least $120
    4 Tire sets =at least $380
    2 Pivot services @ $50 =$100
    Misc Bearings (HS, BB, Hub, Pedal, etc) at least $100
    a Saddle $150
    Grips $20
    Derailleur Pulleys $40
    Chainguide Idler Pulley $20
    DOT, Lube, Grease, Stans, etc = at least $150

    WOW $1880 That sucks. Thanks for making me add that up.

    EDIT: This is just the trailbike. The FR, MTNX, and BMX bikes double that total
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    i do most of my own work - bought my own tools just for this reason..........I don't spend much, maybe $100-200 per year............
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    Most of my mileage is on the road bike so I don't actually wear all that much stuff out on the 2 off road bikes. I've got 2000 km or more on the IGH bike and the chain probably needs changing although the IGH did get a grease and oil bath a few months back. The regular bike got new pads and a chain last winter. I also rebuilt both its hubs, relaced the wheels and lubed the freehub. My only suspension fork got fresh oil, and one set of pedals got a bearing adjustment and grease. A couple years before I put new rings on the cranks that are now on one of the bikes. Aside from crashing and breaking stuff I'd say I'd probably spend maybe 300 a year for all 3 bikes.

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    I usually do my own work on the bike and help out friends when they need it. However, this time I broke my frame and I cannot find a replacement part! New frame w/o repair as an option.

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    2-3 chains a year, 1-2 tires, 2-3 tubes and 1-2 bottles of lube, 1 patch kit, all bought on sale. Maybe $100-150.

    My soft tail doesn't have pivots or rear seals and wipers to worry about. Seals and wipers on fork just now needing replacing after 3+ years on this bike. Seal kit and oil under $50 and doing my own labor, so add $15 / year.

    As long as the chains keep being replaced, the chainrings and cassette do not wear much. Just replaced front brake pads after 3+ years, so add another $6/year.

    Fortunately I don't suffer from upgradeitis and, aside from chains, only replace things that break or wear out. Usually do about 2000 to 3000 dirt miles a year.

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    Road bike - tires monthly $140.00 x 12
    Cables twice a year $55.00 x 2
    Handlebar tape $40.00 x 2

    Mtb...TBD

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    I don't ride competitively so it's very cheap for me. Besides my Fly is less than a year old and I haven't broken anything yet. Just a few upgrades - stem, carbon bar and seat, is all I've spent on it.

    Compared to my last vice, cars - bicycles are dirt cheap. I don't even want to think of the coin I dropped on my rescue Impala. Alu-head LT1, fresh 4L60 build and 3.42s in a Torsen II rear axle. That was just the first year.

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    I thought I was way under the curve, but after I added all the upgrades, sadly I win at spending the most.
    after buying expensive top of the line bikes, I decided to save some cash and bought a left over KHS AM2000 for $1000. It would not hold any adjustments, dropped chains and I could never dail the forks. I ended up replacing every thing to get it the way I liked. New forks/wheelsets,rotors, pads, crank, deraileur, seat and post. total cost with frame 2500,my LBS gave me a deal on parts, it was under the price of a top bike, but the frame was still a cheapo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bing! View Post

    An average annual tune up for me usually means over 100 bucks in parts.

    Not complaining, just talking about my observation.
    Sounds like you are wearing the parts out. $100 / yr sounds pretty cheap if you are using your bike that much.
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    Wow, you guys throw some cash at your bikes.

    When I was commuting more and doing big km mostly in 3 gears only I used to change chains every 2,500km, cassette every 5000km etc.
    Now I'm completely reactive. Drivetrains get run until they don't run, then the parts that look bad get replaced.

    My cluster is from 2003, my chain a few years later than that. On any wear gauge it would be toast, but I'll ride it until it skips.

    I spend maybe $100 per bike per year. Seals, oil, cables and tyres/tubes combined. None of these are replaced as a matter of course, just when they get too damaged/worn to continue.
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    I've replaced a chain, cassette, seatpost, wheels, fork rebuild and chainstay bushings since October last year. Yup. MTB is an expensive hobby.

    I don't even want to think about the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FNG RIDER View Post
    I believe that the most important maintenance is cleaning the bike after every ride, including lubing the drive train and making any adjustments. Mearly cleaning the bike would solve most of the bike maintenance issues. At my LBS almost every bike for tune ups, were never cleaned, lubed or were left outside or never ridden.
    Yep, I do that too and my bike is almost maintenance free

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Blonde View Post
    4 chains @ $40 =$160
    2 Cassettes @ $100= $200
    Chainrings $80
    15-20 Cables and ~4 Housing replacements =At least $120
    4 Tire sets =at least $380
    2 Pivot services @ $50 =$100
    Misc Bearings (HS, BB, Hub, Pedal, etc) at least $100
    a Saddle $150
    Grips $20
    Derailleur Pulleys $40
    Chainguide Idler Pulley $20
    DOT, Lube, Grease, Stans, etc = at least $150
    How the hell can you go thru 4 chains at $40 each ???

    I'll give you an advice : buy another model, because this one doesn't seems to hold on good...

    I have about an $150 of maintenance/repairs for about 4 to 5 bikes... a year.

    Mostly because I get really good deal on labor charge at my lbs and I buy only on-sale items... And because I don't have a lot of money either

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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    I have 2 bikes on the go with another 2 that get ridden only a few times a year. Maintenance cost is pretty much the cost of a couple tubes & patch kits and some chain lube & grease. Once every couple years I'll need a new chain, cogs seem to last around 4-5 years and tires are somewhere in between. Averaged out over 5 years and it's probably around $50-60 per year for each of my regularly ridden bikes after adding in cables, grips, and other small wear items.

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    One chain for $25 and two bottles of lube for $16 combined, plus about $8 at the car wash, on one bike since April. Some of you guys clearly have more fun buying accessories, components, and LBS service or tools, than actually riding your bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalized View Post
    One chain for $25 and two bottles of lube for $16 combined, plus about $8 at the car wash, on one bike since April. Some of you guys clearly have more fun buying accessories, components, and LBS service or tools, than actually riding your bikes.
    I think I can say that since a year, I enjoy doing build, maintenance, cleaning and repairs as much as riding...

    I think it's part of the fact that I'm still in learning and discovering the bike industry and that my interest for mechanic as made me enjoy these... It might go away as I get older and grinch about my bikes...

    Maybe also because I don't have much money that I like to take care of my bikes and make them last to the max...

    You can troll me now

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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    I purchased an brand new 2011 Specialized last November.

    Necessities:
    Tires (2) $100
    Chain $40
    Brake Pad (3) $75
    Fork Seals $30
    Airsleeve seal $12
    Stans $25
    Rim Tape $20 i think (specialized version comes with lots of tape)
    Derailleur Cable (4) $20 Don't know why they keep fraying at the RD just before the V in the derailleur.
    Fork Oil, Dot Fluid, chain lube $20
    New Rim $80
    Grips $25
    New Helmet $100
    Gloves $30
    Bite Valve $15
    Bladder $30
    Front Sifter Free! thanks to Spec warranty
    Bike computer $20 broke old one in wreck
    Derailleur Hanger $15
    Chainring bolt $20 lost 1 bought 4 OEM

    Total $677 ouch! plus about 2 months to go to make it 1 year.

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    Handlebars/Stem $150

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal View Post
    Wow, you guys throw some cash at your bikes.

    When I was commuting more and doing big km mostly in 3 gears only I used to change chains every 2,500km, cassette every 5000km etc.
    Now I'm completely reactive. Drivetrains get run until they don't run, then the parts that look bad get replaced.

    My cluster is from 2003, my chain a few years later than that. On any wear gauge it would be toast, but I'll ride it until it skips.

    I spend maybe $100 per bike per year. Seals, oil, cables and tyres/tubes combined. None of these are replaced as a matter of course, just when they get too damaged/worn to continue.

    Clearly "too damaged/worn to continue" means two VERY different things to the two of us. Either that or you're riding 20 miles of rail trails a week. I wonder how much of this has to do with personal standards, where we live/ride, and how many miles we're putting in a week. I can't fathom making it thru a year without spending a couple grand on new parts and maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Blonde View Post
    Clearly "too damaged/worn to continue" means two VERY different things to the two of us. Either that or you're riding 20 miles of rail trails a week. I wonder how much of this has to do with personal standards, where we live/ride, and how many miles we're putting in a week. I can't fathom making it thru a year without spending a couple grand on new parts and maintenance.
    I've found flatter ground is worse on gears than hills. In hills you are always in different gears which spreads the wear, but on the flat I'm usually sitting in the middle ring and in the bottom three sprockets at the back. These little three wear out pretty quick in that situation.

    I consider a chain/cluster set to be too worn to continue when it starts skipping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Blonde View Post
    Clearly "too damaged/worn to continue" means two VERY different things to the two of us. Either that or you're riding 20 miles of rail trails a week. I wonder how much of this has to do with personal standards, where we live/ride, and how many miles we're putting in a week. I can't fathom making it thru a year without spending a couple grand on new parts and maintenance.
    Expensive bike = Expensive parts

    But as long as your bike suffer NORMAL wear and tears from NORMAL use, its only up to how much mileage you put on it each year that defines the bill... And under normal MAINTENANCE too...

    I can clearly say that my off road bike see more maintenance then my commuter bike, even if my commuter as twice the mileage on it... Because a bike get a lot more abuse on the trails then on the road, but I got to say that if I was pushing my commuter bike as hard as I do with my trail bike, those nasty roads would get costly pretty fast...

    And if you have enough money to be comfortable to throw a bucket of it at your bikes, then good for you

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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    These people replacing tyres yearly. Are they "wearing out" or getting sliced?

    I've never been able to wear out a tyre off-road, onroad I've had 8,000km (no typo) before the first threads of the casing showed through the rubber. The front tyre that did that many km still has around 2mm tread.
    Are you guys replacing tyres because the corners of the knobs get a little rounded?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal View Post
    These people replacing tyres yearly. Are they "wearing out" or getting sliced?

    I've never been able to wear out a tyre off-road, onroad I've had 8,000km (no typo) before the first threads of the casing showed through the rubber. The front tyre that did that many km still has around 2mm tread.
    Are you guys replacing tyres because the corners of the knobs get a little rounded?
    I have a 2000 GT XCR with still original tires on... they still have at lest 3-4mm of thread on it... don't know about the exact mileage, but its not more then 2 000 km...

    I think its more due to punctures, exploding tubeless, hard breaking, and low pressure that make the tire more prone to fatigue...

    Then again, its all about your budget. I rather have a small apartment, small car (if I ever need one) and 3 nice bikes that I can fully enjoy... Then when I get a wife and kids, I say bye to 2 of the bikes, get a house to grown my kids, then save money to buy them bikes, then do it all over again 15 years later

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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Biggest expense for me here in AZ are tires and Stan's sealant.

    This year I have replaced my drivetrain (chainring and cassette) once
    Chain twice
    Derailleur once- crushed no a rock
    cables once
    Front brake pads
    and a crap load of tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Blonde View Post
    I can't fathom making it thru a year without spending a couple grand on new parts and maintenance.
    To say nothing of clothing, shoes, gloves, sunglasses, helmets...

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    Hmmm..I definitely don't spend a boatload of money on maintenance.

    I installed an XT cassette in 2005 on my FSR. I had a few years of low miles on my bike back then, but it didn't start skipping on me until a few weeks ago. I just replaced my cassette and chain, and think I ought to replace my middle ring, too.

    I strongly prefer nicer cables on my bikes. I had XTR cables on my FSR that lasted WAY longer than the bulk stuff, so I feel I got my money's worth. I replaced them with Gore Ride-on shifter cables earlier this year for the full length liners. We'll see how they do.

    I also did a bleed on my Magura Julie hydraulic discs earlier in the year. Also replaced the pads because those hadn't needed to be touched since I installed them in 2003.

    I have a nice stock of lube I acquired when I saw a Performance having a sale last year. I'm trying to think of other maintenance I've done on this bike this year, and that's all I'm coming up with. Puts me at about $200 on the year.

    The year before that I serviced my fork and rear shock, replaced worn grips, saddle, and tires, replaced a chain, and that's about it. Still under $200 on the year.

    That's probably my average. I try to ride weekly, but it doesn't always work out.

    I've owned the bike since 03. I'm on my 3rd cassette, but I can't tell you how many chains that is. I still have the OEM tires for the bike, I replaced them because I didn't like the tread for trail conditions in a new state for me. I've done a few pivot replacements. I did replace the wheels, crankset, and bb on the bike after a couple years so that was a big chunk I put into it. But certainly not thousands.

    Maybe thousands over the lifetime of the bike. But I think $200/yr average is a reasonable estimate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal View Post
    These people replacing tyres yearly. Are they "wearing out" or getting sliced?

    I've never been able to wear out a tyre off-road, onroad I've had 8,000km (no typo) before the first threads of the casing showed through the rubber. The front tyre that did that many km still has around 2mm tread.
    Are you guys replacing tyres because the corners of the knobs get a little rounded?
    Depends. With soft compound tires I wear them out after a few years, it's a combination of the knobs wearing down and parts of the knobs getting ripped off the tires from rocks & tree roots. Hard compound tires usually die from the sidewalls cracking apart after they get brittle from years of use.

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    I do 90% of my own work.

    Two bikes get ridden 3 times a week by my son and I from October to May for racing season. No way they would survive on an "annual tune-up." The other 6 are used less and my wife's 2 and my beater Rockhopper are used much less. They require much less.

    $200-$350 on the most highly used bikes. Odd expendables include grips and chain protectors. Tires are $50 each. Sets of tires, pads, cables and housings, several times a year. Multilple chains. So you get to a couple of hundred quick.

    A messy race? Full set of pads. A couple of messy races and lots of messy workouts? More chains.

    Some stuff is simply exhausted. Seats have to be factored in somewhere. Chainrings, cassettes, even with frequent chain changes, have a limited life.

    Then there is the stuff you break/exhaust but that isn't maintenance: shifters, ders, brake systems. Total refurbishment of my Bontrager Racelite, as I exhausted everything, was $2100 and I called in favors for that one.

    Oh, and fork maintenance/rebuilding..........
    I don't rattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal View Post
    These people replacing tyres yearly. Are they "wearing out" or getting sliced?

    I've never been able to wear out a tyre off-road, onroad I've had 8,000km (no typo) before the first threads of the casing showed through the rubber. The front tyre that did that many km still has around 2mm tread.
    Are you guys replacing tyres because the corners of the knobs get a little rounded?
    If it's a 2 ply 3C tire on the DH bike they last till the tread wears out. They are generally bald from new in about 3 months. Sticky rubber wears pretty quick though. On the trail bike with single plys and a harder duromater it's about 50/50. Half my tires wear to bald and half of them get big slices. If they go to bald it works out to be about the same time frame. 3 months is pretty typical.

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    Chain - $40
    Cassette - $100
    Cleats for my eggbeaters - $20
    Lube - $10
    New helmet after I dented the old one - $100

    Those are the necessary purchases.


    Bought new tires (Conti Mountain Kings) at $60 apiece. Money well spent.
    I don't even want to add up what I spent on luxury items (jerseys, gels, shorts, etc...) because it was a lot this year, somewhere between $500-600.

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    You guys wear your tires to bald? I ride 95% in the dirt. When the thread is down to about 30%, the knob edges well rounded, the tread pattern is cut up and dog earred, i retire the tires to my kids commuters. Normally, a rear tire goes in about 4 to 6 months. Is this too soon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FNG RIDER View Post
    I believe that the most important maintenance is cleaning the bike after every ride, including lubing the drive train and making any adjustments. Mearly cleaning the bike would solve most of the bike maintenance issues. At my LBS almost every bike for tune ups, were never cleaned, lubed or were left outside or never ridden.
    Depending on what kind of soil you have I think washing your bike after every ride can easily do more harm than good. If you lube your chain like an anal bastard, wipe it down add more lube (if needed), make any adjustments you found you needed during the ride and hang it up. I only wash my mtb once in a blue moon, maybe 3 times a season. I wipe it down once in a while but the hose is pretty rare. All it does is wash the fine dust into all the nooks and crannies requiring more maintenance. I spend all my time maintaining other peoples bikes the last thing I want to do is work on my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal View Post
    These people replacing tyres yearly. Are they "wearing out" or getting sliced?

    I've never been able to wear out a tyre off-road, onroad I've had 8,000km (no typo) before the first threads of the casing showed through the rubber. The front tyre that did that many km still has around 2mm tread.
    Are you guys replacing tyres because the corners of the knobs get a little rounded?
    I'm with you, my front tires never wear out. usuallly the rear sidewalls will start getting shredded from the shale I ride on a lot. I think that the people here wearing out tires are running very soft race tires and or abuse their tires by dragging their rear tire and drifting the turns. This will do it! Furthermore, inferior equipment and lack of maintenance will wear quicker.

    So yeah I guess you can spend mad money on tire chains and sprockets depending upon how you ride. I am not going to broadie my $60 road Vitorias, maybe the Weirwolfs once in a while: )

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    I've got a few sets of tires that are in great shape, I just wanted to give the TK's a shot. I usually swap out tires twice a year from grippy in the spring to fast rolling in the summer and back to grippy in the fall/winter.

    I was really impressed with the Nevegal/Slant Six combo over the summer and I'm also very happy with the Trail Kings.

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    i commute every day on my 'cross. i own two more bikes that i try to ride regularly.

    i go through tires, lube and brake pads like there's no tomorrow.

    that and socks. most bike socks don't last very long...

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    i do my own repairs and maintenance, have all the tools i need so it costs me very little every year/season .. this season i spent 75$ and that was for some panaracer xc pro's, couple of tubes, bottle o lube and a patch kit ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    I think I can say that since a year, I enjoy doing build, maintenance, cleaning and repairs as much as riding...

    I think it's part of the fact that I'm still in learning and discovering the bike industry and that my interest for mechanic as made me enjoy these... It might go away as I get older and grinch about my bikes...

    Maybe also because I don't have much money that I like to take care of my bikes and make them last to the max...

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    All I do is clean and relube my bike when it starts to squeak, which is about every 1-3 weeks. Don't see any reason to spend time or money on it when everything still works as it should. I built the bike up myself and didn't really enjoy any aspect of it except for not paying the damn shop to do it. Would rather have been riding.

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    Like $20 for 5 bikes.

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    New drive train at least bi-annually and tires at least annually on my main ride, a rigid SS. Oh, and a replacement Hbar and grips and tape (crashed into a tree, couldn't straighten them). I guess my left BB bearing is making some noise too, after getting caught in the rain last week, and now my front caliper is sticking. So it never ends and I only ride 40-75 miles a week of out my back door single track.

    The rest of the quiver doesn't cost much to maintain, mostly new tires when they rot off.
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    In the last 2 years I've spent:

    Tires - $80
    Hub Bearings - $20
    Grips - $20
    Suspension - $600 (new fork because other died)
    Pedals - $80
    Shifter and cables - $80
    Bottom Bracket - $30
    Brakes pads and bleed kit - $70
    Chain - $30
    Bolts, random parts and tools - $200


    So about $1200 in two years.

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