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    What would you buy in the $300-$500 range?

    What would you get in the $300-$500 range (+ extra for the right item), knowing the below. Every year for my bday my gf (now fiancée) just gets me what I want in about that price range and I add to her budget if I need to.


    -Just built a new mountain bike. XTR/XT drivetrain, 1x10, pike fork, dropper post, carbon bars, tubeless, etc. Pretty maxed out besides the wheels, and I'm not sure I can get enough of an upgrade without spending over $1k and I'm not sure I want carbon wheels that badly. I don't want LB wheels at my weight (240), regardless of what the manufacturer says will work.


    -I don't need or want anything for my road bike.


    -I thought about a nice Garmin combo but I kinda like how I can upload my rides right from my phone. I'd gain heart rate tracking but I don't know I want that enough to justify the cost and have one more thing to have to keep charged. I don't go on rides long enough to benefit from the extra battery life compared to my phone.

    -I thought about a GoPro but I think I'd use it once and not again. Nobody but me cares enough to watch me ride and I see it in real time a couple times a week.

    -I have all of the tools, spare parts, clothing, and spare tires I could ever want.


    What else is there?

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    What would you buy in the $300-$500 range?

    Power meter.


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    A skateboard.

    Seriously. Or a kayak. Or a paddleboard.
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    A global map of winds. Pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Power meter.


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    Excuse my ignorance, but what purpose does a power meter serve? I get that people who race can track when and how much power they are putting out but as a weekend warrior/hobbyist, what benefit would I see from this?

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    What would you buy in the $300-$500 range?

    Weight loss, general improvement, etc.


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    What about some stuff for your biking pack? Or (if you travel) a new tent or something along those lines for traveling and riding places throughout the area/state/country/world/universe? Just a thought!
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    What would you buy in the $300-$500 range?

    Another idea: a D-SLR camera. You can get a Nikon D3200, lenses, and some other stuff for $500 if you hunt around. Having the camera around makes me stop, and really experience my surroundings.


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    Since you are already have everything, give $400 to charity of choice.

    It will make you feel good I promise.
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    Got a set of lights for night riding? fun stuff....

    Or what about a mtb destination vacation...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Weight loss, general improvement, etc.


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    I'm as lean as I ever want to be. I have to consciously eat more than I want in order to not waste away. Cycling is an incredible workout.
    Quote Originally Posted by ColeSJ View Post
    What about some stuff for your biking pack? Or (if you travel) a new tent or something along those lines for traveling and riding places throughout the area/state/country/world/universe? Just a thought!
    My pack is solid and I have sleep apnea so I can't camp (need electrical source for my CPAP machine)
    Quote Originally Posted by d365 View Post
    Got a set of lights for night riding? fun stuff....

    Or what about a mtb destination vacation...
    I have lights but I do want another one... and I do want to go on a destination vacation. Good ideas.

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    My pack is solid and I have sleep apnea so I can't camp (need electrical source for my CPAP machine)
    They make rechargeable battery packs for the CPAP machines.
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    cheapo rigid single speed.

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    Assuming your bike is FS, the Cane Creek DBinline or air.

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    BMX bike to play around on the street with?
    Hybrid for cruising the town with the lady friend?
    Dirt jump frame assuming you have enough parts kicking around the garage to build it up?

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    A trip to (drivable distance) a mtb "resort" - lots of ski resorts turn into mtb parks in their off season.
    Mountain bikers who don't road ride are usually slow.
    Roadies who don't mountain bike are usually d***s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    They make rechargeable battery packs for the CPAP machines.
    Yeah I've almost bought one a few times but she doesn't like camping so it loses its value in that sense. Nothing I "need" it for after that
    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    A trip to (drivable distance) a mtb "resort" - lots of ski resorts turn into mtb parks in their off season.
    Yeah we have a few within 1.5-2 hours. Hoping to go this summer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Learux View Post
    Since you are already have everything, give $400 to charity of choice.

    It will make you feel good I promise.
    That!!!
    Why consume for the purpose of consuming?

    If you want to stick to mountain biking then donate to a state park or to a trail building group.

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    Drivetrain parts or wheels sound good, already have lights, dslr, kayak, snowboard; maybe some snowshoes, xc skis or even a fat bike.

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    What would you buy in the $300-$500 range?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    I'm as lean as I ever want to be. I have to consciously eat more than I want in order to not waste away. Cycling is an incredible workout.
    I saw your weight in another post and made an assumption. My apologies.

    In my world/profession, "light (and brutally strong) is right".




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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    I'm as lean as I ever want to be. I have to consciously eat more than I want in order to not waste away. Cycling is an incredible workout.

    My pack is solid and I have sleep apnea so I can't camp (need electrical source for my CPAP machine)


    I have lights but I do want another one... and I do want to go on a destination vacation. Good ideas.
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    Cassettes/chains/chainrings are never a bad thing since they need to be replaced every so often. Another option is new riding gear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by time229er View Post
    everyone quit playing with this little boy...
    What's your problem? Go away if you're going to be an ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by owensjs View Post
    Cassettes/chains/chainrings are never a bad thing since they need to be replaced every so often. Another option is new riding gear?
    I've only been doing this for a year and I went a little wild with buying stuff so everything is new and I have extras. Good call on chains and cassettes though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    I saw your weight in another post and made an assumption. My apologies.

    In my world/profession, "light (and brutally strong) is right".




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    No worries. I'm 6'6" so that's part of it. Built like a tight end in football

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    N* season pass
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy f View Post
    N* season pass
    Great idea. I had to talk myself out of it though... I would inevitably buy another money pit (dedicated DH bike).

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    Wheels with 30mm inside dimension, a real noticeable improvement for me. Now this ride feel is the norm to me. Wide Lightnings at my lower weight. LB hookless 30mm inside rims for your own build with Sapim Lasers and brass nips. Buy two rims and build a front first.

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    Ya I keep going back to wheels but dunno if I want them as bad as they will cost after buying so much stuff last year and this year.

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    if you are looking to get faster, a betterride camp or some other instruction/lessons/coaching will help more than any amount of money you spend on equipment. Yes it will, I don't care how good a rider you are or think you are.

    If you are looking to have more fun, going somewhere is, IMO, much better bang/buck than buying stuff (provided you have a decent bike, which it sounds like you do). I've done long weekends in Fruita and Tuscon for about your budget, though the really memorable, once in a lifetime trips have been more. It's also nice for the SO because it lets it be more of a real gift rather than you saying what you want and she gets it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    if you are looking to get faster, a betterride camp or some other instruction/lessons/coaching will help more than any amount of money you spend on equipment. Yes it will, I don't care how good a rider you are or think you are.

    If you are looking to have more fun, going somewhere is, IMO, much better bang/buck than buying stuff (provided you have a decent bike, which it sounds like you do). I've done long weekends in Fruita and Tuscon for about your budget, though the really memorable, once in a lifetime trips have been more. It's also nice for the SO because it lets it be more of a real gift rather than you saying what you want and she gets it.
    Ya the only way my bike is getting better is wheel upgrade and I don't know I want to put any more money into it. Skills camp or trip sounds like a good idea

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    You need those wide wheels to finish it. Build em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    You need those wide wheels to finish it. Build em.
    Derby?

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    Brakes? Big fella's like us need some good brakes! That's my next upgrade..

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    Got a new set of XT brakes with 203mm front/180mm rear ice tech rotors already

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    Got a new set of XT brakes with 203mm front/180mm rear ice tech rotors already
    How do you like the XTs? I have crappy Elixir 3s but am in dire need of an upgrade. I'm 6'3, 215lbs. They just don't cut it. Looking into the Elixir 9 Trails with 4 pistons...

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    What bike is it?

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    Helmet, pads, clothing? Nice to have several sets of riding clothes so you don't have to do laundry as often.
    I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum.

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    I would tell her to get herself some equipment so you can ride together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SycoCell121 View Post
    How do you like the XTs? I have crappy Elixir 3s but am in dire need of an upgrade. I'm 6'3, 215lbs. They just don't cut it. Looking into the Elixir 9 Trails with 4 pistons...
    LOVE them. Had them on my first bike and bought them again for this bike. PLEASE don't get the avids. You can lock up chunky tires on tiny rotors with any decent hydro brake, it's the modulation and control that's nice. And Shimano brakes in general are much easier to dial in and maintain.
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    What bike is it?

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    Helmet, pads, clothing? Nice to have several sets of riding clothes so you don't have to do laundry as often.
    Already have helmet, knee guards, 5 sets of padded shorts, a bunch of base layers, jerseys, arm and leg warmers, etc. Multiple pairs of shoes. Pretty set with clothes.
    Quote Originally Posted by wizzer16 View Post
    I would tell her to get herself some equipment so you can ride together.
    Got her a carbon full suspension Superfly last year, went on three rides and sold it, she didn't like MTB.

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    I'm telling ya man, CCDBair. Nothing is even close.

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    biking vacation weekend? Thats what I would do if I had a wad of cash burning in my pocket

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfisherman View Post
    I'm telling ya man, CCDBair. Nothing is even close.

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    Pretty happy with my kashima rp23, just wish it had more of a lockout like setting. Can't even tell the difference with "platform" or whatever turned on with the stiffest setting compared to wide open lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    Derby?
    You can go Derbys for the ridge. The LBs are 185 and the new Rovals use the same profile.

    Here's some build info--
    Actual LB 30mm ID wheel build parts, weights, and results.
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    Sounds like you're not needing more bike gear. My $0.02 is to book a 2 night trip to a resort.
    Include her, she'll be able to hike, paddle, or shop while you ride, and at night they'll be options.
    To me, it's the perfect biking-related gift for the guy that has everything.
    And hey, us dirty bikers can always use a few bonus points. (win - win)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyin_W View Post
    Sounds like you're not needing more bike gear. My $0.02 is to book a 2 night trip to a resort.
    Include her, she'll be able to hike, paddle, or shop while you ride, and at night they'll be options.
    To me, it's the perfect biking-related gift for the guy that has everything.
    And hey, us dirty bikers can always use a few bonus points. (win - win)
    Ok. I'm 2 hours from Northstar/Tahoe and she loves Tahoe.

    I have a Stumpjumper Evo with a Pike fork (29er, 140mm front/135mm rear) with a nice tubeless setup. Should I rent a DH bike or bring what I have?

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    Seems to me like you already have enough stuff, why not just give some money to charity, and tell your g/f to keep the rest and treat herself to something nice at Victoria's Secret.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky Mtn View Post
    tell your g/f to keep the rest and treat herself to something nice at Victoria's Secret.....
    the gift that keeps on giving...
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    Still haven't thought of anything

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