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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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    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.
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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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    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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