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    $15,522.11 sticker

    $15,522.11 is what I have spent on mountain bike parts just at universalcycles.com's web site in the past 6 years. I can only assume this number will double or triple throwing in ebay, amazon, lbs, craigslist, pinkbike and MTBR in which I have bought countless frames, components and clothing from. I'm beginning to wonder if I have a problem or if this is typical spending for your average mountain biker...? Is it normal to want to try every frame that has ever been made, every dropper post on the market, all the multicolored gadgets that scream out at me in every issue of mountain bike action magazine? To me, this is normal, this is how I get through my week, month or year...Spending (almost) every penny I own on something that will propel my smiling face through the woods at a high rate of speed; buying the latest and greatest golden gizmo that will give me the edge over my few buddies that can find the time to ride with me....Yes I have a spending problem, buy that'$ ok. I just wish universalcycles would send me a sticker every once and awhile....
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    Right? Or stock options... But hey, you could be spending it on hookers and blow... If you like it and its not hurting anyone, why is it a problem?

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    I heard on the radio today that the average women spends 15k ($20k roughly) in a life time on make up! Friggin make up!

    I reckon your spending could almost be classed as sensible compared to that.

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    That comes out to about $215 per month, which is essentially a base-model Kia payment. Just think of how much more fun, excitement, and exercise you get with your MTB hobby than anyone does with their Kia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapmackie View Post
    Yes I have a spending problem, buy that's ok.
    I loved this little slip right here....bolded by me. I'm sure the word was supposed to be "but", instead it came out as "buy" from the guy with the self-diagnosed spending problem. I love it!

    You know, I think many of us are in a similar boat as you OP, but the difference is that some of us would rather not see a total amount like that. Out of sight, out of mind. But good for you for spending your monies on what I see as very worth while items.....bike gear! As previously mentioned, much better than hookers and blow!
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    Try boating, you will feel much better about your spending problem!

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    if you are not neglecting any family members and you are happy to be riding its hard to put a price on happiness. if you used nothing but credit and were struggling to make payments i would say its time to slack off. ask anyone that's involved in hunting, fishing, diving, etc and i guarantee its not close to what some spend. shoot people that smoke 2 packs a day are spending that in one year. there are many ways to make you feel better. just control how many kids you make and your happy riding days could last forever.

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    Over last 6 years? Probably about 20K overall, including kids bikes and trailers. It went from my moonlight consulting account.. I do not drink, smoke or gamble. And I did put aside a kids college fund for both of them over this time, so I do not think it was excessive..

    Compared to many other popular hobbies bicycling is cheap. How much a single nice motorcycle with 6 years worth of insurance would cost? How about an off-roader or a boat? Golf course fees..

    Important part is not get into debt and not to ignore retirement etc. Know where you are.

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    that seems like a lot but having said that I wouldn't want to see the tab I've run up either

    I've got a $700 shopping car saved at Universal now ... I keep looking at it but haven't pushed the button yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy1983 View Post
    That comes out to about $215 per month, which is essentially a base-model Kia payment. Just think of how much more fun, excitement, and exercise you get with your MTB hobby than anyone does with their Kia.
    Years ago (before Id ever heard of the car manufacturer called Kia) I had a girlfriend named Kia, and she was a lot of fun, exciting, and you could say we got lots of exercise of sorts together. I think I may have spent more than $215 per month on her though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Years ago (before Id ever heard of the car manufacturer called Kia) I had a girlfriend named Kia, and she was a lot of fun, exciting, and you could say we got lots of exercise of sorts together. I think I may have spent more than $215 per month on her though.

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    That's nothing, try a motor-sport. That get's spendy fast.

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    Still cheaper than many other hobbies. Plenty of people spend more than that on parts that make their car look cooler, and you can't even see most of those when you are driving it, so...
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    I would not begrudge a single penny of that six year spend. There are thousands and thousands of bad things to spend your discretionary income on...mountain biking doesn't sniff that list.

    I made a post on this forum last November when I returned to mountain biking after a long hiatus. I posted that mountain biking could very well be the perfect sport as it has the rare combination of three vital things:

    Thrill
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    Fitness

    Few other activities combine two of those...even fewer combine all three. Mountain biking is a great place to put your mental energy, physical energy, and discretionary income

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    Re: $15,522.11 sticker

    You're fine. Of all the places money goes, sure, you could have donated it; but mountain biking is good.

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    I've never kept track of my cycling expenditures over the last 30 years. But judging by the amount of used parts I have it must be quite the tidy sum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapmackie View Post
    $15,522.11 is what I have spent on mountain bike parts just at universalcycles.com's web site in the past 6 years. I can only assume this number will double or triple throwing in ebay, amazon, lbs, craigslist, pinkbike and MTBR in which I have bought countless frames, components and clothing from. I'm beginning to wonder if I have a problem or if this is typical spending for your average mountain biker...? Is it normal to want to try every frame that has ever been made, every dropper post on the market, all the multicolored gadgets that scream out at me in every issue of mountain bike action magazine? To me, this is normal, this is how I get through my week, month or year...Spending (almost) every penny I own on something that will propel my smiling face through the woods at a high rate of speed; buying the latest and greatest golden gizmo that will give me the edge over my few buddies that can find the time to ride with me....Yes I have a spending problem, buy that'$ ok. I just wish universalcycles would send me a sticker every once and awhile....
    30 years from now, The Pickers will be going through all your bike stuff and pay twice that amount.

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    Re: $15,522.11 sticker

    Don't think of it as just money spent on bikes and parts, but rather money on a type of lifestyle you live, memories, events, a hobby and also fitness gained. That's the many things biking has brought to my life. I don't dare add up my bike expenditures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by likeaboss View Post
    Try boating, you will feel much better about your spending problem!

    LMAO!

    Having a 24' Offshore Boat and a 17' Bass / Duck Hunting boat, this sruck a chord!

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    nah, this hobby is better for your health then others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy1983 View Post
    Pics or it didn't happen.
    Sorry, long enough ago that it would require using a flatbed scanner to scan in her photo. Were talking the early 1990s here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    Thrill
    Skill
    Fitness

    ..even fewer combine all three.
    Rock climbing, skateboarding - couple others I like... cheaper too..

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    Op. Feed your passion man, my wife just busted my balls cause I just spent 4300 on a MOUNTAIN bike when we live in Kansas and I already have 3 other mountain bikes. My other passion is soccer, I pay 65 per team every five weeks. I play on 3 teams but it makes me happy. I actually respect your ability to buy like that, it keeps the industry going for the less spenders like me. My retirement is good and debt comes and goes(3 in day care, wife's a teacher and I'm a comcast tech). I'll buy your used parts so you can buy new! Buy on and ride on!

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    The way things are going we may be spending that much on one bike ten years from now.

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    I'm not saying you shouldn't have ('cause if I HAD it like that, I would, too), but that's MORE than I've spent on ALL online retailers in 13 years! And that includes 4 complete bike buildups!

    I might catch up to you about 2020....
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    That's kind of a lot but it's better than spending it on cigs, booze, or drugs.

    I know a guy at work that spends 100 a week on weed, 40 a week on smokes. So he's spending 560 a month, or 6720 annually, or 40320 over the the same time period.

    Some people drink 50-100 in a bar in a night.

    I don't smoke weed or cigarettes or do any drugs, just drink a bit so I don't mind spending a bit of money.

    Not quite that much on bikes but I understand, I dropped like 9k this year on my new 2012 KLR 650, farkles and some new riding gear.

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    Dont feel too bad man , i think in the past 2 years ive spent around a good $20k lol ... But as someone said , out of sight out of mind and dont like to think about the price. I must say tho , its a lot cheaper then when i was building up cars and bringing them to car shows or tearing shit at the track .

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    I would not begrudge a single penny of that six year spend. There are thousands and thousands of bad things to spend your discretionary income on...mountain biking doesn't sniff that list.

    I made a post on this forum last November when I returned to mountain biking after a long hiatus. I posted that mountain biking could very well be the perfect sport as it has the rare combination of three vital things:

    Thrill
    Skill
    Fitness

    Few other activities combine two of those...even fewer combine all three. Mountain biking is a great place to put your mental energy, physical energy, and discretionary income
    Add to this something that can not be imagined nor manufactured: putting oneself in places of rare chance, participation, and due sublimity. Our existence is irrevocably tied to the greater body natural, which bares us all. But it's easily forgotten. Any time spent in nature is time well spent. It affects all of us deeply whether we know it or not.

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    It's a lot but it's not in the same time (as long as you can afford it).

    Some passions are more expensive than others, I do kiteboarding too and that's a pricey one as well. I just spent $4200 on a new bike which is worth more than my car and my wife thinks it's too much but my last bike was a $500 1989 model on which I had replaced all the parts with nicer stuff over the years, it was like driving a tuned up Russian Lada against Subaru's STI.

    Some people buy sports cars and it's a lot more money, while they could just as well ride the same roads in comfort with a Kia but you can't ride serious MTB trails with a Walmart's bike...

    As long as it's not putting you in borderline bankruptcy and you are actually riding your bike as much as you can, you should not feel bad about it.

    Hope it makes you feel better ;-))

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapmackie View Post
    $15,522.11 is what I have spent on mountain bike parts just at universalcycles.com's web site in the past 6 years. I can only assume this number will double or triple throwing in ebay, amazon, lbs, craigslist, pinkbike and MTBR in which I have bought countless frames, components and clothing from. I'm beginning to wonder if I have a problem or if this is typical spending for your average mountain biker...? Is it normal to want to try every frame that has ever been made, every dropper post on the market, all the multicolored gadgets that scream out at me in every issue of mountain bike action magazine? To me, this is normal, this is how I get through my week, month or year...Spending (almost) every penny I own on something that will propel my smiling face through the woods at a high rate of speed; buying the latest and greatest golden gizmo that will give me the edge over my few buddies that can find the time to ride with me....Yes I have a spending problem, buy that'$ ok. I just wish universalcycles would send me a sticker every once and awhile....
    As long as you're riding the HELL out of all your stuff and you're not in financial trouble then why not?

    That being said, you can have a single $200 hardtail you got off Craigslist and be just as happy and skilled at blazing trails as a guy who drops $15,000.

    The single most passionate rider I know only owns one rigid mountain bike with road slicks, and its extremely inexpensive. Yet he rides anywhere from 16-80 miles every day, regardless of whether it's pouring rain or the dead of winter.

    Personally I feel guilty even owning 2 $1000 bikes even though they are getting ridden every day.
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    Excessive? I say you're committed! Go for it brother, you only go through here once.
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    I think that's more than I've spent in the last six years total. You have your priorities in the right place sire.

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    Like I've said before, it's okay to spend money on a hobby. The Lord Knows I spend plenty on income tax, property tax, medical insurance, disability insurance, licensing fees, fees for this, fees for that, vet bills, and a constant hemorrhaging of money that really contributes nothing to my material well-being but mostly goes to enrich other people.

    Screw it. I've spent roughly $35,000 over the last four years on bikes and parts and I don't regret a dime. It's true I bought a couple of bikes that didn't work out (a Cannondale Synapse road bike-what was I thinking?) but for the most part I like having a bunch of bikes that I can ride as the mood hits me.

    Just today I took the Carbon Stumpjumper for a spin and managed to rip the rear derailleur off and explode the chain. That'll cost a few hundred bucks to fix but I don't care. My local bike shop is the one place I actually enjoy spending money...even though I do haggle a little for form's sake.

    My ex, to whom I willingly and respectfully pay my alimony and child support, has no complaints. i take care of all of my responsibilities and $35,000 is a lot less over four years than a lot of divorced guys my age pay for a penis-enhancing sports car.

    Heck, this is my car: ($22,000. Two seats, radio, air-conditioning)
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    People spend that much on ski vacations, dining out over a few years, home entertainment systems, etc... Don't sweat it. If you're spending all your free time riding, good for you, if not, you should definitely have a blog where you review all this equipment...

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    Just guessing, you bought between 3 to 6 nice bikes, over the course of 2 years? (if you've been bargain hunting maybe more.) I bet you've got your eye on n+1 already! Must be nice.

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    $15,522.11 sticker

    Even if you spent $30,000 in 6 years, that works out to about $450 per month. Many people spend that on a car payment, eating out, bar tabs, golf, etc. All things considered, that isn't too bad.
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    Its only bad if you still have everything you bought and not using it (minus spares). If your reselling it or giving it away your fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimwg View Post
    Just guessing, you bought between 3 to 6 nice bikes, over the course of 2 years? (if you've been bargain hunting maybe more.) I bet you've got your eye on n+1 already! Must be nice.
    In the past 2 years I've owned a:

    turner 5 spot, still have
    morewood izimu,
    canfield nimble 9, still have
    kona explosif 650b, new project
    yeti sb66,
    evil sovereign
    turner rfx

    I don't even want to get into the bikes I've went through before these...
    Yes, I mainly just buy frames, build them up and ride them a bit to see if I like them then sell off what I'm not riding anymore. The turner spot and canfield are definite keepers...Hope the explosif lives up to the hype, the build is looking good so far..Went all out of course! Screw retirement!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattmers View Post
    Its only bad if you still have everything you bought and not using it (minus spares). If your reselling it or giving it away your fine
    Yeah, I'm definitely selling off what I don't use or need and always passing down parts to some newbie buddies of mine...Trying to get them hooked!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orthoguy View Post
    Excessive? I say you're committed! Go for it brother, you only go through here once.
    Exactly, only room for one thing in that box in the end! Can maybe squeeze in a set of hadley hubs and a dropper post to use in the after life
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ailuropoda View Post
    Like I've said before, it's okay to spend money on a hobby. The Lord Knows I spend plenty on income tax, property tax, medical insurance, disability insurance, licensing fees, fees for this, fees for that, vet bills, and a constant hemorrhaging of money that really contributes nothing to my material well-being but mostly goes to enrich other people.
    Funny coming from a guy whose salary comes from other people's income taxes, medical insurance and disability insurance.
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    $15522.11 over 6 years is about 0.49 of a cent (penny) per minute. Seems insignificant to me.
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    Or two cups of Starbucks a day.
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    That's not really that bad over 6 years. My wife graciously keeps track of my bike expenditures on a line item in our budget. $13.3k since November 2010. That doesn't count the cash I sneak by either. 3 bikes added to the quiver with that.

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    Funny coming from a guy whose salary comes from other people's income taxes, medical insurance and disability insurance.
    Whatever, Dude.

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    Whatever, Dr.
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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