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    How do you guys (and gals) afford to buy new bikes?

    With starting prices for a decent bike starting around $2500 or so, how do you afford to buy new (or even used) bikes?

    I ask this as someone who makes decent money. But with two kids, it's hard to lay out at least $2-3K for a new bike, let alone $5-6K for a bike. It is crazy how much bike prices have skyrocketed in the past 10-15 years.

    In the past, I generally switched off upgrading a frame and then 2-3 years later the drivetrain & fork, but with young kids in the house I have put off upgrading my drivetrain for about 10 years now. So, I am now looking at complete bikes.

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    Get a job and make decent money. Looks like you did that already. So then I would say budget and save. You got two kids so priorities change.
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    I assume most people rely on credit cards. But keep in mind the number of people buying new bikes is significantly lower than the number of people not buying new bikes. It's just a very vocal minority.

    Personally, I have to pay cash. I was lucky enough to get a bonus this year for coming through on an emergency project. Got the wife and I a pair of used FS 26ers for less than 1k. Had to sell the 29ers though since we don't have the room to keep a quiver of bikes.
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    Opening a bicycle department next to my Motorcycle business sure helped. :P

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    Work in the bike industry. If I didn't I'd probably still be riding my hardtail from the late 90's and my wife kids wouldn't be riding.

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    You really need the adventure of Craigslist. The only challenge is patience. I have seven bikes that total about $12,000 retail, and have actually paid less than $2,000 for ALL of them combined. They are all in nearly perfect condition. It's good to know what you want, before you get started....do a "Craigslist Search" and have at it. Learn to tinker...to service bearings, replace forks, tune up the deraillers....and you'll be singing while you save. I go onto Craigslist nearly every few days (not that I need anymore bikes, but a bug is a bug.) The only problem with Craigslist, is that if it is not close to home, rarely do they ship the goods....it's for local pick-up only. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuttttt..... if you make it easy for them (tell them to take it to the LBS and have them crate it and ship it (that's only about $75 for anywhere in the US). They just might bite on the easy of it. Good luck....be stingy. Smile.

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    How do you guys (and gals) afford to buy new bikes?

    My friends with kids buy 2-3 year old models from CL or through friends.

    I buy during the winter for deep discounts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nwbikur View Post
    Get a job and make decent money. Looks like you did that already. So then I would say budget and save. You got two kids so priorities change.
    Yep. I don't have kids and bikes are a priority for me. I give up some other things I'd like to have and save up to buy bikes and bike stuff.

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    Pick a favorite healthy hobby (mountain biking of course) and don't waste your money on other trash.

    Live simply otherwise.... modest home, vehicles, vacations, etc...

    Work hard and choose your profession wisely.

    Realize that while mountain biking is an expensive hobby, it does a great deal for your health. Few things are more important. Every day I care for sick, dying people. Sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, obesity - the plagues of America. I hope to stay healthy long enough to not be forced to retire. Biking is a big part of that plan. I'd like to work part time for many years after moving from full time.

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    I mean.... just think about it. Nearly every singel garage in the United States has one or more bicyles in it. 90% of those get ridden, almost NEVER. Times are harder than ever since the great depression....people are selling everything they don't use.
    There are DEALS everywhere, when the monthly mortgage is due. Just wait, lurk, search.... you will FIND what you want.

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    I buy last years model.. I saved 1k on my MTB and 3K on my roadie!

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    I go on CL and look for bikes that used to be 5-7k for 2.5k-3k. Typically you don't get a warranty on those but I've been lucky that I don't ever have issues with the bikes I buy. You can always wait for end of year sales to get that warranty. Some times, sellers of used or new parts online can offer those warranties if you worry about breaking anything.

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    I saved up for 13 months for the major parts, (frame,fork,wheels) and through out the year I would look for sales for the smaller parts. It may or may not cost more then buying a finished new bike but for me it's more fun. Your fortunate to have kids because my wife & I weren't able to so we spoil ourselves.

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    Ebay. I bought my SB95 for half the cost, almost perfect condition. My Horsethief was way under MSRP as well. Bought a Xcal as a demo for half off. Jenson USA probably hates how much I price match.

    Credit cards. Find a good 0% interest rate card, and pay it off before the rate expires.

    I do hate where the industry is going. I'm currently looking at forks and they are so overpriced. $1000 for a Pike, which is bad enough, but $1300 for a Fox 34. That's as much as replacing all the struts on your car. WTH! Then they only have a 30hr life before you need to do an oil change. /rant off

    Never pay retail, unless you are in a bind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptsube2002 View Post
    Ebay. I bought my SB95 for half the cost, almost perfect condition. My Horsethief was way under MSRP as well. Bought a Xcal as a demo for half off. Jenson USA probably hates how much I price match.

    Credit cards. Find a good 0% interest rate card, and pay it off before the rate expires.

    I do hate where the industry is going. I'm currently looking at forks and they are so overpriced. $1000 for a Pike, which is bad enough, but $1300 for a Fox 34. That's as much as replacing all the struts on your car. WTH! Then they only have a 30hr life before you need to do an oil change. /rant off

    Never pay retail, unless you are in a bind.
    What I find to be crazy is that I imagine that I am squarely in the bike industry's target as an ideal buyer other than having kids and being married. Maybe single guys who work in bike shops are the only people buying $6k bikes (at a discount!)?

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    dont want to insult anyone but i will tell you this. i have moved to usa some 8 years ago and i still cant believe how much unnecessary crap people buy here. seriously, when my neighbours open up their garages, there is stuff up to the ceiling that they dont use. my colleges complain how poor they are while making same money as i do while i can afford to get anything i want (be realistic here), while having kid and mortgage.
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    I am in agreement with everything with that has been said here.
    Except AZ... unless you were inclined prior to taking up cycling.

    My experience has been to purchase from various sources, but I have always been patient and set my price beforehand. Let curiosity lead you on a treasure hunt, be open to what comes along and be lucky.
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    I'm single no kids, so I probably have more expendable income. However, I refuse to pay retail on anything.
    I don't get how people drop $6k on a bike either. I haven't spent more than $2500 on any of mine. Patience is the key. It took a couple months on eBay each time I have bought a bike. You have to know what you're getting into, though.

    My uncle owned a shop growing up, and we paid cost. It wasn't a very big discount. I don't even think guys working at shops get great deals.

    Right now is a great time to buy. Tree Fort Bikes has great deals on 2013 Salsa's. Most shops are trying to get rid of their old stock. Look around as much as you can. It is possible to get a $4-6k bike for $2-3k. If I didn't already have a Horsethief, I would get the HT 2 for $1700 or the 1 for $2300. You really can't beat 50% off on a new bike.

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    I've cut back on coffee and the subway. If I ride the train to and from work, it's 5 bucks a day. I used to drink over ten bucks a day in coffee. I also try to remember to bring lunch to work. it all adds up.
    Then... I don't buy complete bikes for retail. I'll purchase a frame and if I can find it on sale, so much the better. I Ebay, swap meet and constantly search sales on parts.
    I also got a second job building bike wheels to help support my bike habit. Almost done workin' off my fat bike.
    Next thing I need to do is go through all my old parts and hot rod stuff I never use any more and get it on Ebay and make some money.
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    Simple, I can't afford them. Both my bikes are sub $1k, one was a cheap hardtail and my CX was given to me. I can't wait to finish graduate school!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brankulo View Post
    dont want to insult anyone but i will tell you this. i have moved to usa some 8 years ago and i still cant believe how much unnecessary crap people buy here. seriously, when my neighbours open up their garages, there is stuff up to the ceiling that they dont use. my colleges complain how poor they are while making same money as i do while i can afford to get anything i want (be realistic here), while having kid and mortgage.
    What you're saying is true. We buy a lot of stuff. We're encouraged to do so and we gladly oblige.

    Bikes are the only hobby I spend any significant money on.

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