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    The scars of racing

    Nope, not the ones on our legs, the ones on our bank accounts.

    This post is a tribute to those whose paycheck auto-deposited at 12AM this morning, and was auto-gone for bills, car payments, and credit card payments by 8AM.

    It's not the shaved legs, the training, the cut bodies, or the blinging bikes that identify us. It's the credit card debt, the race plates, the box full of broken parts, the airline ticket stubs, the pictures, the trophies, and the glory that do.

    So, in tribute, post a list of all those things that have you in debt, but living the life.

    Here's my list:
    - 3 sets of tires (One hardpack, one loose, and one mud)
    - Broken X-0 grip shifters that blew up at the last mudfest (grrr)
    - Brand new X-0 triggers still in their box
    - Stans, Stans, Stans
    - A bag full of varied lubes (haha, yeah, jokes, I know)
    - Chammois cream
    - Chains
    - Bar tape
    - Power meter
    - Training books
    - Hammer stuffs
    - etc, etc, etc So much more, I don't even know where to begin

    Embrace the broke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhen
    Nope, not the ones on our legs, the ones on our bank accounts.

    This post is a tribute to those whose paycheck auto-deposited at 12AM this morning, and was auto-gone for bills, car payments, and credit card payments by 8AM.

    It's not the shaved legs, the training, the cut bodies, or the blinging bikes that identify us. It's the credit card debt, the race plates, the box full of broken parts, the airline ticket stubs, the pictures, the trophies, and the glory that do.

    So, in tribute, post a list of all those things that have you in debt, but living the life.

    Here's my list:
    - 3 sets of tires (One hardpack, one loose, and one mud)
    - Broken X-0 grip shifters that blew up at the last mudfest (grrr)
    - Brand new X-0 triggers still in their box
    - Stans, Stans, Stans
    - A bag full of varied lubes (haha, yeah, jokes, I know)
    - Chammois cream
    - Chains
    - Bar tape
    - Power meter
    - Training books
    - Hammer stuffs
    - etc, etc, etc So much more, I don't even know where to begin

    Embrace the broke!

    I'll tell you what has hurt me this year. Gas prices. My income is the same. The number of races I'm doing is about the same. My non-bike expenses are about the same. The only thing that has really changed are the gas prices, and it's really hurting the negative hole in my wallet.

    And d@mn the mud. Those races can be fun, but they sure do cost a lot of coin.

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    How could I forget gas? Damn wars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhen
    Nope, not the ones on our legs, the ones on our bank accounts.
    I've been slacking this year - only about 6 races. 10 if you include the TT series.

    My unexpected costs have been:
    $60 - in late registration fees
    $20 in experimenting with different kinds of gel (NO MORE MOCHA MOCHA!)
    $3 - some new grips.
    $15 - new cables

    Still riding the same race-bike I rode the last 3 years. Got it where I like it, and haven't broken anything. Haven't flatted, only ride the tires in races...

    Yeah - the gas prices are bad, but the farthest I have driven is 60 miles for a race.

    It's been a cheap race year for me.

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