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Money Saving Tips for Cyclists

Updated on April 13, 2013
Do you really need another?
Do you really need another? | Source
Cheaper altrernative to expensive energy bars
Cheaper altrernative to expensive energy bars | Source
Deacthlon 1.99 water bottle in green
Deacthlon 1.99 water bottle in green | Source

Cycling can be an expensive sport

How can you potentially save money as a cyclist while still enjoying the benefits?

1. Do you really need a new bike?

Every cyclist dreams of their next bike. Whether it is a beautifully sculpted Carbon Fibre Pinarello Dogma with 11 speed Super Record or a full XTR equipped full suspension Specialized S Works. We can all dream. The ideal cycling formula

Ideal Number of bikes = N + ≥1 (where N is your current number of bikes)

Do you really need another bike or is your current selection sufficient?

2. Do you really need a wardrobe full of Assos clothing?

Assos clothing is great, yet very very very expensive. Do you need to spend more than £/$100 on a pair of bib shorts? Consider other options and you could get the same level of performance for around half the price. You could go for something that will mark you out as an individual when you're on the local group ride. My best example of this is where I purchased the Columbian National Team Jersey and have had many riders ask me where I got it from! I even was asked by a Columbian gentleman to have my photo taken with him atop of a Spanish Mountain last Summer. Sadly he has the photo!

Assos clothing is well marketing and every cyclist wantes to ask "is the assos girl from the ads a cyclist? Well she's a model that helps assos to sell large amounts of cycle clothing.

3. Strike Up a relationship with your LBS (Local Bike Shop)

Your LBS will likely be a hub of activity with information on local rides and riders across many disciplines. If you're a "regular" at your Local Bike Shop they will highly likely look after you as a respected regular customer by prioritising work and even possibly offering discount.

4. Can you sort out any problems yourself?

A good bike maintenance book is a great gift for any cyclist as they usually show how everything is done. This can often save a lot of money through using your LBS as labour costs will not be included. If you also purchase replacement items online think about if you could use a cashback site. In the UK we have Topcashback which offers cashback on purchases through online retailers like Chain Reaction and Wiggle who already offer extremely competitive prices.

5. Are sports drinks and specialist energy bars eating away at your wallet?

Do you really need to take a sports drink with you on every ride? Could you take a bottle of water and one sports drink? On especially hot days simply drinking water may be gentler on your stomach. Or look at making your own Isotonic Sports Drinks

Do you need a back pocket full of Powerbars? Many supermarkets have packets of ceral bars for less than the price of a single Powerbar and often these taste much better too!

6. Expensive Bidons

Bidons (waterbottles) can get rather expensive as we all seem to need so many. Many cycle shops sell them for around £3.50 or more. If you pop in your local Pound Shop you can often pick them up for a Pound. Or alternately if there is a Decathlon near you you could pick up some of their water bottles for £1.99 each in a plethora of different colours to match your kit, bike or mood. (See photo for design)

These are just a few suggestions- Do you have any other suggestions you could share?

Happy cycling


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      Liam Hallam 6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Thanks Flarefitness. I have nothing against the wearing of assos clothing as it is exceptionally comfortable however ridiculously expensive in a recession. I have a few items myself including their fantastic Airblock winter tights which are worth the money.

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      Flarefitness 6 years ago from Edmonton, AB

      Interesting read! As a PFT I'm always looking for creative and fun ways to challenge my clientele. I will definately put your money saving tips for cycling to good use - I love the information about Assos clothing. Just because you wear it doesn't make you a cyclist :D. Good luck with your hubnugget!

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      Liam Hallam 6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Thanks ripplemaker, I never knew about Hubnuggets when I first wrote this Hub so it is a great honour to be nominated.

      In sales terminology it is all about Needs, Wants and Likes- whereby you aim to satisfy the needs first. You may want or like a new bike. However do you really need it? (Like a new camera lol)

      It is great to have a passion.

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I guess like the photographer, the cyclist always dream of the new bike! LOL Sounds familiar to many of those who have hobbies and passions. That is a good question, do you really need it? LOL

      I love giving good news! Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. This way to the Hubnuggets forum And click the link there so you can participate in the Hubnuggets Fun. Enjoy!

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      Liam Hallam 6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Thanks cherry and thanks networkrecruiting for your feedback.

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      networkrecruiting 6 years ago from Spicy Alabama

      I don't cycle but, my daughter does and is a great hub for her to read. Thank you for sharing.

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      January Moon 6 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      Wow very good information,especially for me, i dont know much about cycling, great ways to save money also :)

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      Liam Hallam 6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Thanks Wayn.

      I've never tried to take my bike on the train tbh. I plan on writing a hub based on making economy energy drinks so watch this space!

      Any tips you have on better writing would be greatly appreciated

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      Wayne K. WIlkins 6 years ago from Birmingham, England.

      It is true, energy drinks are terrible. Whenever I go cycling I always seem to stock up on them. Luckily, I get the cheap ones at 29p a can but still, they are bad for you. A waste of 29p on sugar-filled energy that is short-term and leaves you on a downer afterwards. It doesn't even hydrate! Next time i'm going to take a bottle of water out with me instead.

      Also, another money saving cycling tip that I have found useful. Take advantage of the train to get from A - B when cycling rather than driving yourself. You might have to pay a couple of quid extra but most of the time you can get away with a regular ticket. Saves on the petrol and considering you can get a train ticket for 15 quid from Birmingham to Wales, that is a cycling route on a budget you can't argue with especially considering it usually costs 30 quid plus to go in the car.

      Quality Hub mate keep up the great work!

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      Liam Hallam 6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Thanks Catman for your feedback.

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      Mark 6 years ago from England, UK

      I loved these money saving tips for cyclists.