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 Post subject: cost of cycling
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 13:44 
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how much are your bikes costing to run?

When I looked at getting a bike it gave me heart failure because they seemed frighteningly expensive. What about tyres, maintanance, insurance and other sundry costs?


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 Post subject: Re: cost of cycling
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 15:05 
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A lot cheaper than a car, but not "free" by any stretch.

Tyres £15-20 each, will last 3-5000 miles. At around same mileage you will need new chain and cassette (£30-50). Brake pads every 2000 miles (£10).

Third party insurance £36 with CTC membership.

Above examples are for a mid-range (£500-£1000) road bike. If you do more than a few miles each way you will need to spend a bit on suitable clothing too.

It's entirely possible to get costs well below these, but I find this amount of spend gets me a fast, enjoyable and reliable mode of transport suitable for 4-5000 miles per year.


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 Post subject: Re: cost of cycling
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 19:40 
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It's not too bad.

I just had to fork seventy quid for a new front wheel, my chains last for about 1,300 miles in winter (that's about 13 weeks, I do 100 miles a week or so), and in london my tyres don't so much wear out before I have to replace them when I start getting punctures through the holes made by previous punctures.

Other than that I've not spent much on my bike for two years.


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 Post subject: Re: cost of cycling
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 19:42 
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JBr wrote:
At around same mileage you will need new chain and cassette (£30-50)


Replace the chain more often and you don't have to change the cassette.

If you don't replace it by the time it's worn to a 16th of an inch over one foot then you should replace the cassette too, but if you catch if before then it's OK.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chains.html


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 Post subject: Re: cost of cycling
PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 21:15 
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Bike - £25

Lock + pump was about £12 for the pair.

Lights, about £5 for a set.

Spare innertube £3.50 (is it even worth buying a repair kit?)

Pair of road tyres, £15

Helmet, £27 (it's worth splashing out for something with an adjustable headband).

Cycling waterproof / hi viz jacket £20

Already had pretty much everything I need.

Used the bike for a year then upgraded to something a little better for the outrageous sum of £100, not had to replace any parts on either of them.


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