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Yearly memberships, such as the Club Northwest’s annual membership, are good value! Join a local cycling club, ideally one that lives by its name and stays active throughout the year. Packed with cycling enthusiasts, chances are good you’ll find a cycling buddy who is willing to hang out through the winter to help you stay motivated and fit.
Wait for the Sales
Wait for Off Season Sales
More and more stores are realizing that cyclers will go all year round, and so they now carry all year products even if they are not "on sale" in the off season. I have done my last 2 bikes here, and they negotiate based on what you owe for this year.
Additionally I just got my latest hardtail frame, which they don't carry on display, delivered as a demo model. My bike was assembled because I use the same components in the frameset as my previous bikes.
For example, I can ride my summer bike through the winter, and then if I want to change gears to a Shimano mountain bike for a while when I head into the hills, there is no point in having to buy new wheels, new brakes etc, and so I keep buying the same frame, and change out parts to suit the moment, and in winter, I change the breaks, and wheels, and cross-bars etc. This saves a fortune over the year, both in components and labour to get the bike changed.
Another tip is to upgrade at the end of each season. This means that you get the best depreciation on a bike and you get the design and the color that you really want.
Use Price Matching
When you want to buy a new bicycle, you can always find a best bike under 500. But there is one problem, you may find different bikes from different dealers but a single place. This is where price matching service comes into play.
Make a list of all essential features and accessories you wish from your bicycle, and then go to the nearest bike showroom or log into your online dealer’s website to compare the prices. You can also make out a list of various preferred brands. Now contact your local bike store to see if they offer such a price matching service or not. If they do, then they will match the prices of their competitors for you.
Don’t forget to ask for the models you are interested in, as well as the exact accessories and features you want to know from the other brands. Because this may take time, make sure that you have enough time to shop around since it’s possible you may end up with more than one store you want to buy the bicycle from.
For example, you don’t need to spend a great deal of cash on the latest mountain bikes. Decent quality older models can be bought at very affordable rates. If you want your money to go as far as possible, opt for secondhand bikes. Likewise, if you want to ensure you don’t wait forever for any bike, consider secondhand when you’re in a hurry.
Opt for Some Weight Penalty
One of the most obvious and easiest ways to save on a bike is to get the lightest frame possible that is still within the budget.
While this advice may seem basic, as a beginner you can bet that a lot of people take this for granted. The name of the game is to be as light as possible but to gain mass as you go through the ranks. With those who do this being quick to reap the rewards.
Alloy over Carbon
It’s easy to imagine carbon fiber as the embodiment of the modern bike from the outside, but it’s not as prevalent as some might think. It’s the material for 90 percent of high-end bikes, but if you look at entry level or mid-range bikes, you’ll find the frame is constructed from alloy. This is a cheaper and lighter material which is why it’s been widely adopted across the board.
The only reason carbon fiber has become so popular is the fact it has a very light weight-to-strength ratio. This is key for big hills or for racing. However, it also makes the bike vulnerable to damage.
With alloy, you must use pannier racks instead of racks that attach directly to the bike. Also, you should be careful not to tighten the bike’s screws over-tight. All this points to a steel bike being more long-lasting, and therefore cheaper in the long-term.
In short, you’re making a better investment by purchasing an alloy frame. It’s the best bike material for those who take their bike riding seriously.
Patch, don’t Replace
Tires and tubes that have more than a few punctures are worth patching instead of replacing, particularly if you only do occasional riding. Just make sure the tire is completely smooth and round and you have a lot of patch material before you get started. Any time you’re patching punctures, use a cycle-specific patch that’s designed for heavy-duty punctures – like a Kevlar patch. And don’t forget to pump up your tires after patching. You’ll be surprised at how tricky it is to get them pumped up after patching.
Join a Cycling Club or Group
Joining a cycling club or group can save you some money while allowing you to ride with other people and improve your stamina and health. Many cycling groups regularly rent or borrow a trailer to use to carry extra gear or to transport one of their less experienced members. By pooling resources, the entire group benefits.
Learn Prevention Maintenance
Prevention maintenance is a great concept for cyclists. Do your best to avoid getting stuck in a situation where you have a spare tube and pump at the ready. If you practice prevention maintenance, you will not only save yourself time and money, but you will also not have to worry about finding a place to fix a flat and losing riding time. Prevention maintenance allows you to control the situation and repairs when it is needed. The following tips will help you bike happy and save money!
Do your own bike repairs. The more you understand how your bike works, the less likely you are to put off repairs for too long. Also, as you get more familiar with how your bike works, it becomes more apparent when something needs to be fixed.
Keep your bike in good shape. A bike that is not maintained well will not last a rider very long. Keep your tires inflated to the levels recommended by the manufacturer. Also, keep your chain lubricated as suggested.
Ensure that your bike fits you correctly. A bike that does not fit you properly will cause strain while you ride it. Also, it will not respond the way it is designed to in certain situations. This strain can be avoided by having your bike professionally set for your height and riding style.