Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thrifty Thrashing Tips: New Column from Greg Rides Trails

Ever wondered how the heck you can afford to keep mountain biking? I know I have. It's a pretty expensive sport that we're all addicted to.

First, there's the initial big investment of buying a bike. Then, there's all the gear that goes along with being a mountain biker. Some things like tires and inner tubes and chains wear out on a regular basis, and some things need regular maintenance. Sometimes when you crash, a part bends a way it wasn't ever supposed to bend, and then you need to buy a new one....  Or what happens when the bike you bought a couple years back just isn't "good enough" anymore?

Yeah, mountain biking costs money... and sometimes it can cost some serious $$.

But, I'm here to tell you that it doesn't have to break you--mountain biking can be an affordable sport!

Over the last 6 years I've been a mountain biker, I've been in high school, college, or just working to pay the rent, and I have never had what I would consider spare money floating around. In order to keep my mountain biking habit alive, I've had to create my own arsenal of tips and tricks to keep this sport affordable.

And now I am going to share them with you in a new column called"Thrifty Thrashing Tips," exclusively here on Greg Rides Trails.

I'm planning on publishing one short "tip" each week to help you save money and keep mountain biking, even if you're on a tight budget. These tips aren't going to be long thousand-word blog posts, but hopefully some of them will help you consider ways to keep pedaling singletack, even if money's tight.

If you haven't already, "Like" Greg Rides Trails on Facebook, grab the RSS feed, and get ready for some Thrifty Thrashing Tips!

4 comments:

j June 23, 2011 at 4:21 PM  

Tip #1 - become a blogger that gets free bikes from Airborne
Tip #2 - dirtbag tomato soup (old ski lodge trick). free ketchup packets, free saltines, a little creamer, and hot water

Greg Heil June 23, 2011 at 4:28 PM  

Free bikes definitely help! :D But I had been mountain biking on a budget long before I signed on with Airborne.

I wish everyone could get a sponsorship, but unfortunately, it'll never happen.

As for tip #2, free ANYTHING is good!

Loving the Bike June 23, 2011 at 4:32 PM  

Congratulations Greg....this looks to be a fantastic column.


Darryl

Greg Heil June 23, 2011 at 4:33 PM  

Thanks Darryl! I think it'll be fun!

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