Monday, July 18, 2011

Thrifty Thrashing Tip #3: Choose Your Battles

Keeping your mountain bike and riding gear in good repair can seem like a never-ending war. In this war, it is important that you carefully choose which battles you really want to fight, and which you might just need to let go. 

For instance, I was really hoping to do a race in mid August. Unfortunately, my riding shoes completely fell apart  last week. They were well over 3 years old and had seen thousands of miles of singletrack all across the nation, and they had finally had it. I had to make the tough decision to stick some real money in a new pair of shoes... not the most expensive, but definitely not the cheapest. By choosing to win that battle, I effectively canceled out the possibility of racing in August.

The key to choosing the right battle is to determine which is a more pressing issue. Obviously in this example, doing a race was a luxury, but without decent shoes I wasn't going to be riding my mountain bike--period! Other times the decision isn't quite so cut-and-dry, so ask yourself: "what will help me the most in the quest to keep the wheels rolling?"


J.B.,  July 18, 2011 at 9:11 AM  

my biggest quest is not being lazy. lol. I need some new shoes too, what kind did you get?

Greg Heil July 18, 2011 at 9:20 AM  

Haha good quest! I got the shoes pictured: the Mavic Razors. Awesome shoes, I'm very happy with my purchase! They seem like an excellent value.

eastwood July 18, 2011 at 11:09 AM  

I've been looking at the Razors myself, they do look pretty sweet and not a bad price.

Greg Heil July 18, 2011 at 8:46 PM  

I definitely recommend them! When I first hopped on the bike with my new shoes I just started laughing hysterically at how sloppy and nasty my old ones were. (From long years of use) It's a world of difference! Money well spent!

Jeremy (GoldenGoose),  July 19, 2011 at 9:18 PM  

Whats the tread like on the bottom? Hard plastic or rubbery? I need a replacement but I want something I can hike in a little more for the bikepacking trips. Slick rocks and hard plastic tread don't mix. BTW, you missed out on the Pisgah trip. That place is stupid fun!!

Greg Heil July 20, 2011 at 8:40 AM  

It has big rubbery tread on the outside and inside of the cleat and in the heel (the gray stuff in the photo), and removable cleats in the toes.

I know I missed out, that place is EPIC! I so need to spend more time in Pisgah. On of these months................

Glad you had fun!

Anonymous,  July 20, 2011 at 9:54 PM  

how stiff is the outersole, does it flex at all when your really cranking on the pedals or just when your walking?

Greg Heil July 21, 2011 at 6:58 PM  

It's not as stiff as a carbon shoe, but it's pretty dang stiff

Anonymous,  July 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM  

I have come to realize that if you dare not a contender in a race it is than just about having fun. Since this is the case for me, I may do a race a year or so but at the same time the money saved can be used to maintain the bike.


Greg Heil July 25, 2011 at 9:18 PM  

Yeah those races are expensive! Think I'm going to do a post or two specifically on that topic

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