How to Save Money on Cycling
Tips Provided by Our Helpful Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Cycling is a lot cheaper compared to driving a car. But it can still drain money from your pocket. Once you buy a bicycle, you will find opening your purse to pay for an assortment of cycling gear, repair and maintenance, parts upgrade and replacement, and event fees (if you are going to take part in cycling events). You will soon realize that nothing is free, not even cycling.
So here are some tip on how to save money on cycling.
- Buy a second hand bike
Let’s start from the beginning. A new high quality bicycle can make you poorer by several hundred dollars. But a second have bike that has not be used for more than a couple of years can be just as good as a new one. The owners are often willing to sell their bike for half the original price or even less. If you find someone who is willing to sell a second hand that has rarely been used and still looks like new, then grab it before another buyer stakes his claim. It will save you a lot of money.
- Do the regular maintenance yourself
Regular maintenance can cost a considerable amount of money in the long term. Instead of taking your bicycle to the local bike shop for every little thing, learn how to do basic maintenance yourself. Cleaning and lubing a bicycle doesn’t require much technical skill, but effectively prevents mechanical malfunctions. You can also quite easily tighten bolts and replace cables and hosing. If you are unsure about your skills, then you can learn them online.
- Learn to repair inner tube puncture
The part of a bicycle that need to be replaced most often is the inner tube. The good news is that it is not difficult to repair a punctured inner tube if you know how to do it. The only things you will need are a lever to pry the tube out of the tire and sealants to seal the puncture. So instead of pushing your bike to the bike shop every time you have a flat tire, learn to repair it yourself. You can learn to repair a punctured tire from a friend who is good at it or from websites like WikiHow (How to Mend a Puncture in a Bike Tire).
- Buy discounted or second hard gear
You don’t have to invest in shiny new gear for adequate protection. Discounted or second hand gear can be just as good as new ones if you know exactly what you are looking for. There are many online shops where you can buy bicycle gear at highly discounted prices. You can also search for second hard gear in your local community or social media group. Your local bike shop may also have an item or two to sell at a discounted price.
- Forget about winter gear
Winter gear can save you from a lot of trouble when it begins to snow and rain, but they do not come cheap. Instead of spending money on expensive gear, you can ward off the chill by wearing the winter clothes that you already own. On very cold days, you can wear a ski jacket, ski pants and boots. If you don’t have these also, then you can take what you have and improvise.
- Join a cycling club
Cycling clubs often offer favorable pricing on cycling gear, clothing and other items to their members. They also regularly organize events like group training rides and skills clinics. Local cycling teams and clubs are often sponsored by local bike clubs, which means membership fees are usually very low and you get access to many of their merchandise at discounted rates.
Bicycle accidents are very common and treatment of injuries can cost you a lot of money. If you are injured in a collision with a motor vehicle, you can get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. Talk to a premier bicycle accident lawyers to find out your options for recovery.
Our lawyers have decades of experience in providing excellent results in these areas of practice.