i only half agree with your statements.acctx wrote:....My bike cost about 4K, then about 1K in upgrades and $500 in tools. Riding about 3-4 days/week, my operating cost will probably be about $50 a month which represents wear on the drive train, tires (which run about $70 each) and suspension servicing. You also need a backup bike so you dont miss any days in case you break something that takes a few weeks to get parts for. My backup bike cost about 1K. If you break a wheel that will cost about $500, if you break a chain that will be about $100. A rear derailleur will run you about $150....
Maybe it depends on the terrain if it is mostly dirt then I can see how there isnt a lot of maintenance. We have a lot of sharp limestone rocks, rock drops etc. Lots of rock dust. The sharp rocks tear into sidewalls and wear down tires, eat derailleurs and snap brake levers.The rock dust slowly eats away the drivetrain. The rocks also hurt a lot more than dirt /bushes when you crash.KiteCulture wrote:i love both sports because it keeps me busy when I can't kite. For me, the best location is a three hour drive (near our cottage) and with a 2 year old, kiting time is precious and not nearly as often as I'd like. I've also starting mountain bike racing this year, and man, what a thrill. I don't live in the mountains and the racing has been cross country based (no worries, no spandex for this guy). I really only climb the hills so I can go down em. Been doing pretty good this year too. But my biking is way less expensive than my kiting. I bike 3 plus days a week. My rid total cost is about 3 grand (bike, helmets, pads, and so on). I bomb the hills and have been over the bars once or twice with no issue. The bike gets tuned at the beginning of the season ($150) and maybe a repair here or there if needed (maybe $200 a summer).
Kiting... I've got a 7,9,11,13 all at about $1200 - $1600 per kite. two boards, snowboards, wetsuits and harness. Safe to say my kiting gear is way more expensive than the bike gear (great bike brand and quality too).
Happy riding... no matter what you're riding.
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