16 Money Saving Tips For Mountain Biking

16 Money Saving Tips For Mountain Biking


– Mountain biking can be expensive, but here at GMBN we’re
gonna give you some tips on how to save money. (upbeat music) The first one from me is don’t get caught in the tech race. There’s always gonna be
bigger, better, more expensive, new bikes coming out on the market but get yourself onto eBay,
buy yourself a 26 inch wheel bike, do it up. That will be a really cheap way
to get into mountain biking. – Learning to work on
your bike will definitely save you a lot of money in the long run, even just doing the small
jobs like fixing punctures, cleaning a bike, changing
cables, stuff like that will definitely save you money. – Think twice about throwing
away all your old bits. Save these parts and spares,
’cause you potentially could repair them. – Bulk buying is a
really cost effective way to save some pennies on your bike care. Now things like inner
tubes or bike cleaner, where you can buy it in concentrated form and mix your own solution,
all of these little things will actually help you
save money in the long run. – Now I’ve just done a whole video on how to avoid punctures
but there’s a free way of really doing this, it’s
just to pump your tires harder. You’re not gonna pinch your tubes, you’re not gonna damage
your tires as much, you’re not gonna get as much
grip, but it’s a free way of avoiding punctures. – If you’re looking to get a new bike, perhaps a secondhand one, maybe some kit or components, then do be
sure to check out websites like eBay, Gumtree, and even on Facebook and social media forums where things are being sold constantly. – Another tip with tires,
and this is something that I used to do when I
raced, is often your rear tire will wear out the quickest,
so what I would then do is buy a new tire, put that on the front, and stick my old front tire on the back. And to keep rotating tires like that, new one goes on the front,
front one goes on the back. – Again the same thing applies if you’re changing your
gear cables for example, keep that old cable, chop
it down because it might make a good seat post cable
or a front (mumbling) cable, or another cable for use on your bike. Just think with purpose. – Booking your travel early, you can always find
yourself a good bargain right at the beginning. Early bird catches the early worm. Or build your trip around
a cheap flight first. Another great way to save some money is by checking a local bike shop and online stores for end of
season sales and clearance. This is a great way to find
some bikes, components, and kit at a fraction of the retail cost. – If you tend to ride some rough terrain like bike parks or out in the mountains, keep those old tires
because you can cut them and zip tie them to the
bottom of your down tube, just to protect your
bike a little bit more from those heavy rocks. – Only a rich man buys cheap tools. What I mean by that is if
you buy the decent tools the first time around, you won’t need to constantly replace
them when they wear out. Now you can be tactical about this. Alum keys for example,
you use them constantly on a bike, cheap ones deform, they can damage the
bolt heads on your bike, and they wear out, which means you’re gonna have to replace more things. Get decent alum keys from the get go and you’re good to go. – If your pedals feel
a little bit slippery, don’t buy some new ones. Think about putting some
new pins in those pedals. And if you wanna make a
little bit of extra money on the side, maybe you’re
saving up for a new bike, then do have a look at how
you can help at local events races, especially things like marshaling. Usually you get a little bit of money, you might get a free
meal, and you get to ride the course as well, if you can. – The natural trails are
free, so whilst it can be really tempting to go to a bike park, often you’ll get a coffee, get a burger, walk around the bike shop, and be tempted to spend more money. So go and ride out in the
open on those natural trails. – And the most obvious one
is to look after your bike. Keep it clean, the amount
of stuff that just wears on your bike that you don’t notice if it’s covered in mud and grime and all the sort of just
stuff you get accumulated on the transmission there. Also means when you’re cleaning your bike you can inspect it for damage and see if things are worn out. Just think, little and
often will save you money. – And if you’ve enjoyed this, then be sure to click over here where
you can have a look at how to avoid punctures with Neil. And as always, do be sure
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