Mountain biking can be an exhilarating and challenging sport that is enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. However, it’s often seen as an expensive sport that requires a significant investment in equipment and gear. While it’s true that mountain biking can be costly, it is possible to enjoy the sport on a limited budget.
Here are six Broken Riders tips for mountain biking on a budget:
1. Buy a used bike
One of the biggest expenses in mountain biking is the cost of the bike itself. However, buying a used bike can be a great way to save money. Look for local classified ads, online marketplaces such as Pinkbike or eBay, and bike shops that sell used bikes. If you can, inspect the bike carefully before purchasing and ask for a test ride if possible.
2. Focus on the essentials
When starting out, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of the sport and want to buy every piece of gear imaginable. However, it's important to focus on the essentials when on a budget. Start with the basics such as a helmet, gloves, and a decent pair of cycling shorts (your ass will thank you for it!). As you progress, you can add more gear such as knee pads, shoes, and a hydration pack.
3. Invest in quality equipment
While it may be tempting to buy the cheapest gear available, investing in quality equipment can save you money in the long run. Cheap gear will wear out quickly and need to be replaced more often, which can end up being more expensive in the long run. Look for sales and discounts on quality gear and consider buying gear out of season when it is on sale.
4. Join a group or club
Joining a mountain biking group or club can be a great way to save money on equipment and learn from more experienced riders. Many clubs offer discounts on gear, and members may be willing to loan or sell equipment to other members. Also, riding with a group can be safer and more enjoyable than riding alone.
5. Ride local trails
While traveling to exotic destinations to ride may be exciting, it can also be expensive. Instead, focus on riding local trails. Many areas have free to ride trails that are just as challenging and enjoyable as options such as bike parks, where you'll have to pay to ride. In addition, riding local trails can help you build your skills and confidence without breaking the bank.
6. Do your own maintenance
Bike maintenance can be expensive if you rely on a bike shop for all repairs and adjustments. However, with a little knowledge and some basic tools, you can do many repairs and adjustments yourself. YouTube and other online resources offer tutorials on how to do everything from adjusting brakes to replacing a chain.
Mountain biking can be an expensive sport, but with a little creativity and effort, it is possible to enjoy the sport on a budget. By focusing on the essentials, investing in quality equipment, and joining a group or club, you can save money and still have a great time on the trails. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the ride!