Cheapcycle (Cheap Bicycle): Biking For Almost Free
|Break Away with a Cheap Bike|
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The other day, I had the day off from work with no particular plans. I ended up going for a 4 hour bike ride along the lake near my house. This was a really fun way to spend an afternoon, plus it was almost free!
My bike is a 1972 Schwinn that my father gave me. I am sure someone paid for it somewhere along the line, but I was happy to get it for free! I did spend about $25 to outfit it with off-road tires for riding on trails along the lake. I added an LED headlight/tail light for $15, and I ride with my $15 bike helmet.
My son gave my some biking gloves for my birthday last year which are great for long rides. I have some lightweight shoes that I wear for cycling- I got these for $25 for my son about 4 years ago, but I ended up wearing them myself. Now that the shoes are wearing out I try to save them mostly for bike riding.
I have a nice Camelbak water bottle that the team at Wise Bread gave me as a gift one time. I paid $8 for a fanny pack to carry my keys and cell phone while I ride. Me wearing a fanny pack looks as ridiculous as it sounds, but things tend to fall out of my shorts pockets while I ride and hike...
As you can see, I have some pretty nice biking gear for almost free that allows me to go on virtually unlimited adventures.
Even if you aren't lucky enough to have someone give you a classic bike, you can find good bikes for cheap or even free. I bought a 1983 Schwinn Caliente that I found for sale on someone's front porch. I wanted a cheap bike to keep at work so I could go for a ride at lunch time. The asking price for the bike was $35, but I bargained the price down to $28 since this was how much I had in my wallet. After riding the bike for several years, I sold it for $35.
Check out cycling as a cheap hobby and good way to get exercise.