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decessus

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How would you trim the cost of this purchase for bicycling down?
« on: September 28, 2014, 11:09:16 PM »
Hi,

So I'm trying to see how "mustachian" my mindset is.  I've tried searching for most of the below on Craigslist (except for the luggage strap) and came up empty-handed.   So the below is what I plan to buy from Amazon.  Is there a cheaper way I could go about this?  I feel like this is as low as I can go, but I'm sure the more experienced can give tips for improvement at cost cutting.

1) Park Tool I-Beam Mini Fold-Up with Chain Tool by Park Tool $24.26 - for bike repairs in case a breakdown happens

2)  TOOGOO(R) Plastic Release Buckle Adjustable Luggage Strap $3.78 - to hold the pannier bags (I've recently lost due to bad bungee cords)

3)  Axiom Seymour DLX 30 Pannier $64.00 - pannier bags to carry clothes, lunch to work

4)  Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 Standard Bicycle U-Lock with Transit FlexFrame Bracket (4-inch x 9-inch) with 4-Foot Flex Cable $35.95 - I live in a big city, so some type of lock is necessary

Total cost: ~$127


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Re: How would you trim the cost of this purchase for bicycling down?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2014, 01:59:12 AM »
My two cents is that bike accessories are just part of owning and riding a bike. I haven't owned a car in 4 years so, yes, I spent close to $1000 for bike/bike parts/bike accessories over the last few years and bike EVERYWHERE.

However, I will say that the FlexFrame bracket for the Kryptonite locks SUCK. I have installed one for myself (and then had a few different pro bike mechanics re-install it, several times and one for a friend and both of them fell off after a few days. I think Kryptonite messed something up with these.

The pannier bags seem a bit pricey - can you get ANY of these things on Ebay, used? Local craigslist is NOT the only option.

Good luck.

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Re: How would you trim the cost of this purchase for bicycling down?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2014, 08:01:20 AM »
No need to trim any of these purchases down. Biking is already such a huge money saver that it makes sense to buy high quality items that will make your riding more reliable and comfortable for many years. If I'm not mistaken, the price of the panniers is for TWO bags. If so, those are actually quite cheap. You should inspect them carefully when they arrive to make sure they will hold up over years of riding.

decessus

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Re: How would you trim the cost of this purchase for bicycling down?
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2014, 07:48:10 PM »
Thank you for the suggestions, I found a U-lock (not the Kryptonite, but I don't need something that fancy) on e-bay, and decided to buy the Kryptonite flex cable on Amazon, cutting the purchase price of the lock down to $20.