Bicycles and frugality seems greatly undermined in the frugal community, no solid comprehensive articles exist in this regard. This thread is an attempt about getting a frugal bicycle and the savings it has on
our lives. I wanted to do this thread for a long time and have been
dealying it. Will slowly do this piece by piece based on the experience I have so far.
By just having a bicycle instead of a car, one can save between 20K to 40K in two years (this is just my rough estimate). Moreover, there are several other advantages to cycling as discussed here:
In the Book Divorce your Car, the Author describes in great detail
the enormous savings of using a bicycle as opposed to a Car, in the few
instances that a car is needed, one can rent a Can. This situation
however varies for those with children etc., etc., Review of this can be read at Amazon.com
If buying a new Bicycle, buy it towards end of season, where I live this starts around mid july. Plan everything in advance and have backups.
Several who buy bicycles are not sure how to use/maintain them and throw them away or sell them at real low prices. These can be obtained/fixed easily and then profitably used. Here is a site that helps in rebuilding old bicycles:
Another site on fixing used/vintage Bicycles:
A Whole Bunch of Do It Your Self Bicycle Projects (thanks to bicycling.about.com Guide for this)
Frugal Bicycle Touring Article (thanks to bicycling.about.com Guide for this):
Learning Bicycle Mechanics is frugal as these repairs can run more than the cost of the bicycle itself:
Visit a few local bicycle shops and have a few backup plans for repairs that need pros.
Good bicycles are stolen easily. Preventing this is important:
Bicycle Theft Video:
Several car lubricants can be used for bicycles. For eg.,:
Degreaser, Grease, Chain Lube etc.,
Checkout local library for books on bicycling. Read books on the following topics:
1. General Urban Cycling
2. Long Distance Cycling
3. Bicycle Mechanics
Used Cycle Related Links for reference:
Tuffy the anti puncture tape, puncture resistant tube/tyre etc., are
all frugal. Flats cost time, energy interms of repair, specially are
not good in remote places, at high sun, rain, on a slope, closer to
Having a good basic set of bicycle repair tools, repair stand is frugal.
Some Sites on Bicycle Uses specially in Emergency:
a local bicycle club, specially one that teaches bicycle repair
courses. Networking with other key cyclists in your area is also frugal.
Good Bicycle Related Links:
This site is excellent:
Dime on the Dollar - Bicycle Trailer
Usenet Bicycle FAQs
Usenet Newsgroups Related to Bicycles:
Those with experience feel free to add anymore.
Thanks in advance and happy exploration.