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post #31 of 34
I live right by great MTB trails. MTB is therefore cheaper.

If I lived right by skiing, and therefore right by MTBing as well, and I had what I wanted gear wise for each sport, then they'd be the same more or less. Said differently, I'd keep spending more or less the same activity budget all year long.

So the real question is this: is just moving near a ski resort cheaper so that all of your trails are local?
post #32 of 34
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Originally Posted by NayBreak View Post

I live right by great MTB trails. MTB is therefore cheaper.

If I lived right by skiing, and therefore right by MTBing as well, and I had what I wanted gear wise for each sport, then they'd be the same more or less. Said differently, I'd keep spending more or less the same activity budget all year long.

So the real question is this: is just moving near a ski resort cheaper so that all of your trails are local?

 

Depends on your definition of "near" - ski resorts being notoriously low on highly-paid jobs.

post #33 of 34
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post

Depends on your definition of "near" - ski resorts being notoriously low on highly-paid jobs.

I meant "to" in terms of proximity. You gotta bring your income, but location is definitely an equalizer if you ski and MTB in the same general area. Much of the overall cost is transportation. If income is mobile, I think turning transportation and travel convenience costs into housing costs would be a net gain for anybody who travels frequently year round.

I could buy myself a dream bike from a single season of ski transportation and travel costs. In other words, it isn't skiing or cycling, per se. It's distance multiplied by frequency. Allocating a percentage of car payments, car parts and service, fuel, and travel food to the ski or cycling budget paints a radically different financial picture than gear and ticket costs. Those are in the minority as distance and frequency increase.

But nobody does that, because it exposes the true cost of these sports smile.gif.
post #34 of 34
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Originally Posted by goranmilos View Post

 What shocked me that "entry level" road bike with all the gear needed (?) is well over $1500

It would probably add up to that for a decent bike.  But "entry level" is much more than that.  That is all you really need to spend to get a good bike that will last you for years.  The only reason to spend more than $1500 is because "you want to" and all you get is minimal incremental increases in speed going uphill because of a couple pounds of wt loss. 

I'm sure you can cut that to $1000 w/o too much loss of anything except for bragging rights and a few downward glances if you ride with a group.

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