The Best Gloves for Winter Cycling and Running

Let’s be honest here – running in the dead of winter sucks. And cycling in the winter? Well, that really sucks. But the one thing I hate more than training in the cold is hamstering away on the ole treadmill and bike trainer. Nope. Not gonna happen. Now we’ve all heard the phrase “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” and never is that more accurate then when it comes to winter training. I

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The Cheap Athlete’s Running Headlamp Recommendation

It’s fall here in New Jersey which means that the sun doesn’t rise until about 7 AM. For the early-as-hell-o’clock trainers like myself, well, that just sucks. And those of us with typical office jobs who want to run after work? Well, you’re looking at a 6 PM sunset. Whomp, whomp. Gone are the days of 5:30 AM sunrises and strolling out after work for some well-lit miles. Now darker days tempt you to go

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How Much Should I Spend On A Road Bike?

In college I used to joke that if you fell asleep during Economics class and the professor called on you that you could answer every question with the same answer: It depends. Thanks CA, that really cleared things up! I’m so happy you wrote a blog post about this. But I’m serious. Stick with me here, I promise some good advice. First, understand that demand is more than just a function of price Yes, price is

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How to get paid for working out!

You know what they call people who get paid to do their sports? Professionals. So if you go by that definition then, despite what my bio says, technically I am a professional athlete. And you are just moments away from becoming one too! But Cheap Athlete, I’m no pro, how can this be? Well there’s this nifty little app, Achievement, that pays you simply for doing healthy stuff. Here’s how it works: Download the App

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Racing And The Art Of Travel Hacking

Recently I was interviewed on the Dizruns podcast and, of course, my “cheapness” was the main topic of the interview. As it should have been. And I thoroughly enjoyed it – “umms” and “you knows” and all. One of the very first items brought up during the interview, probably a bit to the listener’s surprise, was travel hacking and maximizing credit cards to keep travel expenses low. But isn’t it cheaper just to not travel

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Where Does The Cheap Athlete Buy His Stuff?

Howdy friends! So I’m writing y’all a little bit different of a post than usual. Typically I’ll pose a question like “Do you need a wetsuit” or “What’s the point of cycling gloves” and attempt to provide a somewhat educated response through the bespectacled eyeballs of a frugal dude. Now that’s great and all but anyone who studies economics knows that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. And just like having to sit

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The Cheap Athlete’s Guide To Overnight Relays

So there are a couple of topics I honestly feel that I am an expert on: Riding a folding bike Running through the winter Participating in an overnight relay Making fancy-pants spreadsheets in Excel Only one of those I’ve been able to capitalize on financially, can you guess which one? Much to Dahon’s liking I’ve saturated this site with articles on my folding bike so I won’t subject y’all to another one, yet. The cold

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Dahon Speed P8 Review

Anyone who follows me on twitter knows that I love my red Dahon and readers of this blog already know it from Bike Commuting Essentials and The Best Investment I’ll Ever Make. But I’ve mainly talked about the financial and emotional reasons for loving this bike and haven’t really done an honest-to-goodness, full-fledged review of it. Do I only love it because it’s hilarious and saves me a bunch of money? Or is it actually a

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The Cheap Athlete’s Tribike Transport Review

I did a sorta not-so-Cheap-Athletey thing recently And I’m also sorta glad I did it. A couple of weeks ago I traveled to Boulder, Colorado and participated in a Half Ironman triathlon. For those wondering, it was a tough race and Jersey boys don’t get a lot of chances to train in elevation so deduct from that what you will. Now add to whatever you pictured an image of a skinny, spandex-clad dude in a

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Gettin’ The Funk Out Your Workout Junk

Hi friends! Let me introduce you to my green sleeveless shirt. It’s about 6 years old and has trained for a whole mess of races, run the Blue Ridge Relay about 5 times, backpacked the Grand Canyon in the summer, hiked all over Hawaii and mowed a million lawns. Needless to say, it’s seen some action. My god, this shirt must smell like Satan’s rear end! Even on the back of the President of the

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