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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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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How $12 can get you a more comfortable bike ride

Are cycling gloves necessary? One of the 14,000 reasons that I love cycling is that it’s so steeped in tradition. The bicycle was invented in 1817 and has a long, storied history when compared to the flash-in-the-pan whatever that someone is trying to make a quick buck on. My great grandpa never did a juice cleanse, P90X or went to a Crossfit class but he did ride a bike through the Italian countryside. Undoubtedly with

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The Cheap Athlete’s Guide to Bike Commuting in Hot Weather

This post may contain affiliate links. See the full disclosure here. Mmm, swampy. Bike commuting in hot weather can suck just as much as the cold weather. Great, 6 months of sucky commuting weather! Nothing feels more un-refreshing than pedaling into a nice, hot headwind while pumping those legs in heavy work pants and an oxford shirt. That’s a recipe for swamp city down under. But does mean that we should wuss out and not bike

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How to make your own body glide

The cost of Body Glide is too darn high! Chafing, blisters and rashes are the nasty side of training. It’s not all pretty runs through tree-lined streets and rides up epic mountains with espresso stops like they show in the Rapha videos. It’s also constant rubbing and sweating which causes some pretty nasty stuff down under. It hurts. And given the areas affected the demand to fix it is relatively high and inelastic. To nobody’s surprise there are

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How to buy a used bike on Craigslist

How to buy a bike? So you want to buy a bike and don’t want to spend a lot of money? You’re not alone. Buying a used bike is one of the best ways to score a deal but it’s also a great way to get ripped the heck off. There are tons of bad deals out there and sometimes you’re better off buying new. It’s also overwhelming so I’m here to teach you how to buy a used

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How to buy cheap running shoes

Running shoes don’t need to be confusing. How I buy cheap running shoes. Talk to a runner and you’ll eventually end up talking shoes. And probably pooping. If you ask 10 runners what their favorite running shoe is you’ll get 10 different answers. Awesome. Choosing a running shoe can be overwhelming and the questions endless. Do I buy a minimalist or maximalist shoe? Do I need a trainer or a performance shoe? Are expensive shoes any

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