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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Marathoning and the quest for the Holy Grail

Boston. Boston. Boston. Boston. Boston. Boston. For so many runners making it to Boston is akin to taking a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. To run the world’s oldest annual marathon and line up against the best runners on the planet. To cross over that famous finish line and proudly wear that jacket. To let people know: “I ran Boston” But what they really want to say is: “I qualified for Boston. Nana nana booboo.” Getting that

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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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The Cheap Athlete’s Guide to Running Socks

So you’ve started running and you’ve probably got some blisters. Those old cotton socks just aint gonna cut it. Crap. Maybe the internet and magazines can help me with…OH MY GOD ARE THEY EXPENSIVE! They’re socks. Chill. Running socks, in my opinion, are one of the most over-engineered, over-thought and over-priced items for runners out on the market. No matter what you read on the internet or in the magazines you don’t need to spend

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The Cheap Athlete’s guide to cycling headphones

So you’re looking for the best cycling headphones? And you don’t want to spend a lot of money? How does $0 sound? Yea, sorry for the misleading title. But if you were searching for them I want to nip this in the bud before you go any further. Cycling is a dangerous sport Riding a bicycle is not inherently dangerous. It should be one of the safest modes of transportation next to walking. If the world

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