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Cycling tightwads

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by neslon, 13 Dec 2007.

  1. neslon

    neslon Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The Toon
    I have read some right cods tonight: Babybel wrappers to make rear lights? Clingfilm on your helmet?(fnarr fnarr).
    What is the matter with these folk? By riding my bike very day for years, instead of using my car (an old Impreza Turbo) I have saved Umpty Thrumpty pounds, at least, and can buy what I want. So can you!!!!
    Every tank equivalent should be used to enhance your riding experience, not contribute to this weird cheese paring mean scrimping oddness.
     
  2. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    You're assuming that the bike is replacing costs that would have been spent on a car. That's certainly not the case for me.

    Anyway, why pay for something new when you've already got something perfectly serviceable that'll do the job for you already?
     
  3. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    lo tech init, all power to them

    my rear mudguard is secured with a piece of garden wire

    however I have just this second lashed £53 on two NEW short sleeve tops and a NEW rear light

    EVEN THOUGH I'VE GOT ONE ALREADY!!!!!

    better?
     
  4. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    One of the guys from work has made a front mudguard from a plastic cider bottle (it's blue - white lightening maybe?) and pipe cleaners. I confess I had thought of the cling film on your helmet (or a shower cap), but decided that was a bit naff and just stick to my woolly hat and helmet if it rains.
    Oh, went a bit mad in Aldi's tonight too. They still had some left over stock from a few weeks back - so now have some thermal "underwear" (top and bottom base layers basically), a couple more pairs of ski socks and another roll neck top. Just ordered an open faced balaclava (don't fancy looking like a potential IRA recruit with the SAS style ones) from ebay too, so I'm hopefully well kitted out for the colder weather!
     
  5. I'm with Neslon I'm afraid, the very idea of using bailing twine and bus tickets to manufacture a mudguard flap makes me feel a bit vomity. As for buying kit in Aldi, have you pepole no shame?
     
  6. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I have to confess I spend faaaaaaaar too much money on bike bits.
     
  7. LOL I needed a good laugh and this thread has provided it!:blush:
     
  8. Maz

    Maz Guru

    The saddle on my Sirrus is made from an old Sainsbury's naan bread.
     
  9. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    I turn the gas off when I turn the bacon over and switch off the windscreen wipers under bridges.
     
  10. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    You obviously have money to spare. Some of us don't. I couldn't afford to run a car, even if I wanted to, so I'm not 'saving' on that. And why should I spend what little I have on buying something if I can get or make something equally good for less or free?

    If more people were a bit more cheeseparing, we wouldn't be using up the planet's resources at the rate we are. Thrift used to be seen as a positive asset, now it seems, it's something to laugh at...
     
  11. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    I've got three separate pieces of cheese at the moment, although the Red Leicester is almost finished

    and three sorts of pickle, although the piccalilli is almost finished

    no prizes for guessing what's in my frugal, planet saving packed lunch today
     
  12. Maz

    Maz Guru

    "My favourite's Red Leicester. Can't think why."

    Anyone remember that British Cheese marketing board advert with Ken Livingstone??

    It was very cheesy.
     
  13. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    GO THRIFTERS!

    At 50 notes just for front mudguards for my trike, I will be fashioning my own from 3lt plastic milk bottles and some left over flashing from the double glazing.
    Before assembling all surfaces will be primed an then sprayed with 2 coats of gloss black car paint and finally I will pop rivit the mudguards into place.

    Now I can take my £50 and buy the rest of my gear at Aldi!

    T x
     
  14. The ones I don't really get are those who improvise their own gear but still end up spending a lot. Like the chap in the "converted Maglite rear light" thread who as far as I can see has spent just under fifty quid on making a Maglite into a rear lamp. Fair enough, if that's what turns you on, but you can buy a very good rear light for half that money.
    On balance, I think I'm with the scrimpers on this one.
     
  15. Maz

    Maz Guru

    STOP! Don't throw away grannie's false gnashers once she's popped her clogs! They make excellent pastry-cutters! Mmmmmmm.