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Looking At Some Trail Bikes

August 11th, 2008 at 03:35 pm

Cigarettes: $4
Food @ Work: $4
Gas For BF: $35.50
BF's Cigarettes: $5
BF's Food @ Work: $1.50
Canned Food For Pup: $2


BF keeps mentioning that he wants to start either hiking, or biking. I haven't had a bike since I was like 10, so I have no idea how practical it would be.

I think we would both really enjoy it, and it's obviously something we could take part in wherever we move to. Exercise would be great!

We don't have any plans for getting them, but I did want to go ahead and look into the approximate costs. Of course, we'd try to go used, since we really don't need new ones. I looked on Craigslist, and the average price for a used trail bike seems to be about $100. I thought that would be the NEW price, geesh!

I thought about getting BF one for his birthday in October, but then it might be useless if I didn't have one too. Plus, it starts getting colder in October, so is that a good gift for then?

Any suggestions? Any info on which type of bike to look for, what types we need? I think he wants to do some trail biking, but one that will also be okay if we want to take it on the blacktop. I'm clueless.


Our food spending is out of control this month. The sad part is, that we haven't even been out to a real restaurant. It's all been us eating at work, the groceries we've bought, and an outing to McDonalds.

I am going to have to change something for next month's budget. I think part of the problem is that $100 might not be reasonable for the two of us, when we both work full-time and sometimes don't get home until late. A bigger part of the problem is that I have gone back to getting snacks at work. Some of it is breakfast because I'm starving when I get there, and some of it is an afternoon snack.

I can't let myself get complacent and start spending our money away on stupid food at work. I'm re-grouping now and getting determined to take food from home again. Gotta stay accountable!


I started reading Plum Lovin' last night, and while I only got about 20 pages in, I like it so far. It's definitely alot different than the fantasy-series books I've been reading recently, but it's funny too.

We watched some of the Olympics last night, and the women's gymnastics team was stressing me out! I always get sucked into that stuff like I'm there myself... especially when they are doing all that tumbling, it feels like they're so out of control!

3 Responses to “Looking At Some Trail Bikes”

  1. momcents Says:

    Can you take some sort of Soup in a Cup and keep it at work? I send DH with a few month (and a sleeve of crackers as well).

    Great news about the bike. I think it would definitely be worth it ($100 doesn't sound too expensive to me), great exercise. I think it might be a nice gift for BF - sometimes the weather stays nice until Nov in the Midwest.

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Ya, decent bicycles are actually a lot more expensive. You're looking at at least $500 per bike, not including gear. At least if you were buying new in a bike shop.

    The decent ones are worth it though, because they are build much sturdier and are safer and more reliable.... Assuming you plan on biking quite a bit. You'll also want to figure out if you're planning to off-road or stick to roads. Both make a difference, but there are hybrids as well. Not as good as either, but versatile, and again, it depends on what you're looking for.

  3. sillyoleme Says:

    I'd say we'd need to go for a hybrid. There are plenty of roads & paved trails around here, but if we move somewhere else, we might end up taking them off-road.

    If I can get some good used bikes, just to start us out, that would be the plan. We don't have alot of money to spend, and I don't want to go overboard. We can always upgrade later if we're really serious about it.

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