So there I was talking to Moe and we found out that Mountain Bikers tend to spend more money on bike parts than Bike Commuters. Could it be that mountain bikers just have more money like Scrooge McDuck? Are one of you so rich that you have a vault full of money and you can actually swim in it?
One theory we came up with was that bike commuters mainly ride to and from work as a means of transportation, to save money and for health reasons. They usually are minimalists and make their dollars and bikes stretch to the limit. A large portion of mountain bikers ride for recreational reasons and like most Americans that have hobbies, they like to spend money towards it.
With that in mind and please correct me if I’m wrong, is it safe to assume that mountain bikers are component geeks? Do they love to upgrade to the latest and greatest? When I worked at the shop, I saw this happening quite often. People would come in and drop hundreds of dollars on new parts because the new model just came out…even though the stuff they have is only a year old.
Are you one of those people that are literally supporting the bike industry by upgrading your bike or parts all the time? Well first of all I do thank you for supporting your LBS or IBS (internet bike shop), secondly…I admire you. There are so many things I wish I could afford, but I’m p’oh and very broke.