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Re: saving money on services
- From: "Steve Makohin" <wateredg@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 08:13:27 -0500
- Subject: Re: saving money on services
Hello Paige, and all,
Lets face it most of us riders are "under-funded"? and we all look for
ways to save money.? More money equals more miles equals more smiles.
One of the ways that I have found to save money is tire changing.? I have
invested in a good bead breaker, tire spoons ( long handled) , rim
protectors and a good balancer, not a small investment, probably looking
at perhaps $300 total.
now I can change my tires for around $225 including shipping ( which is
often free)? I pay no local sales taxes? so I save about $15 right
there.???Since I've never paid for a tire change I can only speak from
waht others have told me but a $280 bill for a rear tire isn't unheard
of.? I figure a savings of about $150 for the 2 hours of fun of chaning
the tires and lovingly balancing them.? Plus I then check brakes, bolts
etc, and the tire and rim or clean and spotless when they go back on.??
I go thru 1 1/2 sets a year so that around $250? so I get a free set of
tires every so often.
The down side?? I change tires for my buddies and don't charge nearly
enough but they are my friends and i get a lot of free beer and
conversation out of it.? I also have no local dealer so it also save me a
day of riding over to daytona, hanging around waiting for them to get to
me and then riding back, so figure that time in and I save even more.
Now if I can just figure out how to steal the tires!.....
Ps I've never had a leak at the rim from not cleaning the rim properly
In my experience, much of life is trade-offs between time and money. You'll
see college kids spend a Saturday "garage saleing", or driving around to
various bargain stores to save money on a sofa. Then, as folks get older and
their resources build, you'll often see a guy hiring someone to remove scrap
wood or to remove junk to the dump, not because he can't do it himself, but
because he's too busy -- It's "cheaper" for him to pay someone $180 to haul
his garage junk to the dump than the "All Costs In" (money + the value of
his time) alternative of renting a vehicle and/or trailer, loading, driving
to the dump, unloading, and then returning from the rental depot. In other
words, "convenience has its price."
This is not to say that one way is better than the other. It just highlights
that different people have different needs, and different priorities.
Oakville, Ontario, Canada