The world’s gone crazy! Fuel prices are off the charts, there’s a global cost of living crisis and to top it all off, you just got replaced at work by Chat GPT. We need a hero. Someone to swoop in and save the day. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… It’s us, Muc-Off, and our weapons case full of money-saving ammo to help you smash it through this economic rock garden; summit monetary mountain; send it over the recession gap. Enough dodgy money metaphors for you…?
Ok, let’s crack on with eleven rounds of money-saving ammo.
1. Ditch the car and grab your bike: We're kicking off we an absolute no-brainer. Use your bike for as many journeys as possible - It's great for your health, great for the environment, and it’ll save you a bag of cash.
2. Geek Up: Having a basic understanding of bike maintenance means fewer costly mechanics bills, plus learning a new skill can be fun! Our How-to Hub is packed with tonnes of free tutorials which cover everything from keeping your drivetrain clean to how much tubeless sealant you need.
3. Check your bolts: Regularly check all bolts, nuts, screws, etc. are tight enough. They can shake loose overtime which can cause major problems to how well the bike runs. Give your steed a once over before heading out to avoid components failing prematurely – plus, don’t forget to grease those bad boys up to really extend their life!
4. Get the right tools for the job:
(i) Use a dedicated Bike Cleaner: It might be tempting when times are hard to reach for the washing-up liquid for a cheap bike cleaning alternative but trust us on this - don't do it! Household cleaners often contain high levels of salt and corrosive acids which are great for getting bolognaise off the dishes but will seriously damage your bike’s componentry and finishes. Preserve and extend the life of your bike with a dedicated bike cleaner.
(ii) Protect and Lube: After washing your bike, stick it straight back in the garage, right? Wrong! You need to be driving out all moisture and creating a rust and corrosion-busting barrier on componentry to keep them protected. A good level of protection followed by a condition-specific lubricant is the only way to prevent premature wear and tear.
(iii) Get Kitted up: Our range of All-in-one Kits offer huge savings versus buying the products individually. Can’t decide which one? Check out our Bundle Builder tool and get your customisation on, or to really step up your game, join our Ride Box Subscription service where we’ll deliver the goods directly to you every few months.
6. Go Tubeless: Punctures are as annoying as they are expensive - whether it’s replacing tubes over and over, or even forking out for emergency recovery if you’re left stranded. Converting to tubeless will mean less flats and money saved.
7. Repair and recycle tubes: Tubeless not your bag? Rather than buying new inner tubes every time you flat, you could repair the ones you have with a Puncture Plug Repair Kit. Alternatively, grab some Inner Tube Sealant and avoid flats in the first place!
8. Fit mudguards: Simple but very effective, our Ride Guards are an awesome way to protect both you and your bike from mud and grime. You’ll be cleaning less, and they minimise the damage caused by flying debris. Grab a new set or test out your DIY game with an upcycled one – Here’s the guide on how to do that.
9. Wash and maintain your riding kit: Have you thrown out a waterproof jacket because it stopped being waterproof? You could have brought it back to life with our Rain Shield Reproofer. It restores the DWR coating on technical clothing, extending the life of the garments, preventing you from forking out cash on new gear. We also make a specialist Technical Wash for Apparel, which, unlike household cleaning detergents, won’t damage the fabric or cause premature wear and tear.
10. Protect your frame: Investing in a Frame Protection Kit is the best way of preventing damage like chips and scratches caused by stones, branches, etc. meaning a higher resale-value once you come to sell it!
11. Get Insured: Every rider should invest in good quality bike insurance. It’s relatively inexpensive and can prove invaluable if something happens. Over time, expensive componentry can fail, your bike might get stolen, or you may run out of talent! With decent insurance, you’re protected, and so’s your bank balance!
As a congraulations for making it to the end, here's a cheeky twelth round of money saving ammo - Use code AMMO20 and grab 20% off on all items excluding sale and clearance items.
Happy saving. Happy shredding 🤘