Noun. The price of things after you have made the initial purchase and need to maintain, replace or repair the parts that make things work.
Today I was 'Aftercosted' into a near heart attack. In my typical style, I had waited to the last minute to shop for some brake pads for my Shimano LX brakes on the Lev. With a trip upcoming to Utah and the pads getting thin, I thought it was a good idea but not an emergency to change them out and keep the old pads as spares.
So, I trundled on down to the local bike shop (LBS) and looked for some pads. I could not remember what they cost, but I tossed $40.00 in my pocket and thought that ought to do it.
One shop had some organic/resin pads (I wanted semi-metallic) and they were an older Shimano XTR brand: $30.00 a pair. Wow. Sixty bucks for pads. Tiny little things for sixty bucks.
Off to the next LBS for semi-metallics. They had a mis-matched set of aluminum backed Kool-Stops and Shimanos and the Kool-Stops were more reasonably priced @ $25.00. Still...
The next and last LBS in town had the best selection of all. They had new, aluminum backed XTR pads in stock...semi/metallic...and they only cost $69.95 a pair. WhhaaaaaTTTT!!!! 140 bucks for brake pads. I paid that much for the entire Deore LX brake system!
The solution: Jenson USA, Serfas pads, and a total bill of $25.50. Now the knock-off, more generic pads may not say XTR on them but I will be happy to give them a try.
Why didn't the LBS carry the other, cheaper pads? Maybe they have found them to be junk. Maybe they find customers don't know any better and accept that that is what they cost. Dunno.
Things are getting to cost too much and sometimes that is not apparent until you get aftercosted. I wonder what a good 11 speed chain will cost? I have seen $75.00 as an example for Campy chains and I hear they last just a bit longer than your average kleenex tissue.
I don't know. XTR is for sponsored racers or folks with more money than sense. SRAM XX etc. But sometimes you can get stuff like that on sale and it is tempting. Beware of the aftercost of that fancy stuff. It will get ya long past the good deal on the initial purchase.
Thank goodness for the internet bike shop and eBay. It is keeping me rolling with change in my pocket.