Monday, March 12, 2012

The ROI of riding

Each day I ride my bike to and from work I save money.
The best parking spot I can get, early bird special, is $7.00/day in the building I work in. It's nice if you can get it but the reality is that it's $18/day if I don't get here before 7:00am.

I can only add part of the gas and wear and tear on my truck as a savings because a friend is using it for their commute of about 6 miles round trip a day.  Still with gas at about $3.00 a gallon right now and at about 22mpg in the truck on a good day on the highway, a 4 mile trip saves me about $1 a day.

The Federal numbers give me about 55 cents a day for wear and tear at about $2.25/day (4 x .555) in savings.

$7 + $1 + $2.25 = $10.25 or really about $10/day in savings.

All this means is that my bike pretty much pays for itself in about 160 days of riding...  How many folks can say that about the car they just bought???

One of the reasons to Ride

US oil imports down, domestic production up
More domestic drilling will not end the need for imports, however. The United States holds only 2% of the planet’s proven oil reserves, but Americans consume 25% of the world’s daily output of crude oil.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ride Notes

Road a bit on Sunday.
2 and from work on Monday and Tuesday. Skipped Wed. And rode again today.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ride Notes

It's gonna Rain... It's gonna Snow....   Do you still ride?  I did.  I looked at the forecast for later today and saw the grim notes of rain with a change to snow as it cools off.  60% chance of precip in sunny Colorado means you need to expect to get wet.  Gear up and ride because the parking is still cheaper, the weather will change and gas is on the rise...

35F felt like 30 with cloud cover and cool wind blowing in.
Just one dip on the road who didn't right hook me but came darn close...