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Debt free empty nesters...ready to stretch our wings. Life is good and we plan on making it even better. This blog is mostly about our trips to Vieques Puerto Rico, with a few odds and ends thrown in about our life after the mortgage.

Monday, April 11, 2011

My other car is a bike....


In my ongoing effort to cut expenses as much as possible (how else are we going to afford all of these Vieques trips!)  I've decided to give commuting to work via a bike a try. Notice I said try. It is 9.5 miles from where I live to where I work. Lorrie and I go to the gym 4 days a week (Wednesday is a rest day). The plan is for me to ride with her to the gym, using her vehicle to take the bike to the gym (6.5 miles), and then after my workout, bike to work (another 3 miles). I will then have to do the whole 9.5 miles home from work. From what I've read it's doable, we'll just have to see. I rode to the gym and back Sunday. That's 13 miles and yes I was tired but I made it. I have some financial motivation involed in this  endeavor also, I bought the bike this past Sunday and have over $600 in it. I fiqure that I'll pay for the bike in under 3 months with current gas prices, even less if the gas trend continues. My truck has a 24 gallon tank and I'm using over 3 tanks a month commuting to work, you do the math. At the very least I would like to pay for the bike, if it doesn't kill me first.

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2 comments:

  1. Hey, Curt- Bruce & John from TA here. Congratulations on joining the club of cycle commuters! We're sure you'll get to love it. We go crazy on days we can't ride and are forced back onto public transit. (no car for us, living downtown as we do)

    Ride safely!

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  2. Thanks Bruce & John. Since I've bought the bike I've learned how much the "wind" plays with the daily commute. We've had some crazy weather here in Indiana so far this spring. It's taken a while but I'm slowly working out the kinks on what/how to pack for the day. I'm also becoming quite familiar with all 24 gears, if you know what I mean.

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