Biking on the Cheap
How pedaling around can save you almost $8,000/year!
|By Aaron Newton in Green Living | November 12, 2007|
As the issues of energy and the environment cruise into the consciousness of more Americans, people are looking for ways to help conserve energy and reduce the pollution they produce. Big business has taken notice and is ready to sell you all sorts of stuff to help you ‘Go Green.’ And it is true that in some circumstances it will mean replacing old items in our lives with new, more efficient models. But making change doesn’t have to be expensive. I thought I’d share a weekend story of a low cost opportunity that presented itself.
This is my new bike.
I bought it instead of a buying a new car. Now I ride about 2/3 of the miles I travel. At this rate I think my old car will last about 15 years. This change is saving me about $8,000 dollars a year. But I did but this bike brand new. It is nothing near the fanciest model on the market but it wasn’t cheap.
This is the bike I bought this weekend.
It came with a 23″ Cro Moly frame, a U-Lock, a bottle holder, an on-board computer, an emergency tire kit, and a small seat bag. Add a rack for carrying stuff and possibly a set of lights and this bike would be ready to ride as a legitimate commuter vehicle. I bought it from a corner salvage store for $40.
If you are thinking about using less gas or shrinking your carbon footprint, you should seriously consider going bike. It’s also a healthy choice and a lot of fun. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. This winter check out garage sales, pawn shops or even ebay for cheap bicycles during the colder months.