Tomorrow is my last bike commuting day of the season for me. I'm waiting for longer days to return in Spring. Here are my statistics for the season. This was my first year of serious bike commuting. See you in March (or when I get too much cabin fever)!
First commute of the season: March 24, 2008
Last commute of the season: October 31, 2008
Total distance by bike: 2165 miles (3492 km)
Commuting distance: 2054 miles (3313 km)
Longest distance in single day: 60 miles (97 km, on touring trip)
Longest distance in single week: 165 miles (266 km, including 95 mile tour)
Longest distance in single month: 390 miles (629 km in June, all commuting miles)
98 gallons not burned or purchased (371 liters)
1862 pounds of CO2 not released (845 kg)
Max wind: 50 mph gusts on April 1, 2008 (when I got home, I said “Riding in that was a mistake!”)
Minimum temperature: 19 degrees F (-7 degrees Celsius, morning of March 26)
Maximum temperature: 93 degrees F (34 degrees Celsius, June 9)
Some things said to me (or yelled at me) while riding:
Is that your best bike?
On your left!
Do you need any help?
That's way too heavy.
Get on the sidewalk!
Wildlife seen on commute:
Heron, geese, ducks, squirrels, chipmunks, woodchucks, foxes, rabbits, wild turkeys, deer, fish jumping, and numerous insects that I inhaled, swallowed, or crushed under my tires.
almost side swiped by a school bus side mirror and nearly collided with a deer.
Flat tires: a total of 3 (all on front wheel)
Clean and lube chain every ~100 miles
Broken bottom bracket (faulty bottom bracket)
Left brifter broke (faulty bike mechanic: ME!)
New brake pads (cheap pads came with bike wore out)
New set of tires (cheap tires came with bike wore out)
New pedals (wanted platform pedals)
New saddle (more comfortable)
Switched to bar end shifters (cheaper than replacing by broken brifter)
Nitto stem and handlebars (just because I wanted higher handlebars)
Bike accessories purchased:
Clear lens sunglasses
Bike tools and parts purchased:
bottom bracket tool, crank puller, cable/housing cutter, bike repair stand, multi-tool, spoke wrenches, chain cleaner, degreaser, chain lube, grease, tubes, tube patch kits, tire levers
As best as I can tell, when I factor in all money I saved on gasoline and one less oil change for my car, I only spent about $50 more
than I would have spent by driving my car the same distance. Maybe next year I will start to see some savings...I have all the tools and accessories now.