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Old 04-11-14, 09:09 AM   #551
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Mule (the "winter" bike) got stolen today.


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Mule (the "winter" bike) got stolen today.
sorry to hear.. but all I can think is EXTERMINATE THE THIEVES! Now if only it were that easy and straight forward...

Oh and I'm almost ready to play.
Today 30 miles
Bike cost: 30 dollars (pretty much everything came from the bin)
So $1.00=1 mile today.

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sorry to hear.. but all I can think is EXTERMINATE THE THIEVES! Now if only it were that easy and straight forward...
Nice looking ride!


As far as thieves go - poor bastards taking whatever they can to get heroin. Can't blame them. It's my fault for not having it locked better and for riding expensive bike for running errands in the first place. Idiot.
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Wow! That sucks.

Lose one entry and gain another.

I'm in China at the moment and I think these guys have all of us beat by at least an order of magnitude. Actually, most of the taxis are VW sedans with 500k km on the clock.

The number of e-bikes and e-scooters is staggering, especially in urban areas where chargers are everywhere for 10 RMB. Never seen so many silent scooters. The drawback is that they often don't use the lights at night because it drains the battery :-/

Sorry for the loss of such a great steed to a thief

I assume that's how the life of my bike will be concluded as well
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Summerizing the winter ride. Cost so far: 15e for a pair of summer tyres, 15 e for a new front wheel and 10e for a front brake. 0 km.
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Wow! That sucks.

Lose one entry and gain another.

I'm in China at the moment and I think these guys have all of us beat by at least an order of magnitude. Actually, most of the taxis are VW sedans with 500k km on the clock.

The number of e-bikes and e-scooters is staggering, especially in urban areas where chargers are everywhere for 10 RMB. Never seen so many silent scooters. The drawback is that they often don't use the lights at night because it drains the battery :-/

Sorry for the loss of such a great steed to a thief

I assume that's how the life of my bike will be concluded as well
It wouldn't surprise me since I know that I for one have been a little slack in my spending. I'm in the neighborhood of 5 cents/m btw on the Nashbar frame build I did 2 years ago.
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Rough week, only racked up another 50 miles.
80 miles/30 dollars.
Rounded up, 38 cents a mile so far.
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back from China!

update from everyone?

Slaninar: did you modernise your winter bike for summer use, or visa versa?

stats:

1426km/886mi
468/$737 total
0.32/km
€0.40/km
$0.83/mi

goal is to catch up to the ratios of bigbenaugust:

8703km/5409mi
267/$446
3.0p/km
8.24/mi

***others send me an update (including reasonable time cost/parts bin costs ... whatever you want can go here ... just want to confirm!)***

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back from China!

update from everyone?

Slaninar: did you modernise your winter bike for summer use, or visa versa?

stats:

1426km/886mi
468/$737 total
0.32/km
€0.40/km
$0.83/mi

goal is to catch up to the ratios of bigbenaugust:

8703km/5409mi
267/$446
3.0p/km
8.24/mi

***others send me an update (including reasonable time cost/parts bin costs ... whatever you want can go here ... just want to confirm!)***

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Needed new wheels, tyres, front brake, brake lever, cable and housing. Around 60 euros all added up. Need a new seat as well. 0 km so far - got some flue so stayed in bed and used car to work and back.
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sorry others: in a rush this weekend, could you give me your values in a format like below

stats:

1445km/898mi
468/$737 total
0.32/km
€0.39/km
$0.82/mi

goal is to catch up to the ratios of bigbenaugust:

8703km/5409mi
267/$446
3.0p/km
8.24/mi

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60 e
0 km

= Infinite e per km!

I'M RICH!


I'll post a picture these days. It's not a real BSO - bike is from 1996, when they made those cheap things work. So it has cheap friction shifters, Shimano, but they work bomb proof winter, summer...

Brakes are also cheap, plastic, but they stop the bike. I replaced the broken front for a v-brake, some no-name cheap, but good working (it cost 5e with the lever).


It needs a good seat and some decent pedals, I guess that will cost another 20-30 e for a decent saddle and some 20 e for good platform BMX style pedals that don's slip in the rain. Seat soon, and pedals in autumn.


EDIT: here's the pic of the gaycycle


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I like the Abus Bordo lock I have on my .. nicer than a BSO Bike Friday .. It sits right on top of the frames main tube.

Locks to the sign on the corner while I socialize with my fellow Pub-mates
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I like the Abus Bordo lock I have on my .. nicer than a BSO Bike Friday .. It sits right on top of the frames main tube.

Locks to the sign on the corner while I socialize with my fellow Pub-mates
I love the Bordo as well ... easy to get in Germany and good for the biergarten!

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1464km/909mi
468/$737 total
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$0.81/mi

goal is to catch up to the ratios of bigbenaugust:

8703km/5409mi
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When you do your cost comparison, you shouldn't consider your other car ownership costs, unless your bicycle will allow you to get rid of the automobile. You will have those car ownership costs regardless of your bicycle use.

How long will it take you to bicycle to work and will the type of bike make much difference in the commute?
I believe Google has a cost comparison per trip. A trip from Newtown to langhorne station is something like $2.25 on transit, and 3.45 driving. Based on average MPG, distance, and time spent not moving, it's pretty spot on. Car is more expensive & that's JUST fuel. On top you got inspection, insurance, wiper fluid, oil & oil filter change, tires, registration, and any possible parking fees. With cycle & transit, it's largely a up front cost, then a fixed per trip cost. This by nature is cheaper, as you're not paying anything & you can still ride.


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1483km/921mi
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$0.80/mi

goal is to catch up to the ratios of bigbenaugust:

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1503km/934mi
468/$737 total
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goal is to catch up to the ratios of bigbenaugust:

8703km/5409mi
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there was a Halford's where I bought a Schwalbe Lugano (23 x 700) and a new tube and had it installed ... 8.99 for the 10 min service
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You paid someone to install a tire and tube? #makesnosense

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I became late for a critical meeting and the store was walking distance from the end of the tire. Made sense. I had some coffee and looked at some other BSOs ... including a 79 MTB that was posted in this thread.

I also talked with the mech (an 18 yo kid) who was excited to work on a fixed gear.

Interestingly, the rim strip was of was high quality ... which is pleasing for a multicoloured fixed gear.

I pedalled off and met with the person that I missed before right after

It's good to have a proper German tire! They even had a 60mm presta valved Tube in stock
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I need to throw an updated in here.
A few weeks ago, I rammed my SSCX bike into a chain across a driveway in the pre-dawn twilight at speed. Everything is fine, my knee was messed up for a bit, but everything is okay. I saw the chain at the last second and had no time to react, and so hit it head-on, with the chain hitting the brake cable. Whether the chain stopped me or its pressure on the brakes I will never know. But while I was taking it easy riding my other CX bike and doing some paint repair on the SSCX bike, I put those other parts on it.

So, $60 in tires (700x37 WTB All-Terrains) and $6 in Nashbar camo bar tape...

9051km/5624mi
303.22/$512 (at today's rate)
3.3p/km
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It's good to have a proper German tire! They even had a 60mm presta valved Tube in stock
But not a proper German (Dunlop valve) tube.
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I just blew up my cost per mile this year. New wheelset @150, new tires $40, $20 for DIY fenders, & assorted mainentance, $220 spent and 1100 commute miles, = 20 cents/mile.
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I need to throw an updated in here.
A few weeks ago, I rammed my SSCX bike into a chain across a driveway in the pre-dawn twilight at speed. Everything is fine, my knee was messed up for a bit, but everything is okay. I saw the chain at the last second and had no time to react, and so hit it head-on, with the chain hitting the brake cable. Whether the chain stopped me or its pressure on the brakes I will never know. But while I was taking it easy riding my other CX bike and doing some paint repair on the SSCX bike, I put those other parts on it.

So, $60 in tires (700x37 WTB All-Terrains) and $6 in Nashbar camo bar tape...

9051km/5624mi
303.22/$512 (at today's rate)
3.3p/km
9.1/mi

On the plus side it sounds like you're okay too! Ride safe out there!
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But not a proper German (Dunlop valve) tube.
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You know, until I moved to Sweden, I had only ever read about Dunlop valves. Then I had to read about them again when I put new tires on my old Finnish city bike, because I had no idea how to use them! I actually like them, though.
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