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    I bet you save a lot of gas.

    Comment directed at me more than a few times: "I see you riding all over the place. I bet you save a lot on gas that way". My reply is usually "yea, but I could buy a lot of gas for what I paid for this thing".

    Well, not so much lately.
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    I live six miles from the workplace. If I commuted I'd save about 8-10 bucks a week.

    Now that I think about it, that would be $40/month or $520/year.

    I dunno. Maybe...

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    I can't ride to work but it is a dream of mine. The feel good endorphins I suspect would trump the savings. Cycling only makes you healthy and stronger. The longevity is priceless.

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    Being retired, I really have no commute.
    But remembering the days when I owned my own business, 2.5 miles from home, it never even occurred to me to bike to work.
    Nor would I have been very thrilled about any of my employees doing it - the smell of sweat doesn't do anything for me in the workplace.....
    I enjoy biking, why ruin it by commuting, regimenting, penny pinching etc...Just ride, look around, smell the roses, lower your blood pressure!

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    People do enjoy making the gasoline remark, more so as the price escalates. I often counter with "yeah, but what I save on gas I spend on food."
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    Me too!!!! I like Prime Rib.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexZ View Post
    I enjoy biking, why ruin it by commuting, regimenting, penny pinching etc...Just ride, look around, smell the roses, lower your blood pressure!
    For me commuting doesn't necessarily ruin my enjoyment. Even though I have to keep moving at a fair pace to get to work on time, I like the morning ride in. And then if I want to take my time or go a different/longer way home, that's ok too.

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    I hear that comment from time to time, and my current response is "yeah, considering more than 20,000 miles in the recent five years, even at 35 mpg and $3 per gallon, I paid for my bike a couple times." So, I think it takes some time, and saving gas isn't really any reason that I ride, but I'm enjoying having a supportable answer to the question. FYI I also only buy used bikes, so put those calculators away.
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    I live close enough that I can walk to the metro and take the light rail...plus my company pays my train fare. I could ride my bike to work but it would take me through some neighborhoods I am glad to avoid. As a result, I ride my bikes for recreation and only drive my car about 5K a year.
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    Even with my short 4 mile commute, it adds up pretty quickly. Even compared to taking my much more efficient motorcycle, it adds up pretty fast, and the bent is nicer in the rain than the motorcycle.

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    I don't ride to save money. I went car-free and that wasn't for financial reasons either. It was about the lifestyle for me. Some people think I'm a hippy because of it (far from it), but I like where I'm at in life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    I live six miles from the workplace. If I commuted I'd save about 8-10 bucks a week.

    Now that I think about it, that would be $40/month or $520/year.

    I dunno. Maybe...
    And the money saved by improved health and fitness is....

    Yes, I know, I know - no one can take their money with them when death calls

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notso_fastLane View Post
    Even with my short 4 mile commute, it adds up pretty quickly. Even compared to taking my much more efficient motorcycle, it adds up pretty fast, and the bent is nicer in the rain than the motorcycle.
    It's those short commutes that wear out motorized vehicles. Consider depreciation, add the cost of fuel, throw in the physical benefits, and cycle commuting makes huge financial sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclebum View Post
    It's those short commutes that wear out motorized vehicles. Consider depreciation, add the cost of fuel, throw in the physical benefits, and cycle commuting makes huge financial sense.
    I'm beginning to think the short commute is killing my motor. I've gained weight since moving into town.
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    I commute almost year round. It's a nine mile round trip so distance isn't much of an issue at all, but sometimes the weather can be a bit daunting.

    I commute because I enjoy it, I always have. Often times I'll ride the "Long way home" just to stretch the enjoyment a bit. As far as financial justification goes....I do the majority of my commuting on my Trek Antelope 820 that I bought new in 1988 fo $400. Before that I commuted on my $101 Schwinn Varsity. During the past two summers I switched over to my Volae Tour which I bought used for only $700. Based on ever increasing vehicle, fuel, and maintainance costs over the past 40 years I think I'm a little bit ahead of the game.

    Of course, during the course of those 40 years I only heard cost savings comments from non cyclists during three periods of time, the '70's "Fuel Crisis", the 2008 cost rise, and now again in 2012. The rest of the time I was just a strange curiosity.
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    Warning. Swallow that coffee.

    Okay, then.

    I was next to him when a recumbent rider replied to that question, "No. It's a mesh seat. The gas just wafts away in the breeze."
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    *snort* That post needs a 'like' button! I'll have to remember that one.

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    Someone said that to me in a Taco Bell parking lot and I told them that I get 20 MPT (Miles Per Taco).

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    Quote Originally Posted by PedalingFool View Post
    Someone said that to me in a Taco Bell parking lot and I told them that I get 20 MPT (Miles Per Taco).
    That's my reply, only I say 73MPB (miles per burrito)
    No, really! I meant to skip off that rock, bounce off that tree and face plant in the creek!
    I falled down!

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    I don't save as much on gas as I do on medical expenses.
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