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I've ridden 30 miles this week

Old 05-17-09, 06:14 AM
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Out of curiosity, is everyone measuring with their bike computer, or just estimating based on the known distance? I just ask because I rarely bother putting my computer on the bike for commutes...doesn't really give me much useful information?
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Old 05-17-09, 06:20 AM
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^ I've got a computer on both of my road bikes. For me, instantaneous speed and the odometer make it well worth it.
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Old 05-17-09, 06:40 AM
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Stan, congratulations! 30 miles is a lot, though it may not seem like it compared to many of the other replies.

One way to motivate you to ride more is to set yourself a target # of miles and give yourself a gift once you get there. The gift could be an upgrade on your current ride (post details on it here and ask for opinions on best bang for the buck upgrades - should be a fun thread ) or a new bike or anything in between.

Either way keep riding, it gets easier, and keep posting!
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Old 05-17-09, 06:45 AM
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My weekly average is from 150 to 175 a week. I had quite the load coming from the grocery store Friday. Steaks, beer, charcoal and all the other necessay parts of a good bbq....very healthy The money I save goes into the bike...it will take a few miles to pay for my newly built rear wheel. Guess I have to ride more so I can justify the front I am getting I started at about 30 miles...keep it up and CONGRATS
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Old 05-17-09, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by stevage View Post
Out of curiosity, is everyone measuring with their bike computer, or just estimating based on the known distance? I just ask because I rarely bother putting my computer on the bike for commutes...doesn't really give me much useful information?
Heck ya I have a computer!
It tells me the time of day, my speed, current temp, trip odometer, bike total odometer... all very useful for me.
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Old 05-17-09, 07:31 AM
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Good on you Stan the Man!

I almost doubled my commute distance today by taking "the long way round"... felt great!

Don't know how much I saved, but buying stuff for my bike doesn't feel the same as wasting money on gas for a car would. Exercise can save your life aswell (just a thought)
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Old 05-17-09, 07:57 AM
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I generally ride about 60-80 miles miles a week, commuting and errands.
As far as saving money, way too much bike bling to save money.
It is a good thing that I like to ride, as near as I can figure I will probably have to ride the bike 5 or 6 years to break even.

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Old 05-17-09, 08:06 AM
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I used to have a computer and it only went to 999.99 miles, couldn't figure out how to reset it. Rode all winter without one. Now I use the Cycle Analyst to keep track of my mileage.
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Old 05-17-09, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by stevage View Post
Out of curiosity, is everyone measuring with their bike computer, or just estimating based on the known distance? I just ask because I rarely bother putting my computer on the bike for commutes...doesn't really give me much useful information?
Yes, I have bike computers on all my bikes. I like to track distance and current speed. The clock comes in handy too since I usually ride without a watch. I rarely use the other features, though. Sometimes I'll check the max speed after a long downhill just for fun.
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Old 05-17-09, 11:19 AM
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Good job.
Keep it up.

<--225 last week.
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Old 05-17-09, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by d2create View Post
Heck ya I have a computer!
It tells me the time of day, my speed, current temp, trip odometer, bike total odometer... all very useful for me.
Same here, I have a planet bike computer and I love seeing the temperature and time and speed on one screen. The odometer keeps track of my progress. I have had the computer since I got the bike.
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Old 05-17-09, 12:40 PM
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I have computers on all my bikes.

Last week I rode 207 miles.
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Old 05-17-09, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by d2create View Post
Heck ya I have a computer!
It tells me the time of day, my speed, current temp, trip odometer, bike total odometer... all very useful for me.
For time, I have my cell phone. I have verified that my eyeballs still do judge speed correctly (I was worried for a while there that I was so used to going slow on a bike that I was pegging cars high... turns out, no everybody really *is* speeding as much and as badly as I thought). Current temp scares me! I don't *want* to know when it's 0F out! An odometer would be handy, largely for amusement value. I'd like a cadence meter, but so far not enough to overcome my fear of thermometers.

So nope, no computer here.
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Old 05-17-09, 03:42 PM
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Nice work on the 30 mi. I actually finished my first full week of commuting this past week and came in around 50-60 miles (according to google map estimates).

In terms of saving money, my brother gave me a free bike (an 80-something schwinn le tour he found on craigslist) at the beginning of this month, and after my first commute I was completely hooked. So far I've spent about $200 repairing/upgrading my "free" ride!
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Old 05-17-09, 04:47 PM
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I parked one more for health reasons then the 10 mpg my 454 powered 3/4 ton suburb gets. I spend way more on bikes and bike swag then I ever saved in fuel money but its all good and I am healthier for it.


Commuted four days last week for 34 but last Saturday I rode 57 miles in a 6 hour time period and today I rode Tour de Cure in about 6 hours with rest stops. My moving time was 4 hours for an average moving speed of 15.1 mph. Started rain at the 25 mile mark and didn't quit.

Love every minute I get of riding.
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Old 05-17-09, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
My current daily bicycle commute is 19.4 miles there and back and I don't save a penny. But the ride through the park on the way back is priceless.
How is that? I Every day I commute I save $4 by not taking the train or $5 in gas by not taking the truck (which I am glad to say the insurance has lapsed on so now I'm strictly biking) and just about $20-30 more on the grocery bill weekly. I just barely save now but when I go back to school the savings double from commuting twice.
Also I feel better...
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Old 05-17-09, 05:20 PM
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100 miles a week isn't really all that hard to achieve.
It's only about 14 miles a day. Or about an hour in the saddle.

But starting out, 30 miles is doin' pretty good.
I can remember when I started cycling again (about 10 years ago now) 5 miles seemed like a marathon.
Now it's merely a warmup :-)
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Old 05-17-09, 05:33 PM
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I parked one more for health reasons then the 10 mpg my 454 powered 3/4 ton suburb gets. I spend way more on bikes and bike swag then I ever saved in fuel money but its all good and I am healthier for it.
How is that possible? Last summer when gas was nearing $5/gallon here, I was spending $300 a month to fill my truck up. If I commuted just 50 miles of each tank I would save ~$80 a month. Do that for a year and I would save ~$960. That would cover the cost of a new mid-level roadie; if I were riding my '80 Le Tour, I would have about $800 in my pocket... And thats only commuting 50 miles a week. Pretty motivating if you ask me.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
Good job.
Keep it up.

<--225 last week.

I feel like such a slacker with 175 in this week. Oh well, the weather is going to be superb starting Monday.
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Old 05-17-09, 06:13 PM
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Well.... only 112 of mine are commuting miles.
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Old 05-17-09, 06:15 PM
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I did 40 miles this week commuting so I saved $5 in gas
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Well first off welcome and congratulations Stan the Man. I only have 18 miles this week, but I work only four days a week and I took some of those days off as a mini vacation.

Though I don't have a gas guzzler like you, its nice to forget the last time I filled up my vehicle. I think i'm averaging once every three weeks.

Just be careful of the potential savings trap. It's not savings unless you have it "in your hand" or in the bank. You might notice you eat more or start buying accessories (necessary or not) to make the bike uniquely your own which takes away from the potential savings.
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I did about 45 miles commuting last week (3 days). Also a few other trips for a total of >50.

It's more than the gas $$. I think the IRS allows you about $0.50/mile for auto expenses, so that would be $25 for me. Gas-only for me would be about $5 - I get about 30mpg with the Mini.
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Originally Posted by Stan the Man View Post
How is that possible? Last summer when gas was nearing $5/gallon here, I was spending $300 a month to fill my truck up. If I commuted just 50 miles of each tank I would save ~$80 a month. Do that for a year and I would save ~$960. That would cover the cost of a new mid-level roadie; if I were riding my '80 Le Tour, I would have about $800 in my pocket... And thats only commuting 50 miles a week. Pretty motivating if you ask me.

I live 4.3 miles from work. A tank of gas lasted me a month. It gets less then 2k put on it a year. It is a second vehicle. My wife drives our 4Runner that gets 22mpg but she is a stay at home mom so a tank of fuel last 2-3 weeks in it as well. even with that being our primary transportation when we go anywhere.
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Originally Posted by Grim View Post
I live 4.3 miles from work. A tank of gas lasted me a month. It gets less then 2k put on it a year. It is a second vehicle. My wife drives our 4Runner that gets 22mpg but she is a stay at home mom so a tank of fuel last 2-3 weeks in it as well. even with that being our primary transportation when we go anywhere.
Gotcha, that makes sense now. I put on about 1k a month in my truck or 330ish miles a week.
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