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Old 05-16-09, 05:21 PM
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I've ridden 30 miles this week

Pretty stoked for myself. I've ridden my 30 year old clunker 30 miles this Monday through Friday around town, running errands, grocery shopping, etc. Seeing as how my truck (my only vehicle) only gets 10 mpg, I've saved about $10 on gas this week.


How far have you ridden this week and what's your total savings?
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Old 05-16-09, 05:34 PM
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This week I have ridden about 110 miles, but to be fair I went on a camping trip. I dunno how much I saved cause I dont own a car, but probably a decent amount.
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175 miles, if I'll include tomorrow this week will be around 230-235 miles.
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Originally Posted by LucasA View Post
This week I have ridden about 110 miles, but to be fair I went on a camping trip. I dunno how much I saved cause I dont own a car, but probably a decent amount.
110 miles? Are you trying to say it would have been more if you didnt go camping? I would love to ride my bike to work, but I don't see riding 30 miles one way working out very well right now. I'm sweating pretty good after a 10 mile ride; but for my justification, I just started riding a couple of months ago and its not as easy as it looks.
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Old 05-16-09, 05:43 PM
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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.
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Old 05-16-09, 05:56 PM
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That's pretty cool. I don't know how many miles I've done in the past week--I only keep track of total mileage on each bike--but I've ridden 12/16 days this month, or 75% of May so far.
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Dunno how many miles I rode this week. I save $3.40 a day not taking the T.
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Old 05-16-09, 08:04 PM
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I've ridden about 100 miles, which is a normal week, but don't worry how many miles anybody else rides. If your just starting out, 30 miles is fine. Your mileage will grow as you improve. Just keep riding and you will see an improvement.

Good luck and happy riding

Oh...and I save about $ 8.00 a day not paying for tolls when I bike commute
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Originally Posted by Stan the Man View Post
110 miles? Are you trying to say it would have been more if you didnt go camping? I would love to ride my bike to work, but I don't see riding 30 miles one way working out very well right now. I'm sweating pretty good after a 10 mile ride; but for my justification, I just started riding a couple of months ago and its not as easy as it looks.

No, it woulda been less if I hadnt gone camping. Though this week has been pretty active all around.

30 miles in a week is great. If everyone replaced 30 miles a week with bike rides, Id say there would be some serious cycling progress in the world.
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Old 05-16-09, 08:11 PM
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I rode with a fellow commuter this week who was telling me his bike has 25k miles on it and he rides nearly daily. He probably saves money. I ride to work a lot but I buy a lot of bike bling. I might break even this year because I am pretty happy with my commuter right now. I went to the bike shop to day to buy tire tools (gave mine away) and that is all I bought. Amazing.
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170 or so. Offroad probably only 20. I still have to go tomorrow and ride though and then ride to both of my jobs which are 15 miles apart, and ride home for lunch and dinner.

Probably will be around 210 total for the week.
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21-24 or so miles three times a week when i go to the gym so... 63-72 miles there...

11 to 12 miles 2 times a week when not going to the gym so that's 85-96... then errands and stuff...

so around 100 per week.

you're doing good though. make sure to eat VERY healthily. i cannot stress that enough. organic and all that. no genetically modified or processed foods (other than organic unpasteurized cheese) should be allowed. eating right will make your effort seem so much less.
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I average 65 miles a week commuting to work. I love it and specifically chose a job close to home so I could take advantage of using the bike this way.
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118 miles for me this week.
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Originally Posted by Stan the Man View Post
Pretty stoked for myself. I've ridden my 30 year old clunker 30 miles this Monday through Friday around town, running errands, grocery shopping, etc. Seeing as how my truck (my only vehicle) only gets 10 mpg, I've saved about $10 on gas this week.


How far have you ridden this week and what's your total savings?
Congrats!

I rode ~60 miles this week. We figure we're saving $8,000-$9,000 per year by going down to one car, which works out to be ~$150-$175 per week.
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Old 05-16-09, 09:24 PM
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80 this week, but rode 1/2 of that today.
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I spent $300 on bikes and parts. Don't think I would have used that much gas this week.
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this week 60miles. i typical ride 35mile. i save all of zero dollars. i don't have a car nor insurance.
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Originally Posted by goldfishin View Post
make sure to eat VERY healthily. i cannot stress that enough. organic and all that. no genetically modified or processed foods (other than organic unpasteurized cheese) should be allowed.

Phooey. I ride twice the distance, and although I agree eat well the rest of your statement is hogwash. Just eat a balanced diet.

And to Stan the Man, I won't keep this as a "I rode X this week" thread. Congrats on your milestone, and good for you!
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120 miles commuting to and from work. 18 on my mountain bike today. Going to do about 80 tomorrow on the road bike with some friends.

I also ate chocolate chip cookies, chips, a hot dog and various other stuff this week, and I feel great!
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I put on 160 km this week...

I was averaging 43 km a day / 300 km a week (every week) and am trying to work my way back up to that after fragging my back.

I rode 35 km today and am thinking that I might lay down a metric century (63 miles) on Monday if the weather is nice and I am feeling up to it.
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Those are some big numbers people, I'm very impressed. I rode another 10 miles today across town and back for dinner. I won't tell you what I ate hahaha. Its fun not driving my truck around town mainly because a bike is almost as quick, my MPG sucks, and its tons healthier this way. Thanks for the compliments too; its a lot of fun.
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This week, I did 284.6km (176.9 miles). The week before I did 310.8km (193.2 miles). Like Sixty Fiver, I try to do about 40 km/day every day.

There's a poster on these forums, 10 wheels, who rides about 20,000 miles/year. That's 400 miles/week every week. Very impressive.

Then there's Freddie Hoffman (http://miles4melanoma.com/freddiehoffman/) who in 1988 averaged 142 miles per day every day for the whole year. About 1000 miles/week. I don't think you'll find anyone who does more than that.
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I'm at about 140 miles for the week this week. It's not all commuting though. It's been much lower recently.

My round-trip commute is 33 miles. Every day I commute by bike I save $7.00 on parking, and $2.00 to $3.00 on gas. I still have not broken even due to buying bike stuff, but that spending is way down, so I will eventually be ahead. Oh, yeah, I'm also getting a discount on my car insurance for driving it less.

In the non-monetary benefits, I'm healthier, happier, thinner, better looking and I'm not putting as much wear and tear on my truck.
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Old 05-17-09, 06:11 AM
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I dropped my first nickel of the year, commuting all five days. ~140-145 miles, saving $20 in subway fare.
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