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Old 11-06-06, 01:08 AM
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Vacation cost per mile.

This is just the expenses on taking my bike on vacation with me.

I am keeping track of the expenses of taking my bike to Hawaii to ride on vacation later this month. So far I've spent $30.00 & have not ridden a single mile yet. The cost to fly the bike will be about $80.00 & the cost to have it reasembled will be $35.00. Total before I even ride it will be $145+ tax. Let's say it will cost the same for the return trip home for the bike, the total will be $290. Say I ride 100 miles total in Hawaii, the cost per mile will be: $2.90. This does not include any food or drink I will purchase while riding.

I'll let you know what the total cost ends up being when I come back home. And whether or not I feel that it was worth it.

One thing I have been told about Hawaii is I'll either love it or hate it. Guess I'll find out which.
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Old 11-06-06, 05:58 AM
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It is expensive indeed. Ride more though and the cost per mile decreases, at least it looks better then.
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Old 11-06-06, 08:24 AM
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Wouldn't it be cheaper to rent? or even buy a bike there and then get rid of it at the end of your trip? Seems like a lot of money to spend just so you can have your own ride.
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Old 11-06-06, 10:25 AM
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the cost to have it reasembled will be $35.00
Why not just reassemble it yourself?
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Old 11-06-06, 10:53 AM
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Especially if you're packing it yourself -- you are packing it yourself, right? Really - it's not a big deal!
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Originally Posted by slowandsteady
Why not just reassemble it yourself?
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What goes into packing it? Taking the peddals off, turning the handle bars, removing the wheels, what else? Also, what if the bike shop you find isn't willing to drop everything they are doing when you come in, you might have to wait untill they can fit it in.
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Old 11-06-06, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by N_C
Say I ride 100 miles total in Hawaii, the cost per mile will be: $2.90. This does not include any food or drink I will purchase while riding.
Why is there a cost per mile, if it's your own bike? Also, you'd have to eat and drink regardless of your transportation methods, so that shouldn't be factored in...
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If you're calculating a cost per mile of having your bike on vacation with you, you're in the wrong frame of mind to be on vacation!!

You're supposed to let stupid crap like "cost per mile" go when you take a vacation. Don't worry about the ordinary drivel... just factor the cost of transportation or a rental into your overall vacation budget and let the rest go. Enjoy the islands, the riding and the relaxation.
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My bike is a recumbent. A little more complicated then just taking the pedals off & turning the handle bars. The same goes for reassembly. It is already packed & ready to go.

Renting is not an option, no one rents recumbents on Oahu & I won't ride a freaking wedgie ever again.

Me & the bike arrives on Nov. 22. After we land & pick up the rental & the bike we drive to the lbs where it will be assembled. It is already scheduled & will be ready on Sat. the 25th.

I also have a lifetime goal of riding my recumbent in all 50 states. When it comes to riding a recumbent in Hawaii & obtaining my goal, if you have to ask you just don't get it.
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Originally Posted by skiahh
If you're calculating a cost per mile of having your bike on vacation with you, you're in the wrong frame of mind to be on vacation!!

You're supposed to let stupid crap like "cost per mile" go when you take a vacation. Don't worry about the ordinary drivel... just factor the cost of transportation or a rental into your overall vacation budget and let the rest go. Enjoy the islands, the riding and the relaxation.
Read some of NC's other posts and you will see that he is all about letting ordinary drivel bother him.
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Old 11-06-06, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by N_C
One thing I have been told about Hawaii is I'll either love it or hate it. Guess I'll find out which.
You'll hate it, John, because that's the way you are. If you are counting the cost now, whatever enjoyment you may have garnered from your pipedream will disappear down the same pipe pretty rapidly.
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Old 11-06-06, 04:56 PM
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What is wrong with figuring how much you spend on vacation? Either now or during? What is wrong with budgeting prior to & during a vacation?
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Originally Posted by N_C
One thing I have been told about Hawaii is I'll either love it or hate it. Guess I'll find out which.
I hope that you love it. The weather's been really warm over the last few days. If you are traveling to Oahu and want to know more, drop me a PM. Enjoy your stay!
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Originally Posted by Sprocket Man
I hope that you love it. The weather's been really warm over the last few days. If you are traveling to Oahu and want to know more, drop me a PM. Enjoy your stay!
Check your PM.
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I'm headed to Oahu next week and faced the same delima. I decided I didn't want to spend time on my vacation assembling a bike and packing it back up again. I couldn't find a bike I thought would be fun to ride, but at the same time cheap enough to justify leaving. I didn't want to throw away $200 on a rental either. My solution: I bought a folder. I guess they don't make folder bents though. In the end it's just the cost of the activity. If it's not worth it to you, chill on the beach instead.
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Originally Posted by kemmer
I'm headed to Oahu next week and faced the same delima. I decided I didn't want to spend time on my vacation assembling a bike and packing it back up again. I couldn't find a bike I thought would be fun to ride, but at the same time cheap enough to justify leaving. I didn't want to throw away $200 on a rental either. My solution: I bought a folder. I guess they don't make folder bents though. In the end it's just the cost of the activity. If it's not worth it to you, chill on the beach instead.
Not exactly a folder...but have you seen the Bike Friday SatRday?

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Originally Posted by wahoonc
Not exactly a folder...but have you seen the Bike Friday SatRday?

Aaron
I'd love to have a Bike SatRday. I don't have the $3,000+ to spend on one right now.
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Have a great vacation. It sounds like a lot of fun. Wish I could do the same!
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Originally Posted by N_C
I also have a lifetime goal of riding my recumbent in all 50 states. When it comes to riding a recumbent in Hawaii & obtaining my goal, if you have to ask you just don't get it.
That is actually a pretty awesome goal to have.

My goal is to have my face on the one dollar bill.
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Originally Posted by slowandsteady
Read some of NC's other posts and you will see that he is all about letting ordinary drivel bother him.
I thought it was quite obvious that the OP wasn't being terribly serious about this cost-per-mile thing, and that it was being done for personal amusement. NC tends to be a little too sparse with info in his initial posts, but there's no need to jump down his throat.

I admire anyone who can be dedicated enough to fly a recumbent to a holiday destination.
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I like having my bike w/me also when I travel.

I bought a Bike Friday. It fits into a samsonite suitcase
and comes in under the 50# weight limit. Put the wheels
on to suitcase, put clothes in trailer and head out. Takes
about 20-25 minutes to assemble--yourself.
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Originally Posted by CrosseyedCrickt
That is actually a pretty awesome goal to have.

My goal is to have my face on the one dollar bill.
So far I have ridden in: Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming & Illinois. By the end of this year I will be able to include Hawaii. Next year the plan is for Minnesota & Wisconsin. I figure if I do a minimum of 2 a year after I am done riding in Hawaii I'll complete my goal in 22 years. By the time I'm done I'll be 57 yrs old. Of course there may be years when I only ride in one state & others where I ride in more then 2.
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Originally Posted by womble
I thought it was quite obvious that the OP wasn't being terribly serious about this cost-per-mile thing, and that it was being done for personal amusement. NC tends to be a little too sparse with info in his initial posts, but there's no need to jump down his throat.

I admire anyone who can be dedicated enough to fly a recumbent to a holiday destination.
Oh, he is serious.
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Originally Posted by womble
I admire anyone who can be dedicated enough to fly a recumbent to a holiday destination.
Well, maybe. N_C's dedication is apparently driven by his antipathy toward riding a diamond frame (regular) bicycle. While he is certainly entitled to his opinion, I would be quite sad if I were to lock myself out of mountain biking, fixed gear riding, taking my bike on mass transit, borrowing a bike from a colleague on a business trip, etc., just because I didn't want to ride a particular style of bike.

My wife and I went to Boston on vacation earlier this year. We took folding bikes packed in suitcases and paid nothing extra to check them as luggage there and back. They fit easily in shuttle vans and taxis and allowed us to get around quite nicely for a couple days outside of Boston without having to rent a car.
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Originally Posted by supcom
Well, maybe. N_C's dedication is apparently driven by his antipathy toward riding a diamond frame (regular) bicycle. While he is certainly entitled to his opinion, I would be quite sad if I were to lock myself out of mountain biking, fixed gear riding, taking my bike on mass transit, borrowing a bike from a colleague on a business trip, etc., just because I didn't want to ride a particular style of bike.

My wife and I went to Boston on vacation earlier this year. We took folding bikes packed in suitcases and paid nothing extra to check them as luggage there and back. They fit easily in shuttle vans and taxis and allowed us to get around quite nicely for a couple days outside of Boston without having to rent a car.
I'd love to have a mtn bike but only for off road use. If I had one that is all I'd use it for in the winter time. I am the kind of person who would only use a mtn bike for off road use & a road bike or recumbent for on road use. Hybred have their place but they are limited in off road use but could be used for on road use & could be set up for touring, long rides, etc.

I rode a road bike for many years before I switched to the recumbent. I have since embraced the recumbent lifestyle & wonder why I did not switch sooner then I did. For me a wedgie is just too painfull to ride no matter how well it is set up.

I have not locked myself out of mtn biking, just don't have the money to buy one right now. Maybe toward the end of the year I'll have one.

The only thing you could say I have an antipathy toward is riding anything on the road except a recumbent. Unless you ride nothing but a recumbent on the road you don't understand & I would not expect you to.

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