Oh yeah, I guess I am. Yes, it has been one month since the LA Tour de Fat. The day where I gave up my car and traded it for a new bicycle. If you weren’t there (or still don’t know what I’m always blabbering about) and want to see what went on, check out this video..
I currently have 373 miles on my new bike! So combined with the miles I put on my other bike (the brat), I’ve pedaled 418 miles since October 8th!
So humor me while I do some math and see how much $ I save by not spending it on gas.
The estimated MPG for my car was 22 city/33 hwy so…
418 miles /22 miles per gallon = 19 gallons
19 gallons * $3.71 per gallon (price in LB as of yesterday) = $70.49 saved YAY!!!
Now you do your own math…How many miles do you drive in 1 month?
How much are you spending on gas?
How many of those miles could you ride your bike instead of driving?
So do you think I miss my car? Not at all. As you can see I’m saving money on gas, insurance, maintenance, etc. Although I was really slacking in maintenance dept. the last year or more, only repairing what absolutely had to be fixed. It was always a constant worry whether my car would start or not and whether I would have to get it towed to the shop AGAIN! So that stress and worry has left with the car.
The biggest change so far being without a car has been consistently biking to work. I had become accustomed to biking all over Long Beach since where I lived for over 10 years had horrible parking and I wouldn’t want to lose my space or deal with parking wherever I was going - but would still drive to work. Sure the morning rides to work are a bit brisk biking in 46 degrees lately (I’m not complaining) but it wouldn’t be that much warmer in my car since it had no heater (I refused to spend the money to fix it a few years ago). Hey it’s Southern California, who needs a heater, right? Well, no heater meant the only way to “defrost” the windows was to drive with the windows down partway (since they wouldn’t roll down the entire way anymore). So I actually have better visibility being on my bike. Plus I generate enough heat that I’m all warmed up half way there..