For the next couple of months at least, I will be riding my bicycle (pictured above) back and forth to work every day. It's not a long trip, I measured it out in the Van the other day, and it came to 6.7 miles. There are however, a couple of pretty significant hills along the way. It should be "fun" the first week or two, until I get used to it.
After a couple of misfires in my search for an inexpensive used car, I finally just gave up and decided to go with the bike idea.
I've actually been considering doing something like this for quite a while now. But before I went to Iraq, I already had a car, so it wasn't as easy to justify going out and spending money on a decent bicycle too. Now, on the other hand, I am carless, and what I spent on the bike only comes to a month and a half or two months car payment + insurance anyway.
I plan to ride the bike at least until the fall when it starts to get cooler. I have two main motivations ...
- Extra Exercise - we already do military PT every day at work. But, I am getting older; plus I really enjoy food, so every lit bit of extra PT definitely helps.
- Saving Money - I figure even if I got a relatively cheap car, the payments + insurance + maintenance was probably going to cost me something north of $200 bucks a months. While I'm riding the bike, that amount will simply be diverted into "Todd's car fund". In addition, I have a sneaky suspicion that gas prices are going to get up over $3 a gallon again this summer (if not sooner). I have to ride right past a gas station every day on the route to work, so if I feel like complaining about the hills, seeing the price of gas should give me a little extra motivation.
I do plan to buy a car before the winter, but I hope to have a better plan by then. Hopefully I can sock enough away with what I'll be saving to put a better down payment on something a bit nicer. And then even more hopefully, our candle company actually has a car bonus, where they pay for a lease or car payment once you reach a certainly level. Who knows, maybe if I really have a kick butt summer selling candles I can get them to pay for it. ;-)
In any case, I'm sure I'll have a few more stories about riding on hills here in Texas over the coming months ... check back often.
Catch up with you again soon,