Bike News Roundup: Motor Mania (Starring Goofy!)

Due to the Thanksgiving weekend, the Thursday Bike News Roundup is coming out today! As usual this is an open thread.

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4 Responses to Bike News Roundup: Motor Mania (Starring Goofy!)

  1. Gary says:

    Bicycling vs Transit savings:

    Unless you include a high end gym membership, I don’t save anything! In fact it costs me more to ride my bicycle than to take a bus. But that is because I ride high end tires ($40 ea), use quality tubes ($10 ea), own “biky” clothing from places that charge a fortune for jerseys (www.ibex.com and http://www.vintagevelos.com), rain gear from http://www.showerspass.com etc etc. The bus costs me $5 day, at 22 days a month, I easily spend more than $110 a month on parts and amortized clothing and bicycle costs. (I’m assuming clothing lasts between 5 and 10 years of riding)

    But if you factor in a membership at the WAC ($60/mo) plus… well then it at least balances out.

    • Doug says:

      Most people don’t spend that kind of money on their bikes. I commute in the clothes I wear at work, buy my wool at the thrift shop, do almost all of my bike maintenance ( most probably don’t ever do maintenance on their bikes, and rarely upgrade my bikes. I definitely spend less that $110 a month on my commuting bikes.

      • Gary says:

        I ride for an hour and a half to get to work. There is no way anyone would work next to me with out a change of clothes and a shower.

        In the past I’ve bought my wool at thrift shops as well. A pendleton shirt works well if you can get one large enough. Or an old light weight wool sweater.

        But used rain coats suck. Same for tights, socks, gloves and the beanie. The good news is that hand washing will make them last 5 to 10 years.

        I do my own maintenance too (including building wheels), but those dang 10 speed chains wear out in 10 weeks even with regular cleaning. Brakepads, rims, tires, tubes, light systems. All get the cr*p beat out of them with those long winter commutes. And the tools are not cheap either. (although the amortization is probably 30 years.)

        I’m just saying when you factor in all the costs of bicycling it’s not free.

  2. Doug says:

    Re: huge crash

    In he central valley of California, there’s something called tule fog. It is very very thick, and occurs often. It regularly causes huge pileups like the one you linked to. In fact I think it’s the number one weather killer in california. But the real killers are the people who refuse to slow down in that fog.

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