Have you ever wondered how much it costs to drive a car? Not the monthly payments, although, that is a part of it. I mean all of the things that go into driving- gas, taxes, road maintenance, insurance, depreciation, parking fees....... it adds up super quick!
I started to think about this the other day when someone couldn't believe how much my bike cost. She was even more startled to find out I would buy my bike again if it were stolen. I have, as many of you know, a Batavus Socorro.
The original MSRP was $1799! I got lucky, and through a decision made by Seattle Bike Supply to not be the North American distributor for Batavus, I was able to buy my bike, new, for $999. I have since put about $350 worth of modifications on it (Brooks saddle, Bobike seat, Basil panniers, various other things...). When my husband bought the bike for me, he had just started a new job after 2 years of consistent work with inconsistent pay and we were pretty much broke. My old bike was no longer meeting my needs, so James decided our first splurge with a real pay check was my beautiful Bat!
Despite its price tag, and there are bikes out there that are way more expensive, it was a deal. Looking at my average daily riding since the beginning of the year, about 15 miles a day, I can expect to ride 5460 miles this year (my goal in January was 15oo!). After cruising over to Commute Solutions and using their calculator, I learned that to drive those miles would cost me $7403.76!! I still own a car, and so, I can not mitigate all of the expenses involved with ownership. However, according to the numbers on the calculator, just the savings in gas and maintenance for those miles, $1037, will pay for my bike!
None of this is new information, but it is illuminating. In this time of financial uncertainty, we would all be way better off if we rode more and drove less. Anyway, there are no snuggly moments in cars, which are priceless!