Counting the Cost

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  1. Cheri Merritt says:

    A lady after my own heart, to be sure.

    Because I chose to move to a cycle-friendly city in Southern Ca and we are retired and have only a few time commitments, living without a car is not only far more economic; it is far more hassle free and easy to manage. I can rent a car or take Lyft whenever I want!

    “There is nothing compared to everything I gain by traveling by bike.” is Diana’s statement that says it all for me. Errands drudgery left my life for good with exit of my last automobile, which I loved, by the way. (A Suburu Forester). For anyone who loves cycling like Diana and I do, it is a great life. And I haven’t even bought my first cargo bike yet.

  2. Dave H (@BCCletts) says:

    Why on earth do you keep on owning a car. I gave up car ownership in 1976, and typically my annual motoring costs then dropped to under £1000/year – all inclusive. I always drive a near new car, with the major benefits

    1) If anything needs sorted – its someone else’s problem
    2) I can hire the right vehicle for the job – no fuss about trying to fit flat pack furniture in the family saloon – a van for £7-£9/hour from car club or the Hertz 24/7 big vans at IKEA and B&Q. Or hire a 7-seater for the family holiday ….
    3) You pay only for what you use, and can convert your driveway/paved area into a bigger lawn (reinforced to take the occasional hired car if you want)
    4) When you want to impress you can even hire a Bentley or Lambourgini – for an eye watering daily rate (c.£600-£700)

    PS if you do join the Enterprise Car Club (official concession with CEC) or Co-Wheels/other options let me send you my membership number, so we both get introduction offers of hire time credits!

  3. Dave H (@BCCletts) says:

    PS – forgot to mention taxis – in areas of deprivation & VERY low car ownership folk have worked out that typically a bus pass (c.£1/day for annual card) or a bike (even less than bus pass) plus £5-£8 on a taxi home with the weekly shopping costs less than the £12-£16/day to keep a decent car on the road.

  4. Karen Gee says:

    Brilliant calculations Diana – I think you definitely deserve both cakes. It’s the ongoing savings that really do mount up over the years. However, I agree with you it’s the ongoing health benefits (physical and mental) that will eventually outweigh anything else. In 10 years I’m guessing you’ll be significantly more mobile and fit than peers who have sat in traffic jams everyday.
    Looking forward to reading more of your blogs next year. Have a great Christmas, Karen

  5. Agatha says:

    Hi Diana

    Fantastic article. Our maths is very similar to yours – many years until we would ever cover the cost of our Winther cargoo by comparing to petrol saved.

    I just got ice tyres for it (schwalbe marathon winter). I’m trying to decide when to fit them as they look like quite a bit of effort to swap on and off. How much noise/trouble do they are on but there isn’t any ice/snow?

    Thanks!!

    Agatha in W Yorkshire

    • Diana says:

      I just have the rear ice tyre at the moment. To be honest, I got my local bike shop to fit it for me cos it is just easier! I’ve had no problems riding on it when there is no ice or snow. It sounds a bit like riding through gravel, but other than that, I can’t say I have noticed any difference. Never thought I would find myself wishing for ice…so I can test it out properly!

      • stephen roe says:

        I’ve had ice tyre’s same ones as you Agatha but whenever I put em on it warms up again ha ha. Should explain this is on a cyclo-cross bike TBH not difficult to fit, they are good fun on the ice and make a lovely reassuring noise with the rolling resistance .

  6. Agatha says:

    Taking off the front wheels to swap over the tyres doesn’t look too hard although I’ve not tried it. Putting the rear tyre back on is really difficult because of the massively heavy rear hub motor. It was really hard to fix a rear split inner tube. Not looking forward to the work involved to swap the tyres over so I’ve been putting it off. I was wondering if it will be so noisy that pedestrians will notice the rumble 🙂

    • Diana says:

      I don’t think anyone but me really notices the noise to be honest. I’m the same as you – I don’t mind changing front tryres but dread having to do anything with the rear one, especially when fully loaded with two children!

    • Diana says:

      I don’t think anyone but me really notices the noise to be honest. I’m the same as you – I don’t mind changing front tyres but dread having to do anything with the rear one, especially when fully loaded with two children!

  7. Agatha says:

    Job done. Did one front wheel yesterday with the box balanced on a step stool. Was just starting on the other one when I found a broken spike so I abandoned that one and took it to a local bike shop to change the broken spoke (no charge to change the tyre because they had to take the tyre off to fit the replacement spoke. I fitted it back on yesterday them tackled the rear one today. I figured out, belatedly that refitting the rear into the frame needed me to slightly pull the rear frame apart to get the wheel axle in with its requisite shims. It never occurred to me that the frame would be slightly flexible and need me to do that so I fumbled for ages trying to get it into a space that was just a little bit too small to go in. I guess it wouldn’t be a problem if you were dealing with a regular bike you could turn upside down because gravity would do the work, but the trike needs you to lift the wheel into the slots whilst just slightly pushing the frame open. Really useful tools for the job: brake pad spacer (thin tool that goes between the pads and the rotor whilst you tighten the screws so that when it’s removed, the pads are evenly spaced), a tyre bead jack (helps us weedy people put a heavy duty tyre back onto the rim), 1.5mm pin spanner (needed to get the hub caps off the front wheel). I could have managed without the brake pad spacer but it makes any pad change much easier. I don’t think I could have dealt with the spiky heavy duty marathon winter tyres without the bead jack and the Winther hubcaps are impossible to remove without a pin spanner. So I reckon I can justify the cost of having acquired these. Now I need to get brave and try riding with the new tyres on!

  8. Diana says:

    Well done! Let me know how you get on with them.

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