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The Alternate Commute

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Since spring has sprung in Lincoln, I have been riding my bike to work, class, etc. My daily commute time has not sky-rocketed and I actually feel awake once I get to my destination (this is good, not being a natural morning person). In addition, cycling saves time by combining an aerobic workout with my commute, as opposed to having to do them separately.

In 2004, I purchased a bike that has served me well–a Fuji Cross. It was a used purchase and a very good buy for the money. Still, don’t confuse it with a bike you would find on the Tour. It isn’t the best, but it is still very good for the ride downtown.

That said,  the Sunday Times (of London) had an article that looks at another benefit–thrift. The author dicusses the amount of money saved on gas–petrol, as they say across the pond–and the low costs of upkeep can bring monetary benefit. In addition, the bike, many of which can be pulled from the scrap heap, can be put together with random conglomerations of parts for pennies on the dollar. It is like a cheap man’s fix-er-up home, car or motorcycle. Even those not mechanically inclined can make most bike repairs.

With the combined fitness and financial benefits, the satisfaction one gets from building something for next to nothing makes this a very logical (and intelligent) mode of transport even in the relatively spread out cities of the U.S.


Written by walonline

April 3, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Posted in Soap Box

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