Bicycling in and around Atlanta.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cost of Ownership

Today I had to get new tires for my wife's car. I also had to get her oil changed and her emissions tested. When I returned home several hours later my wallet was $500 lighter. So I began to think what would that $500 buy me cycling wise.

Well it's half of the Rohloff Hub I want.
I could buy a Nexus 8 hub and have a pretty penny left over.
I've had my eye on a Long Haul Trucker Frame
Heck I think I could buy any of the Surly Frames save the Big Dummy.
Speaking of which I could get that Xtracycle conversion kit I've always wanted.
I could buy several if not dozens of used bikes.

I could go on. The point is most people realize how expensive car ownership is. I haven't even touched on gas and insurance. Then there's the American obsession with driving new cars. I wonder how much wealthier the average American would feel without their car.


SiouxGeonz said...

You had to get your wife's emissions tested? Is that anything like a breathalyzer?
"the point is, most people get how expensive..." ???
I don't think I got it, either... 'til I sold it. Bam! that $200 proration from Geico mailed to me. Then... welp, there's just always more money. I considered getting one when I heard about "buy one, get one free" deals and what have you... but even if it sat in the garage... they're very expensive things to own, period, and ... I think it's like quitting smoking. I don't want to go back. I've thought "but it would mean you could just decide to go anywhere, anytime!" ...but that's sort of the point. It's like knowing that if I drink a quart of Jack Daniels, I'll be able to say anything I want 'cause I won't care about it. It doesn't mean I'll be happy about it.
You should get that Xtracycle thingy. Get a jar and put sacrificial contributions into it (I got my bike blender on the strength of skipped poptarts, among other things). It will take your whole life to a higher place.

SiouxGeonz said...

... snork... I'm really not as snotty and self-righteous as that sounds :P It's so hard to translate bliss ...

Evan said...

I'm all for a car free lifestyle. My dear wife sees this as one of my many eccentricities.