5614Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Re: Urban automobile cost per mile
- Mar 4 7:48 AMThe discussion originated by saying that the cost of maintenance of a bicycle is comparable to the cost of maintence of a car. I'm assuming you are riding a high end bicycle, and have a car that breaks down relatively infrequently. An expensive bicycle with high end components is not necessary. For instance, I commuted more than 1000 miles over the course of several years on a three speed bicycle that cost $5. I spent roughly $40 in maintenance over those years on that bike. Although the buy-cycling community would like all cyclists to think they have to have high end equipment for a simple commute (or worse a ride on a circular path in an urban park) it isn't true.
On the other hand, because I can't afford a newer car, I spent several thousand dollars on rapairs and maintenance of the car during that same time. Hardly comparable expenses.
>>> jason@... 02/28/03 02:32PM >>>sorry, I don't fancy eating cheap butter in large quantities. The simple
>In any case the calories per se cost virtually nothing: 100 gramms of
>cheep oil or butter (=900 calories) may keep you biking for at least
>1-2 hours (you can count better than me the traveled distance during
>this time). What you pay for when you buy food, is more the taste and
>the eating enjoyment than the calories that contains. The possibility
>to extend this enjoyment may represent more a positive value than a
fact is that if I cycle into London (11 miles) rather than get the train, I
have to pay more for food. Whichever way you look at it, that's part of the
cost that should be considered. I am talking about simple cash outlays that
have to be budgeted for. I don't really see any way round it. You're
talking about whether it is worth it, which is a completely different
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