The negative cost benefit of cycling to work!

Once again I’ve been doing some thinking while keeping a wary eye on the traffic from the seat of my motorcycle. Way back when I used to cycle to work two or three times a week. That was when it was a reasonably flat 48km per day. For a number of reasons I’ve been off the bike for the last two years but am thinking of getting back in the saddle. However, the ride to work is now an 80km round trip. And it is far from flat!

When I ride regularly my metabolism goes crazy. I can eat anything and everything and still be hungry. If I was to ride to work twice a week I suspect the increase in my food bill would increase by about $50 a week. Herein lies the dilemma. A tank of fuel for my motorcycle costs $25 at today’s price. That normally gets me to and from work for five days. So riding two days a week would save me $10 in fuel and cost me $50 in extra food! That would lead me to believe that fuel is far too cheap. But then again if you normally drove a big car to work cycling would no doubt save you lots of money on your weekly fuel bill.

It is a good thing that cycling has many added benefits for me and the environment. Obviously cycling instead of driving or motorcycling reduces pollution and improves your fitness. The other major benefit I get from cycling is the meditative effect of concentrating on turning the pedals efficiently. After a ride I feel good that I have done some exercise but I feel even better because my brain has relaxed and recharged.

Cycling to work is one of the most time efficient ways to exercise. You will be amazed at how quickly you can ride to work and how much better you feel for it. Give it a go and you may also discover some extra benefits.


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