Monday, May 16, 2011

Make that 5000 miles on the Surly

In early September, I posted that my commute/touring/do-all beloved Surly surpassed 4000 miles. I'm proud to announce that as of last week, it is now 5000 miles. Not to boast, but the 1000 miles between September and May is rather impressive in itself. Pittsburgh experienced a cold winter and we got several good helpings of snow. This decreased my bike commuting miles, as I chose to drive instead. However, for the most part, I was good about choosing reasonable days to commute during December, January, February, and March. Ever since April and the looming $4/gallon of gas, I have made it a personal quest to bike commute as much as humanly possible. This has been successful. I filled up the tank on my vehicle on April 7th and didn't put more gas in until yesterday, May 15th. So, I went a little over 5 weeks on one tank of gas! Normally, I would have to fill up my tank every 2-3 weeks, so I figured that I saved about $120 in gas during that time period. Cost for the bike = couple of flats ($5 per tube), chain lube ($7), and the occasional bike clean (time). Not to mention the exercise and the liberation of being on two wheels versus four. Bike commuting at its finest. Go bikes!


Ryan said...

Congrats on hitting the 5000 mark. Impressive. Not to downgrade your achievement any but I've put easily over 5000 miles on my Bianchi and I've only had it for a little over 2 years. (March 09) Still it's great to hear the bike commuting is going strong. Hope the weather holds up for you in the upcoming months.

Jason said...

But I also put miles on my other two bikes, even for commuting purposes. The mtn bike gets used a fair amount in the winter. Forgot about those bikes, eh?