Some years ago I used to run marathons and half-marathons. After 3 full marathons and countless half’s I got tired of the crazy training regiment and decided I would switch to triathlons (which would probably require just as much training). I was missing a key component though: a bike. So I got this:
Unfortunately my laziness won over regarding training and I never did any triathlons but I did decide to start commuting to work on my bike. It took a few commutes to get comfortable riding down San Francisco’s Market Street and as I did I began tracking the days I rode. My goal was to see how long it would take to pay off my bike in saved Muni fare. The bike, with accessories, was $981 and considering I paid $4 a day for the bus ($2 each way) I calculated it would take 246 days to pay this off.
I can’t believe it but the day has finally come and I have finally paid off my bike in saved bus fare. Being that I’m a bit of a data tracking/Excel fanatic I had a spreadsheet tally of each day that I rode my bike.
Here is a graph over time that tally’s the days where I rode to work. The steeper the blue plot, the more consistent my ride to work was. The green line represents the percentage of days that I biked to work (246 of 706 days).
Over the course of 706 days I rode to work 34% of those days. Obviously there are some very flat regions on the graph which initially represented laziness, yet some of those days were because I had to drive to work to carry equipment.
Eventually though I broke my laziness streak once and for all and became much more consistent with my bike commute. I started riding everyday and that is where the graph finally consistently increases. Though two recent plateaus of progress occurred because I was unemployed most of last summer and had no where to go, and my gear snapped just recently. I have a tally of the months as well, that show how often I would ride over the 2.5 years its taken.
With a commute of about 3 miles (one way), this puts me at at least 1500 miles over the course of the 2.5 years this has taken me to achieve. I love my Trek!