Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.
…the bike shop loans you this overnight:
Taking this titanium-and-carbon bike for a 35-mile spin this morning was kind of like going from a 386 to a dual-core processor. Or a Razor to a Harley. Or a Easy Mac (shudder! Yes, even I have consumed Easy Mac, in the desperate ravenous hours of college freshmanhood) to a seven-course gourmet meal. Or a disposable Rite Aid (their slogan: With us, it’s personal. Does that not sound vaguely threatening?) point-and-shoot to a digital SLR. Or a piece of charcoal to a fountain pen. The sneaky people at the bike shop knew that all I needed was a few hours in the saddle of a titanium bike to virtually guarantee my (extravagant) purchase of either the Seven Axiom SG or Alaris.
This potential purchase comes after some serious number-crunching, which revealed that in the last two years of commuting, I have:
- Ridden approximately 10,500 miles (only commuting, leaving off the thousands of training miles I rode this spring and summer)
- Saved us about $2,000 (500 gallons) in gas and 22,500 miles on the car
- Not emitted 20,000 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere
Counting these numbers up, I find it rather staggering that I have done this. But at the same time, I could believe that I’ve spent around 800 hours — about 1/10 of the number of hours in a year — riding in the last two years. This has made me think that owning a bike perfectly fitted to me, of a material that can take a beating indefinitely without strain, might actually prove a good investment. By our calculations, a titanium bike would pay for itself in four years, assuming gas prices and our commuting distances remained constant (not at all likely, but how can you guess what gas prices will do, or how long a commute between two unknown points will be?). In short…anybody interested in purchasing a very nice steel cyclocross bike in good condition?