Summer has been and gone, and with it three months of my Great Edinburgh Bike Experiment. At the end of May I was up £331 against the fictional car, so let’s see where I’ve managed to get to with warmer weather and more favourable cycling conditions in June, July and August.
Summer’s bike numbers
- Total journeys: 116
- Total distance: 737 miles
- Total calories: 29,925 kcal
- Total climb: 27,088 feet
My bike and I managed to climb to the peak of the south summit of Annapurna in the Himalayas this summer by visiting friends, getting to work, going to yoga and so on. The 10th highest mountain on our planet, Annapurna stretches 26,545 feet to the heavens, so I’ve also started a 500 foot decent. This is considerably more climb than the last quarter – over 11k feet in fact. Just goes to show that summer is the cyclist’s friend.
Bike expenditure in last three months
- No bike maintenance over the summer period – the bike was happy as a clam, just like me.
- £21 – Bus fares in total. I didn’t take the bus much over summer at all because my knees have been behaving.
- Total = £21.00
Public transport equivalent
- I substituted £219 worth of bus fares in June, July and August so the £51 monthly Ridacard would have been considerably more cost-effective.
- Ridacard cost = £153
- Monthly car running cost – £39.16
- Petrol cost for 737 miles – £91.82. The majority of journeys I’ve been doing are in the city, so I’m going to round it up to £95 to account for congestion.
- Total running cost = £251.64
- Total cost – £91.50
- Public transport (£153) + gym (£91.50) – expenditure (£21.00) = £223.50 savings
- Car (£251.64) + gym (£91.50) – expenditure (£21.00) = £322.14 savings
Year to date totals
- Bike vs Public Transport – £528.50 in pocket
- Bike vs Car – £653.77 in pocket
To the end of August I am up over £650 on the car. That is definitely not to be sniffed at, especially with four months to go. The summer period was always going to give numbers a boost because of the better weather, longer days and any excuse to get on the saddle. I’m starting to wonder if I might hit £1k savings by the end of the year?
With £650 in pocket, I could buy an old banger of a car to wipe out my gains from cycling, pay half of my yearly council tax bill OR buy the EBC Revolution tourer for £550 and have £100 left over to buy a nice wee lightweight tent and a couple of nights’ campsite pitch fees…