ok, so you saw gas for less than 4 bucks… August 9th, 2008
what i’m saying is, as gas gets cheaper, people will probably start driving more and taking the bus/bike less. this is not good. those of you who have begun bicycling due to increased fuel costs will by now know the secrets of the bike. they don’t just save you money. no, no no.
riding a bicycle has these effects on everyone:
1. increased sexy-ness
2. makes your brain work better
3. fights depression
4. gives you more self confidence
5. gives you an edge in traffic
6. helps keep your punk-rock street cred
7. scares drivers. not a lot, just enough.
8. justifies more beer drinking
9. balances the chi
10. eliminates STDs (ben parsons is not a doctor)
if the above reasons and photo are not enough to convince you to stay in the saddle, then check this- today i had to replace a tire on our honda. mel sideswiped a curb, and it punctured the sidewall, making a repair impossible. i spent 3 hours and 80 dollars getting that piece replaced. compare that to when i got a flat on Nacho (my ‘cross bike) out on Bainbridge island with World War Z and Back Door Dave- i had a new tube in there in about 4 minutes, which i then accidentally punctured with a tire lever, meaning that i had to replace it with another tube. the whole thing probably took less than 10 minutes and cost about six bucks. two tubes in ten minutes for less than ten dollars. come on!
PS. Bainbridge Island was obviously designed by some masochistic freakshow of a road engineer. it has some of the steepest, most gigantic hills i have ever seen. good thing i grew up in Shelton!!!