I've had a pretty interesting week of bike rides. Of course, just like anyone else, when I say "interesting" I mean bang your head against the wall frustrating.
First, an update on my foot. The good news is that I am 100% pain free while walking. *cue the heavenly music* While I am no doctor, even though I drink as much Dr Pepper as humanly possible, even I know that no pain while WALKING has to be a good sign. I'm going to give it a few more days and a few
drinks bottles of wine and see how I am on Sunday. I'll probably try to do a quick 3 or 5 miler in Napa to test it out. Hopefully I'll be sober, but if not at least I will feel no pain.
So, on to the biking. Like I said before, biking has been fun, but just a we bit of frustrating. The reason? 110 pounds per square inch. That is how much air I must put in my bike tires. I am pretty sure that this is just shy of the amount of hot air in one episode of Jerry Springer.
So far this week, I've rode my bike on Monday and Thursday. (I know, not every day like I said, I'll put on the cone of shame.) How many flat tires have I had? Two. That, my bloggie friends, is batting 1000. Good when you are trying to run and not shart yourself, bad when you are biking and don't want a flat tire. An example:
This morning I went for a pretty long bike ride (for me). I pedaled my way through 25 miles of suburban Phoenix. The bike ride itself was actually quite fun - except for all of the snot that CONSTANTLY dripped out of my nose. Luckily, I have no shame and I was a snot rocketing, sleeve wiping, and sniffing more than a coke addict should ever sniff. All was well while I was cruising along at my normal 15.5ish MPH pace (including stop lights) when at mile 21 (of 25) I got another flat tire. 11 minutes and an indescribable number of swears later, I had a new tire and all was right with the world. I ended up finishing with an overall pace of 14.0 MPH. This is especially frustrating because my "biking" time was somewhere around 17.5 MPH average (not including stop lights).
Having yet another flat got me thinking about the total cost of ownership of biking vs running. With both you certainly have to buy food. That is a given. And no matter how hard I try I can't go naked for either
because my wife won't let me. So, that is basically a wash. And, since the bike is a pretty hefty investment itself, for my purposes I'll ignore it. (my game, my rules) Here are the two cost lists that I came up with:
- Shoes: $90
- ??? Is that it???
- Tubes: $7
- Air canisters for road flats: $2
- Tires: ??
- Frustration of changing tire while looking like a dork wearing a bike helmet: priceless
So, while it seems like running is way cheaper, it turns out that you just spend your money in different installments. As long as I only go through 9 tubes over a 3 or 4 month period (fat chance), I'll basically break even. Believe me, I'm surprised too. I honestly didn't think about it in those terms, so I guess I should give biking a break and suck up the embarrassment of changing a flat on the side of the road. Besides, it isn't like I don't already look like a tool with running shorts on and a bike helmet, right?