One more bike commuter

By | May 20, 2010

Well, I did it. Or at least I’m going to try to take some credit: my dear husband has started cycling to work.

(insert polite applause here)

This is a big deal to me – my V8 pick-up driving, early rising construction worker hubby is riding his bike to work. In steel toed boots. I’m very proud.

I will admit to you that he is not doing very much pedalingmp_main. Most of the work is done by his Magic Pie. But I would like to point out that a Magic Pie does not run on an eight cylinder gasoline engine.

Now, DH usually gets up just after five, and is on the road at 5:30. The roads are deserted at that time of day – yesterday he didn’t encounter a single soul on a 2k stretch of the Queensway at the foot of High Park. He comes home before three – before the start of the afternoon rush. He also has to carry his tools – not every day, but often enough. He’s got his lunch to carry, and boots. They weigh considerably more than regular footwear. For these reasons, and more, he decided to go electric.

After much research – he settled on the Magic Pie. Rear hub motor, powerful battery, great reviews, awful name. Makes me hungry every time I say it.

Over the weekend he overhauled his old bike: new rear rim, new tires, kludged the battery on to the rear rack, tuned the brakes and shifters, new front rack, new panniers. Monday he didn’t ride, I wouldn’t let him: no helmet. So Monday afternoon, off to MEC, purchase helmet. Tuesday was the inaugural ride. His commute time only increased by 7 minutes. From thirteen minutes to twenty minutes. Can you believe that? I can’t.

So what are the benefits? Plenty. We are going to save SO MUCH MONEY. About twenty dollars a day. That’s one hundred dollars a week. Four hundred dollars a month. That deserves caps: FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS A MONTH.  That’s just gas and parking to downtown five days a week. Then there’s the parking location: he used to have to park a long way from his site and hoof it two, three, ten blocks back and forth. Now, he gets to park outside the front door. Or the back, or inside, or where ever he likes.

Anyway – I think it’s awesome.

I will update with some pictures of his bike and his setup a little later. I’ve also got to update y’all on the progress on my Galaxie, my new tires are on, and I’m almost finished with the rear rack.

Happy Cycling!


5 Comments

Joe T. on May 20, 2010 at 7:59 am.

That’s great! Is there anything you can’t do Claire?

Getting him to bike to work is amazing, and that it only takes him 20 minutes to get downtown is even more amazing.

The $20/day thing is cool too. Very cool.

annied on May 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm.

Well done! And it’s not just him – the people he works with will see him showing up on his bike and ask him about it, and I bet at least a couple of them will decide to give it a try too. It’s like an epidemic. Heheheh!

Dottie on May 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm.

Awesome! That’s a lot of freakin’ money to save, plus all the other fun benefits.

My husband also rides to work in steel toed boots very early in the morning. :)

Very cool to hear about the electric hub option.

Xander on May 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm.

Thats amazing, my wife works at st joes and that stretch of the queensway is a nice transformation with bike lanes and a wonderful ride passing grenadier pond. the $2.99 breakfast at the grenadier cafe is a great morning pitstop also.

$400 bucks a month! thats some great vacation!

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