Ray's Biking Blog

I ride my bike to work… I'm a bike commuter


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Sold my Cannondale

CannondaleThat bike is gone. I rode 5,558 miles on that bike. I think about 5,000 of those were “escape” miles. I no longer need to escape. I can now ride freely. Happily. For fun.

And that’s why I sold my Cannondale.

That bike no longer brought me happiness. It reminded me of a chapter in my life that I no longer dwell on.

I have my GT commuter bike now. And I ride that with a purpose. I do enjoy that bike. Can’t get enough of it. It has always been like that, and I’m glad it will continue to be that for me.

I will miss my Cannondale,but not that much…


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100-Mile Month

It’s been a good month on the bike. I hit 101.3 miles for the month of June here. My last 100 mile month was back in October of 2012. (it’s been a while…)

I plan on exceeding this number for July. I am starting to commute into work more, which is a good thing.

Let’s see what July offers.


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2 Rides, 1 day

Yesterday saw 2 rides from me. Last time that happened was on Feb. 20th. Quite a while ago. I need to do more of these.

I laced up the shoes and got out on my Cannondale yesterday for a nice 13-mile ride. Nothing major. Took it nice and easy, but that’s because it’s only my 3rd time on my Cannondale this year. It was also 95 degrees yesterday, so I didn’t feel like riding “balls to the wall” so to say.

The miles are adding up this month. I may actually hit 100 miles for the month. I haven’t done that since October (of 2012….). Yikes.


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How To Save $36

Ride into work. I’m not talking the WHOLE way. Just enough to NOT have to pay for parking… (Yeah, I’m a cheapskate, I know….) Do the math though… Roughly 225 work days a year (factoring in PTO and paid holidays) times $6 a day for parking. That’s $1,350 you’d be saving. EVERY YEAR! Oh, and you’ll be getting in some decent exercise.

My best year of commuting into work saw me ride in 1,327 miles… I rode 2,200 miles that year. Majority of them to get into work. I felt great. I was in good shape. I was saving a ton of money… I rode in 163 days that year. I could buy a new bike EVERY year just by riding into work. It would be a FREE bike.

The best part of my day is the ride in…. only surpassed by the ride back to my car. What an adrenaline rush.

Give it a try. You’ll save money, feel better, and save on gas $ too.

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