Friday, September 28, 2007

First time commute

So, I am still waiting for a lot of stuff to come in the mail from Nashbar & Performance, so I can't full-on take the bike every day, so I've just been walking to the train station & taking the shuttle in the meantime.

Since today was casual Friday (and all the bosses were out) I thought I would just ride in my work clothes and not worry about having to change. It was GREAT! A little cold (short sleeved shirt at 7:00 am at the end of September, I'm a genius) but it made my morning great! Things I learned today:

1) I will be learning how to dress appropriately over the next few months. Hopefully it's not a steep curve.
2) It takes about 1/4 the time to bike to the train as it does to walk. Next time, leave later.
3) Going the long way to the office is faster than waiting for the shuttle and taking it. Score.

The evening train schedule is stupid, and my options are: Bust my tail to try to catch the 5:18 train, or sit around and take my time and catch the 5:33 train. The good news is the 5:33 train doesn't go to Union Station, which is where all the freaking baseball fans go, so I won't have to deal with them. Of course, the season is over on Sunday so that doesn't matter anyhow.

Since the bosses are gone I'm gonna bust my hump, leave at 4:58 and hope to catch the early train.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

The New Ride!

I found her this morning - went to look at a bike on Craigslist that ended up being too small but he had a few other bikes for sale. Check her out -

She's pretty sweet, for $100! Check out the nice work -

I'm not sure how I feel about the knobby tires, not sure I can get fenders around them. I'll probably re-tape the bars as well, since it looks like the original (20 year old) tape on there. But, for the time being, it's my ride. Last night I ordered the garment pannier, fenders and a new lock, so I just need to order the rack and I will be ready to go.

Just need to find somebody to buy the car!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

It Begins

This is the story in brief:

Three weeks ago the starter on my car died. Being cheap AND lazy, I have yet to fix it. So for three weeks we have been a one-car family, and I have been walking to the train station to get to work every day (before I was driving the 8 blocks, how retarded).

So - I'm going to sell my car and replace it with two skinny wheels. I figured that keeping my car (fully paid for) has been costing about $200 per month in gas, maintenance, depreciation, taxes and insurance. Seems silly for a car I was driving like 200 miles a month.

To start, I put my car on Craigslist in Denver. I am hoping to sell it and net some nice proceeds, a portion of which will go to financing my new vehicle, and the rest will go in the bank for us!

Want a tax write-off? By my car and donate it! You'll get a nice write-off and help me reduce my environmental impact. We can talk about the price, probably based on what a charitable organization would give on your receipt. (Plus, if you buy it and we have a charity tow it away, I won't have to fix the starter!)

That's all for now!