Not Necessarily the Most Expensive, But the Bike You Bought Without Telling Your Spouse (How to Buy A Bike and Explain it to Your Spouse) – ToJ#1.5

This is a sticky one. You should probably never make a big purchase without telling your spouse. No matter how this goes down, you’re likely to think that this unsanctioned purchase is an invaluable jewel and your spouse most likely will see it as an overpriced tool. The general rule in our house is anything over $400 requires regulatory approval. In which case, I would never end up with anything worth riding over 500 miles. Sorry, Walmart specials are not going to cut it for this cycler. (For more informative entertainment on this, check out Phil’s Video. It’s a hoot!). In this post we’ll try to save your bike by looking out at how biking saves you money.

Honey, I Bought A Bike

A recent tweet from smegheaddan about how he “accidentally” purchased a bike while his family was away reminded me of the time when I almost purchased an e-bike that was “on sale” at the LBS while my family was out of town. It was a Stromer which normally retailed for $5999, that was on sale for $3999. It was black. And it was the last one. And I had just completed an amazing test ride. I made the correct decision to not purchase and instead, responded with, “Let me think about it and get back to you in a few days.” Which by the way, is always a safe and trusted response. (The controversy over e-bikes is a whole separate discussion – the Stromer thing would have been great to commute and tool around town with). So I know what it’s like to be on the edge of potential, ensuing relational strife resulting from spontaneous purchasing decisions.

In the overall scheme of things, there are way worse things that one could have “accidentally” done whilst the family was away. Still, I don’t know that hiding your pruchase is a winning solution. It seems more like a ticking time bomb. So why not own up to your actions and face this head on?

Here are Three Financial Benefits of Cycling to Explain Your Situation (Use at Your Own Risk. Results May Vary)

1. I’ll Save on Gas Money.

Calculate the number of miles you commute to work each day (roundtrip) and multiple by 20. For me, this comes out to 40 miles each day, for twenty days at current gas prices of $3 dollars per gallon comes out to $2,400. This is already way past Walmart specials territory in terms of money saved. More realistically though, I ride two to three times a week so that comes out to anywhere from $960 to $1,440. 

You could always ride more depending on how much hot water you’ll be in. (With my Stromer thing though, I knew that even with the pedal assist and a one thousand watt battery, that there was no distance far enough that I could ride and still NOT end up in the dog house). Here are a few tips for commuting to work to get your money recouping efforts going.

2. It’s Good for My Health (Condition) – I’ll Lose Weight and Save on Medical Bills!

This study shows that cycling helps you achieve a healthier body weight. Specifically, regular commutes to work have been shown to result in healthier bodyweight (decreased BMI). I have personally experienced this myself since starting to bike commute this year. (My best month so far was 500 miles in May). 

However biking not only makes you healthier, it can also play a role in offsetting more life threatening health conditions. Here’s an awesome story about one man who made the life changing decision to get healthy by changing his diet and eventually getting on two wheels. Check out his inspiring story called Biking Away From Diabetes.

3. I’m Helping to Save the World (An App That Pays a Charity of Your Choice For Riding Your Bike)

You can tell him or her that you are literally saving the world. And this wouldn’t be far from the truth with apps that you can use to raise money for a good cause with each pedal stroke.

Charity Miles allows you to submit miles you’ve tracked with your phone to their fundraising program. Also consider checking with your employer to see if they have an exercise program that pays you to stay healthy and fit. Since I work in the life sciences industry, a previous employer of mine sponsored our corporate team to raise money for a local charity to raise money for cancer research. It’s for a great cause and also an awesome way to get to know your co-workers and make friends! 

Tool Or Jewel?

So that bike that you purchased while the the family was out of town and without their knowledge? Hopefully these are three strong cases that lead both you and your spouse to agree that the bike hiding in your attic, basement, or the trunk of your car right now is more than just an overpriced tool that needs to be returned. But rather, it’s an invaluable jewel with the power to not only save on your personal transportation costs, but also the has power to save your life, and the potential to save the world.

Verdict: Invaluable Jewel… but only if you can convince your spouse.

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