I have now made my new v3 commute long enough to project my weekly commute mileage. Conveniently, I also tracked my weekly mileage on both the v1 and v2 commutes. I find it interesting to note that the results do NOT show I double my bike mileage if I double my commute length, but the bike mileage does increase. In the case of a bike, decreased bike commute mileage means decreased calorie burn. Decreased calorie burn means either one must cut down food consumption or make special trips to go work out to maintain equilibrium. Acch. Diet and exercise!
That is bad enough, but it transpires that I can be more specific than that. Since I’ve kept commute logs, I can quantify things and determine precisely the penalty I shall have to pay for my new, short and easy commute.
|Published Calorie Expenditure Chart|
The NEXT table shows how my own, historical daily average mileage related to different commutes. Remember in this table that daily average mileage uses seven days per week while the commute takes place in five (if you work seven days a week, we need to talk). In addition, you don’t commute when sick, on holidays, or vacation. Finally, remember that working at a more remote location means there will be more days in which driving is needed, simply to make it to appointments or other things where the bike simply isn’t fast enough to make it between two distant points in the needed time. The really short commute assumes that I’d be able to ride even a bit more frequently than my new, 7 mile commute. Even if you work at home, there will occasionally be appointments and such that simply mandate a motor vehicle, whether it is an owned car, a taxi, or a rented car.
|Bike Commute Cost Comparisons|
|The Cost of a Short Commute - Extra Workouts, Dietary Rationing, or Weight Gain!|