Since I’ve gotten more hardcore into bike riding in the last few years ironically I’ve driven more. Last summer my riding buddy Terry got a new car without a bike rack which left me doing all the driving. This year he decided he wasn’t going to ride his bike which has left me doing all the driving.
Now if you’re wondering why I don’t just ride from my house, well that’s a good question. I’ve written in the past how bored I’ve got with all the roads around my house; coal trucks make some of the better hilly roads off-limits and unless I’m aiming for a 50+ mile ride then the route is pretty repetative. There aren’t many riders in my town so if I want to meet up with others to ride then I’ve got to go to them, and the biggest thing is that I’ve gotten more into traveling to organized rides or just out-of-state adventure because I’ve grown (actually shrunk) alot as a cyclist.
So my Monte Carlo gets about 25 miles per gallon on the highway with a bike on top. One trip we had two bikes on top and two on back and 3 passengers. I sware I could literally see my gas gauge moving. Gas is currently over 4 dollars a gallon which isn’t that big of a deal to my daily life, it kind of bothers me when I’m driving to something frivolous like a bike ride.
Compound this with the fact I’m getting burned out on the Monte Carlo, its got these big heavy doors that suck, and while its been a great car that hasn’t given me one single problem in 6 years I’m just getting tired of driving it. The fact is I want to drive something like this.
Yes, I want to drive a tiny race car that I could barely fit in, with 2 seats, and nearly zero utility. I’d like it to have cool racing tires that cost 300 dollars apiece, a custom body kit, and a big fat chrome tailpipe. But that fact is that I’m way to down to Earth to ever give in and drive something like that, in fact I probably won’t buy a car until one of ours dies. My wife’s Daewoo will probably die before long, yes I said Daewoo. Its been an excellent car, that we haven’t spent a penny on, but its ten years old and its starting to get that, put me out of my misery look, so we’ll probably be car shopping before too long and I bet we get this.
It won’t be as cool but with 50 miles per gallon I’ll at least be able to go places.