Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Biking Finances

My husband just bought A-nother bike.

Yes, yes.

Last year, my husband showed me a little snippet from his favorite magazine, Bicycling. I laughed nervously after I read it and noticed the ernest look in his eyes; they seemed to be saying: "This is it. This is why I have this addiction to buying bikes."

Here's the snippet:

"We're going to be honest: Amid layoffs and bleeding 401(k) plans, even some of us here at the magazine are looking at our two-year-old, three-year-old, or downright just plain old bikes and figuring we might as well try to get one more season out of them. But--and here's the honest part, as well--just as many of us are going to buy a new bike (or two) this year. A bicycle is an investment, and its returns lie far beyond the bounds of money. Whatever you spend--anything from $365 for a Jamis Commuter 1... to $9,800 for the Ridley Helium road race...--pays dividends such as a better (and better-looking) body, more energy and less stress, more time to yourself as well as more time with family and friends, and the freedom to blow snot out of your nose without using a tissue. Money can't buy the things a bicycle can give us. But it can buy the bicycle, and that kind of bond seems worth more now than ever." (April 2009, Bicycling)

Yes, I am starting to get it.

The wife of a close biking buddy let slip out that her husband actually went through counseling for a few months because of his addiction to buying bikes. Maybe I am headed that way.

Here is a blurry picture of our garage, or rather, our bike shop, taken with my husband's phone.


Jackie said...

Holy bikes, batman!

Wow. Amazing.

At least they are outside, unlike my husbands bike, that he insists on keeping in the house because, "The humidity will ruin it"

Liz said...

I've heard that one before too, but mostly I just know how much he loves his bikes and wants them to be close when he sleeps.

Luckily, our little house won't allow for that right now - we have always had them in our house, in the front room or in our bedroom. I was surprised my husband gave in and put them out in the garage when we moved here.

sabrina said...

wow. adam is going to get a laugh from this!

Jen said...

Liz, what kind of bike trailer do you have? It looks like a Chariot. Do you like it? We have a Burley but I'm still trying to decide if I like it or not (purchased at REI thank goodness)

Liz said...

It's a chariot, and yes, we do love it. We have had it for 7 years now and use it constantly. It has held up super well and we've had no problems with it. We bike, run, and walk with it. I'm glad we bought it when we were young and naive and didn't know we were spending way too much.

Liz B.B. said...

great blog, sis. can't wait to read all the posts!
SO fun to chat today. you're a breath of fresh air!
oh and your garage looks better than ours! we don't have a lot of bikes, but at least all your stuff is organized!
now, just sell one thing and go freaking buy a denim skirt and black shirt.