If Bike v Car was a movie then we could be on the brink of the sequel: “Bike v Car II”. After racking up the miles in the car this winter I am now getting back into the rhythms of commuting by bike. On both of the last two weeks I have cycled to work three times; however this week I only cycled home twice.
If Bike V Car was a movie then that last sentence would be read out in a dramatic voice in the trailer.
If Bike V Car was a movie it would unfortunately be rubbish.
Anyway, I needed a car because the one I’d been driving had to be returned to my mother-in-law who’d kindly lent it on a short-term basis. However, after just a couple of months of commuting by car my brain was almost warped enough to convince me into thinking I needed a brand new car on a suicidal finance deal. I’m ashamed to admit I even test-drove a sparkly, new thing before finally waking up and realising the devastating impact it could have on potential cycle purchases by being financed to the hilt.
A sensible chat one evening with Mrs BikeVCar about the pros and cons of new vs used cars was followed up the next morning by a clarifying cycle to work where I contemplated that a used car could allow the potential to still buy the new, handmade, steel frame bike I’d been dreaming of. And also, what was the point of buying a brand new car and then not driving it because I still preferred to cycle?
After much hunting for a used car (and then much haggling knowing that every hundred pounds saved was potentially an upgrade in bicycle groupset) I now have myself a decent, four year old estate car. Perfectly sized for transporting bikes! And despite my wife insisting on referring to it as a “station-wagon” I still think it has just a little bit of cool-factor.
If I do now find a way of getting myself a new bike am I allowed to reset the BikeVCar table? BikeVCar II here we come …