See, we recently lost a car in an accident (long story, not my fault, overpass still destroyed the car, only liability insurance). So we had to suddenly evaluate our car situation. There is no way we could add another loan payment to our monthly obligations. Second, we're tired of getting used cars that don't last long or come with hidden problems.
Luckily enough, we're in a position to only need one car right now. Though Mike will be starting up classes, they're either at night or on the weekend. Second, we live right on a bike trail, which not only goes downtown where Jennie works, but literally right behind her building.
So bikes it is (with careful planning until then so Mike isn't stuck home every day...).
Like most people, we've gone the cheap route on Wally World bikes. Twice. I estimate we've probably spent $500 on bikes in the past 8 years. Cheap bikes are exactly that: cheap. They'd break, be uncomfortable, or be easy to abandon. Which I shamefully admit we have done. Long-term planning + college students ... well, you get the picture.
So this time around, I want a serious bike. Which also means a serious pricetag. I want something that will get me to work, get me exercising, and provide something Mike and I can do together.
Based on the models we looked at, we're looking at spending approximately $900 on 2 new bikes.
|Trek 7100 Hybrid Bike Path Bike: $420 (ish) + tax|
That's a cheap used car!
But I have to tell myself, these ARE in place of a cheap used car. This equipment is promoting entertainment, health, and environmentalism all in one. That's a good combo for nouveau hippies like us :)
So to purchase these bikes circa April, when I'm hoping the snow will melt, we have to squirrel away around $225 a month into savings. Sigh, particularly when we've been averaging $60 a month, and that in itself has been steep.
Of course, we are going to look at some more options, particularly national chains like Dick's or Scheel's. A friend also suggested checking out pawn stores, which is a fantastic idea.
Regardless of getting the money together, I am excited about this venture. It's perfect in so many ways. And the best part: we've both resolved to not buy a second car until we can do so upfront, no loan, gently used.
Any other suggestions for getting a good bike?