Pumped Over

With the gas light on in my car, I stopped at the Valero on Sylvan at I-30 last week and was stunned to pay $4.09 a gallon! Wow! At least buy me dinner before you bend me over. Since we all know gas boycotts don’t work, here’s an realistic alternative to combat rising fuel prices: buy a bike instead. Here. We’ll take three commuters Oak Cliff Bicycle Company can special order and show you that it pays to pedal. The inspiration for this post came from Bike Rumor’s pic of the day.

All pricing is based on my $4.09 per gallon experience and the average gas tank being 20 gallons (range: Mini Cooper to a small SUV). 20 Gallons x $4.09 = $81.80. So let’s do the math:

6 fill-ups = $490.80. Or a Bianchi Milano Parco at $499.

5.5  fill-ups = $449.90. Or a Kona Dew at $429.

5.5  fill-ups = $449.90. Or a Torker T-300 at $449.

Don’t forget: To make commuting easier, every DART bus has a bike rack on the front and there’s bike spaces reserved on the light rail. Looking for a different bike? OCBC has more styles in store and can special order one from any of the brands they carry.

7 comments

  1. Love the math!! Makes you really think about it.

    BTW, the MINI Cooper only has a 13 gallon tank, so it might take a couple more fill ups. 😉

  2. Agreed! And I know you’re being sassy with me DD. But yeah, it’s just an average. My Honda CRV holds about 17 gallons and my pal who helped me with the math on this drives a Ford F150 and lord knows how many gallons that tanker holds.

  3. I used to own a Ford F150, back when you could fill it up for less than $20. I won’t tell you how poor the gas milage was.
    I don’t miss that tank.

    Speaking of fill-ups, the last time I was at the pump, the previous person had put in $98 worth of gas in their tank. Wow!

  4. […] wait around for bike lanes to show up. One blogger in Dallas, Tex. ran the numbers and found that the $500 he would spend on six tanks of $4 gas would quickly subsidize the purchase of a sweet city bike. As gas prices climb, we’ll […]

  5. […] wait around for bike lanes to show up. One blogger in Dallas, Tex. ran the numbers and found that the $500 he would spend on six tanks of $4 gas would quickly subsidize the purchase of a sweet city bike. As gas prices climb, we'll undoubtably […]

  6. The bike spaces on DART light rail are ~reserved~?

    Every time I board there’s somebody already sitting in front/below the hooks, and they never get up and move.

  7. good math… i really like this one… i will also preferred cycle

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