The Frugal Cyclist, May 2010

The Frugal CyclistMay is Bike Month, so here are some stories about bicycling to work and saving money:

Bike to Work, Get in Shape, and Save Money

“May is National Bike Month, and you won’t get a better opportunity this spring to jumpstart your get in shape program, do your part to green-up the environment, save money for a vacation and, of course, impress everybody at the office.” [link]

Ditch Your Car and Save Money

“Do you realize how much it costs every year to own a car? Did you know more and more people are getting by without a car? When factoring in other costs, such as car payments, maintenance, and gas, AAA found that the average annual cost to own and operate a sedan is $8,487 . That comes out to $707 a month.” [link]

Making Your Own Energy Enhancing Snack

You don’t have to spend big bucks on prepackaged on-the-bike food. Here’s how to make your own energy enhancing snack bars from honey, oats, nuts and other healthy ingredients. Recipes for “Gu 2.0”, “No Bake Energy Bar”, and “Deliciously Cheap Energy Bar”. [link]

Good tips on renting or buying a bike when traveling

“So you want to travel around a city by bicycle, I mean who doesn’t? Here is an article from the NY Times with some tips on finding a bike either for rent or to buy.” [link]

How to make DIY Bike Panniers

“Make professional looking panniers from mostly re-used materials. As an added constraint for me, it has to work with my recumbent bike AND your traditional diamond frame bike. Total cost: $20 plus 1-2 hours construction time. [link]

Bicycles on a Budget

“At Let’s Go Ride a Bike, Trisha and I aim to show how transportation cycling can be simple, stylish and fun. A major factor of ‘simple’ is low cost — the only lower cost transportation option is walking, which we also enjoy, but it takes quite a bit longer.” [link]

A Sports Drink You Can Make at Home: Newt Nectar

“Strenuous exertion can take it out of you. Literally. Exercise means sweating, and sweating depletes your body’s electrolytes and fluid levels. If you don’t keep hydrated and if you don’t maintain an electrolyte balance, you’ll run out of energy. Why would you want to make your own sport drink? Two reasons—cost and flavor.” [link]

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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web’s premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

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