Instead of taking up the offer to go to a free indoor climbing session in Richmond and then head up to Cypress for day of skiing, I took advantage of the good weather by heading out to the two mountain bike parks that are reasonably accessible: Pipeline Bike Park and the skills park near Edmonds station.
I skipped out on the rock climbing because getting there requires that I take the same route I do to work every weekday. As good as the actual workplace is, I do not need my Saturday to remind me of the absolutely boring and dreadful commute I endure five days a week. As for the skiing, as much as I would have loved for more snow time, it was going to be a bit of a hit in the wallet, especially since I’ve not fully recovered from the spending from last semester.
Then, I realized something: a big reason why I bike is that once you pay for the gear, it’s essentially free.
The occasional trips to Whistler and other bike parks aside, there are no passes to pay for and no extra transportation costs beyond what I’m already required to maintain for my day-to-day activities. Sure, parts are pretty pricey, but with some care, repairs and replacements are few and far in between.
It’s not that I haven’t realized this before. It’s that no longer having any savings left plus a load more expenses has made the advantage clearer than ever.
I love biking.