Monthly Archives: November 2015

Some November calculations

As tomorrow is my day off I’ve just been calculating my travel expenses for November.
  • 4 car journeys (none possible by bike due to volume of stuff) total 229.8 miles at 45p per mile = £103.41
  • 52 journeys by bike total 336.96 miles at 20p per mile = £67.39
Savings from cycling:
  • cycling 336.96 directly saved the Church £84.24 this month.
  • cycling also saved me money as 45p per mile does not cover the full cost of buying and running a car when you don’t use it much for work. On the other hand 20p per mile is far more than the running cost of a bike (around 1 or 2 pence per mile) so contributes towards the purchase price. If this were annually then it would be about £725 a year above the running cost or a £1,500 bike every 2 years. It does make a very expensive Bike for Life look like good value though. The full cost of even a £5,000 bike is earned in around 3.5 years. Mine is now 3 years old and good for another 30 years which makes it an excellent bargain 🙂
  • It also used around 12,000 calories (around 15 full roast dinners) which is very approximately 1.5kg (3lbs) of body fat. Those figures are very rough indeed, however, it is undeniable that cycling 336 miles in a month does help with my weight management and general fitness.
  • It also saved in the region of 130kg of CO2 emissions.
Disclaimer: the cycling figure contains 2 adjustments. One a reduction as I chose to take a longer route to Market Harborough for fun. The other an increase as once due to tiredness Jane came and collected me by car and I have only charged as if I had cycled home.
So far this month 393 actual miles cycled in total which means I haven’t done as much leisure cycling as normal. Still a better month for work miles so it balances out.

More views of progress

I like this new graph on Veloviewer


If you use Strava and don’t currently use Veloviewer then I can’t recommend it highly enough. A huge feast of wonderful ways to look at your rides (and runs). All for only £10 a year.

As another way of monitoring progress I’m playing again with the Leicestershire Sustainable Travel Challenge. The Stravel phone app is pretty poor (generally it measures distances very, very generously). Despite only starting to record all my work miles on 15th November I’m currently ranked 7th for the month, however, only 52 people have put anything in this month (which given the hassle is not really a surprise).

Anyway something that currently interests me is that I have been closing the gap on my 2012 ride distance. In year to date comparisons I’m about 300 miles behind at the moment. It would be nice to beat that (although I put in a lot of miles between Christmas and New Year in 2012 to complete a Strava challenge to ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve).

Another new target from Veloviewer is to increase the size of the blue square in the map square

The blue square sows that the largest square in which I have ridden in every map square inside it is a 9×9 box. By cycling in 4 more squares I can increase this to 11 by 11 (although the lack of roads in some squares makes this more challenging).

I wonder how much bigger I can get this by the end of the year.


Nice way to make Eddington progress

So today I had a very early start (4:20am) but managed to ride to a 9am meeting in Chesterfield with 40 minutes to spare.

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
03:56:41 03:43:00 54.96 14.79 35.12 2,365.49
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.

With a short 7mile ride round the block at home this evening it counts as a 60+ mile day for my Eddington score. Only 3 more days with over 60 miles and I’ll have that Eddington number of 60 (ridden at least 60 miles on 60 different days).


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