How much do you pay each year to commute by bike ?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by BADGER.BRAD, 13 Jan 2019.

  1. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    OK, based on a typical 2.5kpa and including total bike write-off after 8 yrs we still only realise a real cost of around 10p/mile.

    Of course, none of this figures in money saved on fuel, wear & tear or depreciation that would result from me driving at a pure fuel cost of 22p/mile before we even start to consider tyres, wear & tear, tax and insurance. Even with the most expensive bike available, cycling is still cheap.
  2. KneesUp

    KneesUp Veteran

    Why would you include money saved on fuel etc. in calculating the cost per mile of the bike?

    The bike costs £x per mile. The car costs £y per mile. The difference is £z.

    AS you say, £x will always be less that £y - unless you are doing something very wrong with the bike. (Or - as 17 year old me did - using your mum's car and never filling it up)
  3. Nebulous

    Nebulous Veteran

    I don't keep count - but not a lot. I've a very short commute. I change the chain once a year, pads on the mechanical discs a bit less often than that. Probably a set of lights once a year. I get some money back in expenses- though work use has dropped off recently - I'm covering bigger distances and often drive instead of cycling. My high-viz waterproof jacket came in a big bag of second-hand cycling clothes I got for £40.

    I spend quite a bit on leisure cycling and the commuter is treated as the poor relative. It's components are often used as a make weight purchase to get me over a threshold to trigger a discount from a cycle shop.
  4. beany_bot

    beany_bot Über Member

    Last year I bought a cassette and chain. I was £17.
    That would have been one day on the train.
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  5. Rosie 5678

    Rosie 5678 Regular

    I'm new to commuting but before I started I was able to work out I spend£80 a month on fuel per month getting to work. I've not worked out how much I will save in terms of things for the car etc and I know I will have to buy some bits and pieces for my bike but I don't think that will be as much as the parts for the car
  6. Truth

    Truth Boardman Hybrid Team 2016 , Boardman Hybrid Comp

    I try and work out what I save moneywise cycling in to work but can you put a price on health and fitness....
  7. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    If i bike to work its 20 miles a day i dont drive my van. Van averages 50 mpg, i dont know what a gallon costs but id think its about £12 a week for a 100 miles..
    As for cost, i just see it as beneficial to my health, i buy bikes and upgrade them.

    Now if i was a cycle to the station or similar and had to lock my bike to a bike rack all the above would change.

    Cheap function bike and nothing nice would be fitted to it.
  8. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    I don't commute by bike, but cheap & functional has to be the recipe for any form of utility cycling in dodgy areas, unless you are prepared to take a big theft risk with valuable bikes and/or lug around a ton of super heavy duty locks with you. The biggest single cost for most riders is depreciation, if they buy their bikes new. My bikes are essentially already fully depreciated when purchased secondhand at 20+ years old, so the starting point is a very low nominal bike value and my only per-mile cost of cycling is replacing wear & tear items like tyres and brakes.
    When I'm riding a hack machine that is running on tyres and tubes that have come off something I've pulled out of a bin, cycling probably does work out less per mile than walking in some cases.
  9. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Inside my skull
    Unless you pull shoes out the bin as well.
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  10. straas

    straas Über Member

    Probably average:

    £100 / year in parts
    £50 / year in clothing etc
    £180 / year for bike storage / showers / locker
    had the bike 3 years at a buying cost of £400

    So under £500 / year

    Local transport would be £50/month so £600 / year

    The £100 "saving" probably goes on cakes.
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  11. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    N Ireland
    I have found my costs going down since I started cycling 'seriously' around 5 years ago. Once I hit my first winter I bought appropriate clothing (overshoes, thermals, gloves etc) and equipment (multiple lights, tools, mudguards etc) so I don't buy that kind of stuff as much now. I do however find it hard to overlook a bargain so have ended up with probably more gear, clothing and bikes than i should've been everything still has monetary value to some degree. If I was spending £100 a month on beers or whatever, there is recoup-able value there. I think last year I spent around £1300 on everything bike related i.e. new bikes, sportives, equipment, servicing, parts, clothing, insurance etc.
  12. Grievesy

    Grievesy Active Member

    Dumfries, Scotland
    I found this awhile ago. sums it up roughly. I think it was based on a 5 mile each way commute.

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  13. RoadRider400

    RoadRider400 Well-Known Member

    Bike second hand was £110
    Lights about £40
    Clothing and helmet about £125
    2 backpacks and a tailbag £50
    Locks £25
    Tyres and tubes about £100

    Thats three years total £450
    So yearly average £150 to date.

    However the commuting has made be catch 'the bug', so thats cost me an additional £350 on a second hand road bike then another £200 on various upgrades/new clothing.

    Which brings the real life total to £800. Or £267 a year average.
  14. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Inside my skull
    My cycle clothing bought for commuting 16 years ago is still in use. The damned stuff just won't wear out!
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  15. hatler

    hatler Guru

    3000 miles commuting pa. Consumables annual cost roughly : -
    • 1 x tyre @ £25 = £25
    • 2 x tubes @ £5 each = £10
    • 2 x chain @ £15 = £30
    • 1 x set of pads @ £10 = £10
    • 1/2 cassette @ £30 = £15
    • 1/2 chain ring @ £30 = £15
    • 1/5 pair of jockey wheels @ £20 = £4
    • 1/5 pair of pedals @ £30 = £6
    • 2 inner cables @ £3 each = £6
    • 2/5 wheel build @ £120 each = £48
    • 2' of outer cable @ £1/ft = £2
    • Bit of a bottle of lube, say £1
    • 6 x patches say £1
    • 1/8 bar tape @£20 = £2.50
    • 1/8 set of mudguards @ £32 = £4
    Total £179.50 which is approx 6p/mile
    Cost by train approx £1400

    One off costs (as in, I've only bought them the once in 11 years of owning the bike) (all figures are best guesses) : -
    • Bike £2400 (including extras like pump, rack, mirror)
    • Fancy Lumicycle LED light system £250
    • Hope Vision 1 lamp £50
    • Cateye rear light £20
    • Ortlieb panniers £200
    Total = £2920

    Don't ask.

    Clothing. Other than two pairs of MTB shorts and one pair of gloves I don't think I've thrown any of my cycling clothing away ever, so as yet it's not consumable !
    Shoes £400
    Shorts £300
    Jerseys £500
    Gloves £160
    Clear specs £100
    Waterproof jacket £120
    Two pairs Ron Hill bottoms £70
    Overtrousers £50
    Two pairs overshoes £60

    Total £1760
    Last edited: 27 Jul 2019
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