Steve Benning has been experimenting with bike commuting on a loaner Ohm XS 750 e-bike. Now he has to return the fancy Ohm bike. But he sounds like he’s ready to dust off his own bike and to switch to pure pedal power. Sure, he’d like to keep that sweet $3,799 bike, but it has to go back to our J.O.Y.B.A.G. fleet for more testing.
In addition to becoming a convert to bike commuting, he’s had the opportunity to talk to many skeptics and resistors to bike commuting.
In the video below, Steve says that his most persuasive arguments for bike commuting were simple: It’s fun, and it saves money on gas. Self interest. None of this do-gooder save-the-earth claptrap.
Try it. You have to try it. If I can do it, anyone can do it. And that’s pretty much the truth. And with anything in life, you have to try it first before you can judge it… It doesn’t necessarily have to be on a Monday… I would recommend people trying it first on a day off; riding to and from [work].
They’ll ask, Well how much gas have you saved? And so far I’m right at about $100, is what I’ve saved by commuting by bike. That’s my cell phone bill. That’s my cable bill. That’s my Internet bill.
Thanks to Robert May who let use his bike to exemplify a trashy bike. It’s actually a salvaged Gamma frame that he’s been lovingly fixing up with new components. (There’s just something about that color that makes it look like a piece of junk.)
The interview was filmed at Tacos Locos.