RL Biking his Drive

Right before Interbike I had just changed the oil, checked the fluids and kicked the tires on my Korean Grocery Getter since we were going to use it to drive to Vegas. Well, as I headed out for lunch, I noticed that there was a puddle of coolant under my car. I had suspected earlier that it was my car since I could smell the sweet scent of the green stuff.

I checked the car over once I got home and found that there was a long crack that went right through the middle of the tank. I’m not sure how that happened but it basically meant that I’m going to have to pay through the nose to get it fixed.

Luckily, I have a friend that has a shop that allows me to work on my cars and get parts at his cost, but like I said I have to work on my own cars. Nuff said, so I’ll be out a few hundred dollars again.

Well that was last week and my car is still parked in my spot just collecting dust. I haven’t heard back from my buddy to see when I could come by to replace my radiator. So this whole time I’ve been riding my bike more than I have in the past.

On Monday I rode the kids to work on the Xtracycle, then went straight to the office. Then today I did have a meeting that was way far, so Priscilla drove her car to her office and I told her that I’d come by later to grab the car for my meeting.

I dropped the kids off at school via Xtracycle — we get tons of attention on that thing! Then I went home, grabbed my Redline Nacho and rode to Priscilla’s office. Loaded up my Nacho and headed out to my appointment.

I’m seriously trying to put off repairing my car just so I don’t have to shell out the money, and I’m actually having fun biking my drive!


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  2. Dan

    It was an extended car repair several years ago that showed me that bike commuting could be more than a lark. Of course, you already know that.

  3. Jeff

    It really stings when you have to spend all the money you save by bike commuting to fix the car that you hate to drive. I feel your pain RL. It’s a good thing you are mechanically inclined enough to do the repairs yourself…

  4. RL

    Yeah car repairs suck…My warranty just ran out a few months ago.

    But tis true that I am somewhat mechanically inclined. I’m just grateful that my buddy allows me to purchase parts at his cost.

  5. Val

    Flexcar? If it’s available, that would be an option that would free you from repairs. Just a thought.

  6. RL Policar

    Hey Val,

    Good to hear from you. Flexcar isn’t really an option for me. I still have payments and all that jazz.

    Hey we asked Gork if you were at Interbike, but he said that you were taking care of things back at HQ.

  7. Val

    Well, someone had to take orders – besides, with all the diligent bloggers out there (have you seen ?) I can see the best of Interbike without leaving. Thanks!

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