Monday, April 5, 2010

A bike is a smart use of tax refund

A March 13 article in The Plain Dealer gave some very helpful advice on smart ways to spend a tax refund. The tips (in bold below) make the case for using that money to buy a bicycle:

Spend it on smart resources or tools that will save you money. Hmmm... that sounds like a bike that you can use for errands around town to conserve gas money or to exercise outside instead of in a gym with a costly membership.

Use it to improve yourself. Did you know a bicycle ride at a moderate 10 mph pace for an hour burns 400 calories? Or that regular cyclists are 50% less likely to experience depression?

Go green on products that pay for themselves in the long run. You know that bike that saves on gas usage and car maintenance? A 4-mile ride on it also keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air.

Spend your tax refund on experiences. Think how much fun you'll have cycling on bike paths all over Northeast Ohio with your family and friends. Or maybe try a Century Cycles Night Ride on the Towpath Trail this summer!

1 comment:

  1. Here, here! I just commute to work by bike 2-3 days/week in the summer and it definitely saves on gas. Not to mention how GREAT I feel at work all day. Every one should do it! Too bad bikes arent tax-deductible... yet! Maybe if more of those grumpy drivers got a bike, the roads would be a happier place!

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