A kilometer biked is a dollar (or Two) earned

I've been waiting for the right time to write about the personal economics of riding a bike for transportation, and a discussion on Twitter this week spurred me to finally do it. If you don't want to read the rest of the post, here's the Coles Notes: riding a bike is probably the best "get rich quick" scheme ever invented, and is guaranteed* to make you a couple hundred thousand dollars before you retire if you start right now.  

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Hub service 101: greasing your bearings for a smooth ride

Did you know that your smooth roll depends on dozens of tiny ball bearings that allow your wheels to turn smoothly, let your pedals rotate freely, and handlebars steer you effortlessly? These parts are especially vulnerable in bikes used to get around because they're often exposed to the elements - rain, snow, freeze-thaw, dew, fog - and moisture is the enemy of smooth rolling. Even worse, if your bearings aren't running smoothly, you can do permanent damage to your hubs, resulting in a whole wheel replacement, or requiring expensive service to the frame of your bike. 

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