30 11 | 2018

Le coût du déplacement à vélo

Written by Tanguy

Classified in : Homepage, Vélo

En apprenant que je me déplace quotidiennement à vélo, certains, après avoir salué les bienfaits que cela représente pour ma santé et pour celle de la planète, ajoutent que c'est également une économie, puisque c'est gratuit. Ils n'ont pas dû voir mon budget dédié au vélo, qui dépasse un peu les 200 euros par an. Comparé à l'automobile ou aux transports en commun, c'est donné, mais ce n'est certainement pas gratuit.

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23 11 | 2018

I am buying stuff for Green Friday

Written by Tanguy

Classified in : Homepage, Miscellaneous, Grumble, Bike

So, today is Black Friday, and today, environmental and zero-waste organizations are promoting Green Friday, suggesting that people abstain from buying stuff, and to create and repair things instead.

Well, believe it or not, while I am in favour of reducing consumption and waste, and because of that, I am buying stuff on Black Friday, and doing so in order to repair things, namely, my bicycle.

I am an intensive bicyclist, commuting almost exclusively by bike every day, and guess what? A bicycle needs to be maintained, and for that, requires spare parts. As a bicyclist, I do not believe at all in zero waste, which is just an unrealistic goal, perfectly impossible to achieve. With the six thousands kilometres I ride every year, I am buying an average of two tires, one cassette, one or two chains and eight brake pads every year, and proudly dumping exactly the same, used ones.

So, for Black Friday, bike resellers are offering actual discount on spare parts, and, for the planet's greater good, I am buying some. This is not additional purchase, just stuff I need to maintain my environment-friendly attitude.