With no Whole Foods in sight, and a quick thousand feet up and over before State College, PA, a quick snack was in order. I had some peanuts on hand, and uncooked lentils and rice, but it seemed the local ice cream/deli/convenience store was calling my name. I was barely off the bike before I spotted a sign advertising two hot dogs for $1.50. Add a gang of condiments and a quart of chocolate milk, and I had both quick energy (sugar: lactose, dextrose, fructose, and more fructose), and something for a few miles down the road (fat and protein). The best part, the bill was $3.00 even.
Of course I can eat healthier, and I can certainly eat cheaper, but considering time and enjoyment alongside health and expense, it wasn’t a decision that was going to break the bank or body, and I made it to State College just fine. The quart of milk, alone, provided 32g fat, 32g protein, with a full daily dose of calcium and vitamin D. Milk has become one of my favorite snack time choices, as I often want something sweet and refreshing, but really don’t need to buy any sugared, colored water (Gatorade, soda, “juice”), and could benefit from the additional food-energy in milk or even soymilk. In rural Pennsylvania, the most local items in a convenience store are often pretzels, old-fashioned potato chips, and milk. Finally, some small-town groceries have paltry food choices. The best I could do in a Sheetz convenience store the other day were a few bananas, salted peanuts, and milk.
Dollars per mile is fun. Beans win the food category, but dried beans are complicated on a bike trip. Lentils and rice (easier to cook) are close as are all grains; oats, peanuts, raisins, eggs, turkey dogs, and yogurt are next. Fresh foods are harder, but bananas are cheap, despite coming from Central America. Apples in season are a dime a dozen as are potatoes, onions, cabbage, and other hardy greens. Fruits and vegetables in season can be affordable, and delicious. Tires: Schwalbe Marathons compete with Marathon Plus…the Plus costs almost 30% more, so does it last that much longer? It might. Brake pads: Kool Stop smooth post cantilever pads in salmon color might outlast most tires. However, replaceable cartridge pads might win because they are cheaper per refill. Lights: If you ride more than a little bit, dynamo lighting will quickly become cheaper than batteries, not to mention more reliable. Shoes: I get an average of six months from a pair of Adidas Samba shoes. My last pair cost $30. Clothing: I’m not wearing underwear. Is that weird?…or cost-saving?
Any good dpm suggestions?
Currently sitting outside Freeze-Thaw Cycles in State College, PA. One of the better bike shops in the country. Go out of your way to see it next time you are in central PA.