With an average commute to and from work each day that brings me close to two whole hours spent on the road it would be foolish to believe that my vehicle would not break down. With this in mind I always make sure I have certain things in place like an emergency road kit and a AAA membership. I make sure that my cell phone is charged and have a charging kit inside the vehicle just in case I need to charge my phone. I keep on eye on my fuel gage religiously and make sure that I don’t run out of gas.
Even with all of that I have still been in situations where I have run out of fuel or the vehicle has broken down and I have found myself walking to try to find a gas station or even a cell phone signal. I don’t need to tell anyone who has ever been in this situation that it truly sucks.
With this in mind I have been looking at purchasing a folding bicycle that I can stuff into the trunk and utilize if I ever needed too. With prices as low as $129.95 at Walmart there really is no excuse not to.
So what plays out in my mind before making this purchase is the question, “What if I never have to use it?” So I have thought about other situation where this bicycle would come in handy. Driving into any big city can be daunting when we are trying to make it downtown. I usually end up fighting traffic to get there, fighting other vehicles for a parking spot and paying up to $2.00 an hour for parking. It may make a hell of a lot more sense to find a free parking space just a mile away and ride the bicycle into find my favorite spot that I come to the city for. It would also be a useful tool for riding around a local park to take in a little exercise and fresh air. Maybe on a quiet Saturday morning I can take a cruise around the neighborhood.
Another area where it would really come in handy is camping. I do love to visit our National and State Parks and many offer small camping stores and shower areas. The problem is that most times I find myself camping a great distance away from these area’s. It would be fantastic to simply pull out the bicycle, fold it open and ride to grab a shower in the morning. Another interesting point is that the size of the bicycle is universal, meaning that you adjust the seat and handlebars to your size. This means that anyone in the family can use the bicycle if needed.
With the addition of a helmet and saddle bag I believe this would make an excellent investment into both my emergency equipment and also and everyday transportation vehicle.