Most of the Time, Air is Free

AirFor the first time this year, I got on my bike. I wanted to test out the new hike/bike trail that is nearly complete just a few blocks from my house.

Since my bike has been in storage since last year, I figured the tires would need air, which they did. Finding air for bike tires has been an adventure ever since I was a kid. Some gas stations have it and others don’t. The same is true today. But, what’s different is that the stations that do have air often charge you for it.

Seriously, $0.75 for air? AIR?

And the thing is set on a timer that is guaranteed to go off just before you get done with the airing up of tire, particularly if you need it for all four tires on your truck.

I did have a good ride and the new, nearly finished trail is awesome. A few stats from my ride:

Miles traveled: appx 4
Songs heard on iPod: around 20
Repairs required en route: 1
Times nearly hit by car: 2
Amount of mud accumulated on tires: appx 5 lbs
Damage: cut on hand

  3 Replies to “Most of the Time, Air is Free”

  1. April 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    It’s a whole buck where I live, you lucky bastard.

  2. Matt Bramanti
    April 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    The guy in the gas station can usually turn it on for free and has every time I’ve asked.

  3. April 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Back in the day, Exxon was the last gas station chain left that didn’t charge for air. Now it seems like everyone just sees the air and water outlet as yet another revenue stream. As if charging 89 cents plus tax for a 12 ounce can of soda that probably cost them maybe a third of that isn’t revenue enough.

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