I took my bike in to the shop for its annual tune-up this week and got it back yesterday. Have I mentioned how much I love my bike? I'm reminded of this when a) I have to ride the bus home, which is always a chore, and b) It's so nice and smooth when I get it back.
I've been riding this bike for 4 years this fall, and I put a lot of miles on it: 45 miles/week on average, most of the year. A conservative estimate of mileage is 8100 over 4 years. It's held up really well - I got a new seat and seat post this week, but otherwise just typical maintenance.
I love being able to ride my bike for my commute - I haven't had to drive to work for about 10 years. (Well, I do occasionally drive in if I have errands and such, but not on a daily basis.) People often ask me how I do it, and wow, do I still ride in the summer, and my only answer is you get used to it. I don't know how people spend hours in the car every day, but I'm sure after a while you don't even think about it.
Nearly every day, though, I do think about it - I can't help it, as I ride past clogged traffic, accidents, free with the breeze blowing past me, coasting down hills, and admiring sunrises and sunsets. I'm so lucky!