That’s about 3,325 miles for those of you in the USA, Burma or Liberia. It is also on a par with LC from Naturally Cycling Manchester. Last year I did 3,200 km and I am pleased that I have improved upon that this year. I measure September to September because I got my first odometer in September 2008. I like having an odometer, it is nice to know how far you have travelled, as it allows you to work out how much further there is to go. Knowing your speed is a good motivator, it encourages you to keep up a pace and to work out how fast to go to arrive at your destination on time. It is also a motivator, pushing you to try and go faster than last time when you’re riding down that epic hill (I got the Tourist up to 53.5 km.h-1 which is pitiful compared to a racer, but a racer it is not). I use a Cat Eye Micro Wireless, not because I hate wires but because it has a settable odometer, meaning you don’t lose your data after a dead battery.
It also has the option for being used with two sets of wheels, or in my case two bikes, the Yuba and the Tourist (and previously the Kona and my Revolution Cuillin). This was a big deal for me, as I like being able to combine my distances covered on each of my bikes (sadly not the Twenty though).
I’d recommend an odometer to anyone, even if you only use it as a clock on your handlebar.