Other sources of free goods and services are more obscure- you have to know where to look.
For example, cyclists can get free air at the Esso station. Just pop in to the office and say the magic words “I’m a smug cyclist. Free air please?” and the guy will turn on the air pump with a smile. It’s only a buck saved, but every little bit helps at this time of year.
Don’t try this if you’re a motorist – the $1 fee to make your vehicle safe and efficient with properly-inflated tires is mandatory for carbon-burners.
It’s very nice of Esso to treat cyclists to free air, not just in the interests of public safety (under-inflated bike tires are more susceptible to flats, which can in turn lead to an accident), but also as a measure to encourage cycling in general. Properly-inflated tires will make your ride way more efficient and pleasant.
So the next time I fill up my gas-guzzler I’m going to patronize the Esso, Bells Corners’ bike-friendly gas station. These guys can also use the encouragement after the shocking way they have been treated lately.