When it comes to the question of doing DoorDash on a bike versus in a car, my answer is always the same – I opt to use a bike. DoorDash is one of my favorite side hustles precisely because you can use a bike to do all of your deliveries. It makes a lot of sense for me and depending on where you live, doing DoorDash on a bike might make a lot of sense for you too.
In this post, we’re going to look at doing DoorDash on a bike versus in a car and explain why I think doing it on a bike is the best way to maximize your DoorDash earnings.
DoorDash Bike Vs. Car
In most markets, you can deliver for DoorDash using either a car or a bike. The vast majority of people will opt to deliver using a car. It makes logical sense. A car allows you to cover large distances and most people use a car to get around.
Cars have a lot of disadvantages though. The biggest issue, of course, is how much they cost. Not only do they have large upfront costs, you also have to deal with things like gas and maintenance. After accounting for these costs, it can be difficult to make much money.
In addition, cars often don’t seem well suited for doing deliveries. Dense downtown areas are typically the busiest places, but these are also the same places that are terrible for driving around in a car. You have to deal with traffic and parking, both of which can slow you down a lot.
Why A Bike Is The Best Way To Do DoorDash
I’ve never been much of the driving type and even today, I don’t own my own car (my wife does have a car that she uses to go to work, but I rarely drive it and I never use it for doing DoorDash).
Biking has what I think are some major advantages over using a car. Here are four advantages that come from biking that you can’t get from driving.
- You Get Exercise. Doing deliveries in a car is inherently a sedentary activity and honestly, not all that healthy for you. Indeed, many already spend all day sitting at a desk. Being able to bike around a bit and get some exercise is a great way to stay in shape. A lot of people pay to go to the gym after work. I just turn on DoorDash, hop on my bike, and make some deliveries. It’s like I’m getting paid to exercise!
- Low Expenses. The great thing about biking is that you’ll dramatically reduce your overhead expenses. When you’re doing deliveries using your bike, you don’t have to worry about paying for gas or putting miles on your car. The cost to maintain a bike for an entire year is fairly minimal – pay a few hundred dollars for a tuneup each year, adjust brakes, and repair flat tires.
- You Don’t Have To Worry About Finding Parking. Anyone who has done deliveries in a car knows what a pain it is to find parking. Restaurants tend to be located in busy areas that aren’t particularly friendly to cars. A lot of customers also live in big apartment buildings that don’t have much parking. I love being able to just bike up to the restaurant or customer and walk right in without having to deal with parking.
- You’ll Avoid Getting Stuck In Traffic. Traffic is a huge hassle for most people. The delivery rush tends to happen around dinner time, right when people happen to be on the road. When you’re on a bike, you can just cruise right through all of that traffic. It’s a sweet feeling when you’re able to fly past all of those cars.
The Ultimate Way To DoorDash – Using An Ebike
Even better than using a regular bike is using an electric bike. I bought my first ebike back in 2019 and have logged over 10,000 miles on my ebikes at this point. It’s completely changed how I think about biking and commuting. Indeed, an ebike is the best thing I’ve ever bought.
The great thing about an ebike is that you won’t have to expend much energy and you still get all the benefits that come with using a bike. I’m able to do deliveries faster than most cars, especially since I can use bike lanes and don’t have to deal with traffic.
I think an ebike can work out as a great investment for anyone looking to get an ebike and improve their delivery game. Get yourself a good delivery backpack and you’ll be set. It doesn’t take long to earn your money back on an ebike too.
When it comes to DoorDash bike vs. car, doing it on a bike is the way I opt to go. If you live in a dense city, you’re likely going to do better on a bike (especially if you opt for an ebike).
Not only will you save money on gas and maintenance (which improves your profit margins), but you’ll also cause less pollution and make the world better for the people around you.
If you’ve never tried doing DoorDash on a bike, give it a shot. You might be surprised at how good it can be. And it’s way more fun that way!