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    Should I do this?

    Not ride a bike anymore but walk where ever I want to go even if it does take longer? The reason I am thinking about that is because walking is the most reliable.

    I don't know anymore. Maybe i am just tired.

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    well since walking is no big deal to you then you might as well just ride the bike.....
    if it breaks down you can always walk it home
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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    True. I just hate how when you hit a big branch or something it can mess up the chain then you have to fix it. Thats why i think walking is more reliable.

    Yes I would of avoided the big branch but I didn't see it plus I couldn't, even if I did see it, because i would of went directly in the path of a car, etc.

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    I wish bikes could fly!

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    I wish bikes could fly!
    Deja vu!?

    Anyways, I've always thought of cycling commuting in this sense: if I need public transit (I don't have a driver's license) to get somewhere, I bike. Otherwise, I walk. Yesterday I'm pretty sure I covered about 10KM walking around doing X-mas shopping and such. I'll probably do the same today.

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    MsMittens yeah but can you think of anything more reliable than walking when traveling even ?

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    Match rugged tires to a 7 speed drivetrain
    and you have some serious reliability.
    But I don't think that is the issue... at all.
    Take a break from riding.
    It will give you time to figure out
    what you were doing wrong.

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    Well, depends on what you define as reliable. The downsides to walking:

    • - getting splashed on rainy or slushy days (getting a "soaker" is the most uncomfortable experience I've ever hard)
      - getting nearly run over by cars
      - shoving by super-impatient pedestrians
      - being behind those that are slow and aimless (they tend to slowly zig-zag across the street)
      - being manhandled by <insert person type here>
      - sweating because it's too hot/humid
      - frost bite because it's too cold
      - takes a long time to get from A to B, especially when going between cities
      - may not be practical on some roads (highways)
      - could twist ankle on side walk
      - could be robbed or raped


    Ain't I just a handful of joy this morning..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsMittens
    Well, depends on what you define as reliable. The downsides to walking:

    • - getting splashed on rainy or slushy days (getting a "soaker" is the most uncomfortable experience I've ever hard)
      - getting nearly run over by cars
      - shoving by super-impatient pedestrians
      - being behind those that are slow and aimless (they tend to slowly zig-zag across the street)
      - being manhandled by <insert person type here>
      - sweating because it's too hot/humid
      - frost bite because it's too cold
      - takes a long time to get from A to B, especially when going between cities
      - may not be practical on some roads (highways)
      - could twist ankle on side walk
      - could be robbed or raped


    Ain't I just a handful of joy this morning..
    Some of those like sweating happens on a bike and frost bike. As well as getting nearly ran over by cars
    May not be practical on some roads is possible as well. A few more are as well.

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    walking is too slow. biking is just the right speed for me.

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    [QUOTE=MsMittens]Well, depends on what you define as reliable. The downsides to walking:

    • - getting splashed on rainy or slushy days (getting a "soaker" is the most uncomfortable experience I've ever hard)
      - getting nearly run over by cars
      - shoving by super-impatient pedestrians
      - being behind those that are slow and aimless (they tend to slowly zig-zag across the street)
      - sweating because it's too hot/humid
      - frost bite because it's too cold
      - takes a long time to get from A to B, especially when going between cities
      - may not be practical on some roads (highways)


    All these apply to bikes, too.

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    Oh certainly. Heck, some of these could apply to even being in a car. However I don't think I've ever gotten a winter soaker when riding a bike (that is, 6 inches of slush into your boots). That seems to be a specific pedestrian experience for me.

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    I've caught the splash from large vehicles, but not in the winter, that would really suck.

    Preventive maitainence goes a long way for ensuring reliability though. Check the other thread in this forum: No problems at all

    For me, walking in just too dang slow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffery
    Not ride a bike anymore but walk where ever I want to go even if it does take longer? The reason I am thinking about that is because walking is the most reliable.

    I don't know anymore. Maybe i am just tired.
    If you live in a walkable community, then by all means, go right ahead. I like taking my bicycle with me even though I'll do plenty of walking. Yesterday, I must have walked about 2 or 3 miles in various neighborhoods with my bicycle. I don't have anywhere near the problems with my 7 speed or 3 speed bicycles.

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    Simple answer. Yes, walking is the safest and most reliable means of transport available to mankind. However, the question here is whether it's necessarily a practical means of covering the distances that one has to cover in their day to day life.

    I know that I don't have time to walk 26km each day to and from work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffery
    Not ride a bike anymore but walk where ever I want to go even if it does take longer? The reason I am thinking about that is because walking is the most reliable.

    I don't know anymore. Maybe i am just tired.
    If you walk you might trip and fall. Your shoes may wear out. It's more reliable to just stay home.

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    Bikes have a good capacity for carrying loads. My mother used to do her grocery shopping with a bike. She would ride the bike into town, then push it home with a loaded basket on the handle-bars, and bags hanging on each end. Far heavier loads were carried by bike on the Ho Chi Mihn trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffery
    Not ride a bike anymore but walk where ever I want to go even if it does take longer? The reason I am thinking about that is because walking is the most reliable.

    I don't know anymore. Maybe i am just tired.
    Is anything else getting you down right now? I use my bike mainly for exercise and recreation. Seldom do I use it just for transportation. I am riding it just for the sake of riding. Most times errands, appointments, etc., I use the car. There are days when I just don't feel like riding, sometimes several in a row. Maybe there is something else bothering you right now. Take a bit of time off the bike and see how you feel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffery
    Not ride a bike anymore but walk where ever I want to go even if it does take longer? The reason I am thinking about that is because walking is the most reliable.

    I don't know anymore. Maybe i am just tired.
    I rarely use my bike for anything other than training rides (40 miles or so in the country) or touring (3 months in the summer, etc). When I lived in the semi-burbs I would either walk to my destination (if it was within a few miles and i didn't need to carry anything back and forth) or take my car if it was beyond that.

    Big cities are different. When I visit Boston I ride to the amtrak park/ride station and go alll the way to South Station in the city. From there you can take the T or buses or walk just about anywhere. It is so liberating: why would ANYONE want to ride their car (or bike) on those narrrow streets with pedestrians sneaking out between parked cars?

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