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Old 06-17-07, 06:44 PM   #1
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Who Among Us Are Transportational Clydes?

Who among us are transportational clydes? Who uses their bike for shopping, church, trips to the bank, the barber, the dentist, the bike shop, etc?
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Old 06-17-07, 07:06 PM   #2
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That would be me and Crazylady. We're very car light!
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Old 06-17-07, 09:43 PM   #3
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I've been cycling to work for the last 18 years. Got about 34K miles or so.

I've delivered Meals On Wheels from my moutain bike (I'm a volunteer driver for MOW in my state).

I had a Burley trailer back when my kids were little - hauled them to the park every weekend for a few years.

That's about it. Never been shopping on my bike.
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Old 06-18-07, 02:26 AM   #4
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I guess I am, since I don't have a car. It's ride the bike or walk.Can't afford all those fancy places like the barber shop, dentist, bank, church. I do buy food.
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I deal with cars enough at work (auto industry) so I don't drive anymore. I commute full time all year and use my bikes for other transportational needs as well.
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I'm one. I go to the grocery, this last Sunday was the first time I took my bike to church as opposed to riding Metro rail (it's about 8mi one way), and just do general errands on my bike. Then again I also have no car so my transportation is either walk/ride/metro though I do have a membership with Zipcar for those times when I REALLY need a car, typically when transporting very large or heavy items from the store.
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Old 06-18-07, 07:14 AM   #7
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I would if my round trip to work wasnt 65 miles.
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I've biked to work every day since Memorial Day, and intend to keep it up. I do some errands on the bike, but mostly I have someone who helps do them for me, or I take the car. Our grocery trips are WAAAY too big for a bicycle, even with a nice trailer .
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I ride my Worksman PAV for everthing year round in my small
town of 2500 people. My vehicles are only for out of town uses.
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I use the bike for light errands, meeting up with friends, etc. Haven't commuted yet, but i do take the bike home from my carpool some mornings.
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I start riding to work on Thursday.
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Who among us are transportational clydes? Who uses their bike for shopping, church, trips to the bank, the barber, the dentist, the bike shop, etc?
I'm not sure I'm quite there yet, but I've been working on it. I have ridden to the library, video store and last week started commuting to work.
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Who among us are transportational clydes? Who uses their bike for shopping, church, trips to the bank, the barber, the dentist, the bike shop, etc?
I don't go to church much, and my bank has extensive internet services. Other than that, I pretty much use the bike for everything: commuting, shopping, running errands etc. If the distance is too much (on a vacation, for example), I combine biking with trains / buses.

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I'm just starting to ride, after over a decade of not riding. I used to commute. The first things I'm doing now is building up my miles by setting goals to the businesses I frequent and finding better routes to them. So far I've been to 2 grocery stores, the pet supply store, and the bank. Now that I've been to each, I doubt I'll take my car again. I work from home, so the commute is no big thing...
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I just used that Google pedometer page to figure out a commute to work, looks like it'll be 13.5 miles each way. Might give it a try this weekend when I can avoid that crazy LA traffic.
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I am hoping next week to start biking to work (10 miles one way) two times a week. I think I have everything worked out so I can do it both from a logistical and navigational aspect. Once my son's baseball is over, I should be able to do it 3 times a week.
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I start commuting tomorrow, but I would not consider myself a transportational clyde until I am able to get rid of one of our cars. That is a goal for the end of the summer.
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I'm about 80% transportational. I bike commute to work 4 days a week (5 if I don't have my x-town mid-afternoon meeting) and I run almost all my errands on my bike.
I don't ride to go hiking. But a 40-60 mile ride (one way) for a hiking trip would make the hike no fun. I'm looking to get into bike touring next year, so I can combine my love of camping with my love of cycling.
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I'm about 80% transportational. I bike commute to work 4 days a week (5 if I don't have my x-town mid-afternoon meeting) and I run almost all my errands on my bike.
I don't ride to go hiking. But a 40-60 mile ride (one way) for a hiking trip would make the hike no fun. I'm looking to get into bike touring next year, so I can combine my love of camping with my love of cycling.
One way to do it, would be over multiple days, for example, Friday you snivel off work, you ride 60 miles, and make camp. Saturday you get up early, and go hiking, don't forget the camera. Sunday you break camp and ride home.
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My car is only used on the weekends when we head out to the cottage that is 60 miles away.
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Old 06-21-07, 12:38 AM   #22
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I start commuting tomorrow, but I would not consider myself a transportational clyde until I am able to get rid of one of our cars. That is a goal for the end of the summer.
I think you are being too severe in definition here. If you use the bike as transportation, you are a transportational clyde.
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I've been car free for over a year now. Started at over 400 lbs.
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We are car lite, It is against my religion to start up a car motor when it can be done on a bike. I'll do anything to not start up the car. Example today. Drive the car to the bike shop for some minor repairs. No. I'd rather ride the bike in , pick up the paper and couple grocery Items and walk the two miles back. Since I started being a transportational cyclist, I estimate I've saved putting about 25,000 miles on my car. And saved something like 1000 gallons of gasoline.
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Old 06-21-07, 03:06 AM   #25
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My bike is my first choice for transportation here. Much nicer. Doesn't always work though. I think the definition of a transportational clyde would be one who views their bike not only as recreation, but transportation which is definitely me.

One of the things I have to do here (not that it is a burden) is scout out new properties to buy for reforestation. Usually these are off the pavement. I could drive a jeep into the areas but honestly, I don't enjoy it. You get beat up something awful from the pounding of the rocks and such - never mind what happens to the jeep. A MTB is great if you have the legs and lungs for it.

I have another reason for it. We have a lot of physical workers. They are so proud of the old gringo who is stronger and in better shape than any of them.

By the way, I am a graduated clyde - 185 and 6'2" (perhaps lower after yesterdays ride)
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