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    Quote Originally Posted by notfred
    Considering that almost everyone in this thread has multiple vehicles (up to seven!), and very expensive vehicles (airplane, mostly late model cars), I don't see why people here complain about gas prices so much. If you can afford 7 vehicles, or an airplane, or to drive a brand new car, you could easily afford 6 vehicles and the gas for them.

    You'd think the members of this forum were stingy or low-income after listening to them complain about the financial liabilities of cars, then you find out they own 2 or 3 or 7 of them, and a plane.
    For the record, I have not complained I know these were choices I made and I can afford the fuel I just don't want to support it. I disagree with you somewhat though, this is the commuter forum so I'm thinking (and most have said) they are proudly leaving their vehicles at home, I don't think you can condem them for that.

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    if i had a garage, (i live in townhome), and i wanted to live in the country, (i live downtown) - i wouldn't mind a house like this

    http://xcski.com/albums/album18/DSCN...mall.sized.jpg

    but i'm happy just driving to the country and renting planes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveAZ
    I'm curious as to what types of vehicles people are leaving home and choosing to bike commute or if a lot of you were already in this mindset and just have a beater for emergencies and times when a bike just won't do.

    How about you, are you doing it out of pure need, guilt, or desire and what are you choosing not to drive?
    I had a 2000 Audi S4 which I sold about 2 weeks ago since I started using my bike to commute to work. Before I sold it the car pretty much just sat in the garage hence, the reason I sold it. Now we just have my wife's 05 Pathfinder.

    After I started commuting on the road bike I purchased in July I found it pointless to have two cars. I loved that car but couldn't be happier with my decision.
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    With 4 kids that seem to be doing something all the time, we are still stuck a 2 vehicle family.

    1999 Dodge Caravan (hers)
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    Garage is used to store everything but our cars.

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    I'm curious as to what types of vehicles people are leaving home and choosing to bike commute or if a lot of you were already in this mindset and just have a beater for emergencies and times when a bike just won't do.

    How about you, are you doing it out of pure need, guilt, or desire and what are you choosing not to drive?

    I feel no guilt for owning what i own. I love my cars and bikes. I dont bike commute for moral superiority or any other feel good reasons. I do it for race training, as doing it while commuting is the most effective use of the limited time i have available to train. While i complain about gas prices the same as the next guy, i went and bought a TDI that gets 45-50mpg. And the motorcycles get even more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatguyRacer
    I feel no guilt for owning what i own. I love my cars and bikes. I dont bike commute for moral superiority or any other feel good reasons. I do it for race training, as doing it while commuting is the most effective use of the limited time i have available to train. While i complain about gas prices the same as the next guy, i went and bought a TDI that gets 45-50mpg. And the motorcycles get even more.

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    Like most people, I have more than one interest, one of which is how to make my car go faster and what I can do to the inside. While I've got a list of go-fast parts, I haven't bought them because they're expensive. As for the stuff I want to do to the inside (install a mac mini, bluetooth keyboard and mouse, 7" lcd screen, gps and a ps2 w/ wireless gamepads) that stuff is also expensive. I don't feel guilty for owning a car, I just find riding a bike to work a good option compared to the subway. The downside of riding to work is I can't read the paper or do the crossword. The upside is it's healthier and cheaper.
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    10 bikes in the garage 2 cars in the street....

    my garage will never house an automobile (it wouldn't fit)
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    1990 Celica, 2003 Bonneville, Fuji Sagres and a Raleigh M50 DX hanging from the ceiling. Lawnmower, seed spreader, 96 gallon garbage tote. That's all, with wheels.

    EDIT: To be clear, only the bikes hang from the ceiling

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    My Subaru Legacy Wagon IS my garage.....for my bike.

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    my pedicab stays in the garage on days i dont use ,other than that maybe the lawnmower snowblower

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    Quote Originally Posted by swwhite
    I choose not to drive a 1993 Honda Accord with about 114,000 miles on it, out of fear of car repair bills. That's the hidden, un-definable, "funny-money" savings in bike commuting; money I might not have to spend at some time in the future on a car repair.
    Very good point. Not many people realize how much they spend in maintenance. Most just think of the immediates like car payments and gas.
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    Oh, I wish I had a garage. I dream about it sometimes. I'd have pegboard for my tools, and a work bench, repair stand... and about sixty trash-picked bikes all taken apart and half built. And a beer 'fridge. You'd always know where to find me.

    The car would stay outside. My wife and I share a Toyota Matrix, neither of us drives to work in it. We use it for errands and trips out of town.

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    My garage contains no autos. It's too small for that.

    However, there is a Kawasaki KLR 650 motorcycle, 5 bicycles, and the usual sorta other stuff found in garages, e.g., lawn-care implements, washer/dryer (stackable, 'cause I have tiny little 1-car garage), workbench, tool chest, air-compressor.

    The KLR serves commute-duty in place of the bicycle once or twice a week. Out in the driveway, or sometimes on the street, is an '01 Ford Ranger that goes through about a tank of gas per month (slightly more during race season. less during the off-season.). It goes to races, Home Depot, and mtb rides in the mountains. The KLR and the bicycle go everywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivingStrong
    Garage is used to store everything but our cars.
    Not an option for me, against the HOA rules(probably why board members get shot ) so my garage is PACKED and I have seregant garages.

    Not for long though, new house has an oversized 6 car. It'll be nice to not have to hang all the bikes (7 and growing) in a little corner of the garage.

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    A Trek 7500fx, a Trek 7300fx, an old black Cherokee with deflate tires (soon to be made into a winter bike), a 98 Mercury Mystique (mine), a 00 Hyundai Elantra (hers), a 6.5HP Murray lawnmower, a grass seed spreader and a garbage can with wheels.

    We're going to seel one of the cars in the spring and get a scooter instead. The question is, which car do we sell??

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    I keep my 94 Ford Ranger pickup in the driveway. Otherwise, because I never drive it, and it's illegal to park a car in one place on the street longer than 72 hours, I get a ticket.

    Imagine that, they give you tickets for not driving, but they wish everybody would not drive so much so there'd be less traffic.
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    8.5 mile commute. I like bike lanes.

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    1999 Ford Taurus wagon, recreational kayak,2 bikes.May hit the point where bikeage exceeds car value in a year or two.

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    No car. Am I really the only one?

    BTW, I don't hate any of you for owning a car. That's fine if it's what you want. I disrespect those who own more than one. I just don't get it -- what possible point is there to having more than one car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatguyRacer
    Sweet Jebus, this could get ugly

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    2003 Jamis Nova
    1987 Specialized Streetstomper (great frame, the rest is junk so I'll soon turn it into a singlespeed)
    A "soon to be determined" flat-bar road bike for my wife (likely buying it tonight)
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    Other assorted tools, toys, and other cr@p.

    My 1990 Honda Accord with 165k on it is relegated to the driveway.

    I used to have a motorcycle, but the Nova replaced it.
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    1998 Jeep Wrangler (16-19 mpg)

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    2001 Saleen Mustang convertible.
    2001 Ford F-150 Truck and 2003 Ford Explorer, both for my husband's remodeling contracting business.

    I LOVE driving the Saleen so that just shows how much I love commuting by bike if I'm willing to leave it behind.

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    i leave behind an 1996 oldsmobile cierra, it's way behindon inspection which is funny, i haven't driven it so it's not inspected, i can drive it because it's not inspected, there's also a 2002 cpi popcorn scooter, it's not a bad little thing, gets about 80 mpg but i also haven't driven that in 5 months, maybe more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody
    No car. Am I really the only one?

    BTW, I don't hate any of you for owning a car. That's fine if it's what you want. I disrespect those who own more than one. I just don't get it -- what possible point is there to having more than one car?
    What possible point is there to having more than one bike? Or sweater, or wrench, or DVD....

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