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LittleBigMan 04-14-01 08:26 PM

Awrite. Basic transportation, bikes vs. cars. Any takers?

Allow me:

1) Cars stink.

2) Cars are money pits.

3) Cars make you fat.

Before I eat all this cake, does anyone else want enny?

Hunter 04-14-01 09:50 PM

OK!

4. You have to be liscened to drive them.

5. You have to be insured to drive them.

6. They make you lazy.

7. It requires a new set of knowledge to maintain them.

8. More people die from them than anything else I can think of.

W.I.P.

Chris L 04-15-01 03:50 PM

9. they are no fun

10. they put you on edge (that explains all the road rage)

11. cyclists are smarter

Anything else?

Chris

Jean Beetham Smith 04-15-01 04:49 PM

12. They isolate you from the sounds of the world you drive through.
13. When you do sneak up on wildlife in a car it usually causes a trip to the auto body shop.
14. You can only feel gales of wind in your face in a car, no gentle breezes.
15. You have to listen to the traffic report to avoid getting stuck in the traffic you are already in, so you also have to listen to a bunch of ads.
16. Cars use more oil in one oil change than a bike does in it's whole career, even if you lube the chain weekly.

LittleBigMan 04-16-01 06:37 PM

17. With a bike, you can't just buy more speed with cash, you have to earn it with hard work and training.

18. It's easier to fix your own bike than to fix your own car (and cheaper, cheaper, cheaper).

19. Your bike could easily outlast your car (and the next car, and the next one...)

20. You can't park your car inside the building.

21. Your kids can't spill ice cream on your bike seat, and if they did, you could just wipe it off.

:)

technogirl 04-16-01 07:42 PM

22. Bikes allow me to strive to be the out-of-the-ordinary-insane person that I want to be someday.

23. Current cars are difficult to work on. The last car that I was able to do an oil change was 20 years old. New cars seem to be made so you can't even shove dental floss in any space around the engine.

24. You don't see to many people in cars saying "hi" or "good morning" to total strangers while you're out on the road. (Cruising on the boulevard, doesn't count .)

25. When was the last time you heard someone complain that people should drive more and be out on the roads?

26. A car doesn't allow me to splurge on decadent chocolate cakes without any remorse. (Okay, except for that time my car broke down, and I had to help push it over to the side.) :D

LittleBigMan 04-16-01 08:19 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by technogirl
22. Bikes allow me to strive to be the out-of-the-ordinary-insane person that I want to be someday.
I'm already there, baby.
Quote:

23. Current cars are difficult to work on. The last car that I was able to do an oil change was 20 years old. New cars seem to be made so you can't even shove dental floss in any space around the engine.
Do tell.
Quote:

24. You don't see to many people in cars saying "hi" or "good morning" to total strangers while you're out on the road. (Cruising on the boulevard, doesn't count .)
But "mooning" counts for something.
Quote:

25. When was the last time you heard someone complain that people should drive more and be out on the roads?
Only when my wife wants me to go get some milk.
Quote:

26. A car doesn't allow me to splurge on decadent chocolate cakes without any remorse. (Okay, except for that time my car broke down, and I had to help push it over to the side.) :D
Chocolate? Who said, "chocolate?" :cool:

mike 04-16-01 08:49 PM

27) Bikes allow you to find lost kids while everybody else is searching for them in cars (this happened just tonight and I am the big neighborhood hero!).

28) Bikes help you find cool stuff on the road like tools, diamonds, forgotten soft drinks, and even abandoned cars.

29) Bikes give some fellers a legitimate reason to shave their legs.

30) Bicyclists can wash and wax their vehicles and still have time to enjoy the rest of the day.

31) Bicyclists can take a shower with their vehicle.

LittleBigMan 04-16-01 09:18 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by mike
31) Bicyclists can take a shower with their vehicle.
Yes! Nothing beats a good ride around the tub!

I am so glad Mike has brought up this often misunderstood and neglected subject. But I will not
waste words. Try it, you'll like it! (Take it from me, I like to ride my bike in the tub wearing my Sumo thong!)

:thumbup:

claude 04-17-01 12:51 AM

32. Cars work only on one type of fuel (Which does not taste good either)

33. When cars break down, one cannot leave them to re-contruct themselves in bed for a few days.

34. When compared to the human machine, automotive engines look sheepishly stupid

peace :)

claude

technogirl 04-17-01 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by mike

31) Bicyclists can take a shower with their vehicle.
Hmm...well, i haven't tried this one yet, but if it's worth scaring away the neighborhood kids, well, then, I'm in! :p

gnein 04-20-01 06:10 AM

35. i can't afford a car...so why bother

Hobbitt 04-20-01 10:42 PM

36. Bicycle in living room requires a DOOR!
Car in the living room requires LARGE HOLE in the
side of your house!
:beer:

LittleBigMan 04-20-01 10:50 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Hobbitt
36. Bicycle in living room requires a DOOR!
Car in the living room requires LARGE HOLE in the
side of your house!
:beer:

You're right, bud! Never thought of that one.

37. You can't carry your car up the stairs at a train station and board the train, carrying it with you.

:beer:

TLN 05-02-01 09:46 AM

38) You can weave thru traffic and piss off everyone when you pass the traffic jam with a bike, you cant with a car. Well you could I guess, but I think there would be some jail time involved.
Additional benefit: if someone has their head out the window being rude, you can dope-slap them while riding past.

bikerjoe 05-02-01 11:32 AM

39) The music in my head beats anything on the car's radio.

40) The talk show in my head is also better, because I always agree with the host.

41) When I get gas the people around me pay for it.

RonH 05-02-01 01:28 PM

42. When my bike needs professional service I can put it on top of the car and take it to my LBS. But I haven't figured out how to get the car to a mechanic on my bike without crushing the bike :confused:

43. Most policemen won't give you a ticket for speeding on your bike. Not so with a car.

Ron

mike 05-02-01 01:48 PM

44) If you give a girl a ride on your bike, she will be holding on to you whether she likes you or not.

45) Auto drivers don't get to enjoy the Fraternity of Bicyclists special "Feels for Wheels" greeting. (See the "Advocacy and Safety" Discussion group: "Does anybody ride in worse conditions?" thread posted by Claude. See the responses by Pete and me for details on this groovy new expression of bicycling unity)

Buddy Hayden 05-02-01 05:30 PM

46. Cars are good ? at magic tricks..they turn people into a$$holes..when they get behind the wheel !!

RainmanP 05-03-01 06:34 AM

47. Fewer distractions like chatting on cell phone, tuning radio, reading the paper, drinking coffee, shaving, putting on makeup, styling hair. Stupid driver trick, true story: Driving on the interstate one morning while still dark I noticed in my rearview mirror a pickup overtaking quite fast with its inside (dome) light on. As the guy whizzed by at about 80 mph, I realized he had a newspaper spread out over the steering wheel, holding paper and wheel with left hand, and was holding a mug of coffee in his right hand. I slowed down a little to let him get FAR ahead.

48. Momentary concentration lapse on a bike gets you a road rash. Momentary concentration lapse in a car can kill, either you or someone else.

Pete Clark, you need rest. You missed an opportunity. Mike as hero, yet again. :)

Welcome to the newcomers who have contributed to this thread. Let us hear more from you. As you can see from Pete Clark's and Rainman's (ie, me :cool: ) posts, it is not necessary to actually have anything worthwhile or intelligent to say. :D

LittleBigMan 05-03-01 07:13 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by RainmanP
Welcome to the newcomers who have contributed to this thread. Let us hear more from you. As you can see from Pete Clark's and Rainman's (ie, me :cool: ) posts, it is...necessary to...have anything worthwhile or intelligent to say. :D
49. We cyclists trust each other completely and love the cycling community unconditionally; motorists seem to distrust one another implicitly and hate their own kind with a universally vehement passion.
50. I don't know of any popular "MotoringForums.com," and if I did, I would send it a virus.

JonR 05-03-01 10:17 AM

If you try to maintain a decent cadence in a car, it makes you drive real jerky.

RainmanP 05-03-01 11:40 AM

Moderator! Moderator! I protest! Pete Clark is quoting me out of context again to make it look like I said something respectful and intelligent!

Jon, love the cadence thing. I can just picture it.

Little5_Fan 05-03-01 02:46 PM

51. It doesnt cost $2.20 per gallon of gas to ride a bike

52. Riding bikes allow for some cool tan lines.

53. Chicks dig scars---well some do if theres a good story behind it.
And the Best Reason

54. Chicks dig shaved legs--well most do :thumbup:

LittleBigMan 05-03-01 07:38 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by RainmanP
...Pete Clark is quoting me...again...I said something respectful and intelligent...


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