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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeR
    Recently I have seen many Amish near here with cell phones. I don't know them so I didn't ask, but it does look odd.

    They may be Mennonites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfin2004
    Here in Sarasota ..... Saw an Amish woman riding a bike that was half scooter/ half bike. Had front and rear tires like a bike and handlebars, but no seat. .... Any Ideas or comments?
    Only these: 1) they would only do well in flat terrain, and 2) I would never buy a kickbike without borrowing one for at least a day or two first. "Borrowing" could even be "renting", I am a recumbent rider and fairly open to what I'd try but there's no way I'd drop a few bills on one of these things right off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle
    They may be Mennonites.
    No they aren't Mennonites. I believe that they "need them for business". I was told (second hand) that they have an english friend subscribe and then reimburse him. Can't vouch for that though.

    We have a lot of Amish owned construction crews around here. They always hire at least one english who also drives the crew. Maybe he 'owns' the phone too.
    It's better to cycle through life than to drive by it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vger285
    http://www.kickbikeamerica.com/ i have had one for going on 8 years, i don't have any trouble going up the hill's,ofcourse i don't get to sit down or use gears to make it easer! i guess it's just getting used to it,or not.
    Hey -- one less gear than a fixie!

    The photos look like they may have been taken around here. Too bad they don't list any brick-and-mortar locations. For $300+ dollars, you can get a brand new road worthy regular bike.

    Still, if they're allowed on the sidewalk, they would make more sense than a Segway.
    Cars kill 45,000 Americans every year.
    This is like losing a war every year, except without the parades.

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    About 50% percent of the time the Amish seem to be a religeon of covenince. We will say we stick to the old ways but when we hunt we will be using the latest and grreatest compound bows or the top of the line auto loading shot ***. Or why shoud I cut my fire wood with an axe when I can have buy a Still.. My personal favorite is lets have a house compleaty wired with electric but its in the name of our 5 year old daughter who is not a member of the church.

    Sorry if thease views sound negative it comes from growing up in Amish country and listening to the tourist talk of how grreat the are.

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    most people only have "religion" because they feel society requires it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkS
    Hey -- one less gear than a fixie!
    And I can trackstand mine. I **** you not.
    They're fun. Completely impractical for doing anything but transporting yourself and a lock, since a rear rack would devour your ankles, there's way too much upper body movement to allow a backpack load, and much more front load than a bar bag further wonkifies the scooter handling response. Totally worth it, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus Riley
    Around these parts the Amish aren't allowed to ride. They must be of a tougher fundamental group.
    I used to live in Arthur and I think remember them riding bikes. Maybe it was just the younger kids. This was late 70's through the 80's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milice
    Sorry if thease views sound negative it comes from growing up in Amish country and listening to the tourist talk of how grreat the are.
    Everybody is inconsistent in some way. Even non-believers. When an atheist stubs his toe, who is he swearing at?
    Cars kill 45,000 Americans every year.
    This is like losing a war every year, except without the parades.

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    I grew up in sarasota. They are Amish. there is also a large mennonite population as well. the Amish have been relaxing their rules over the last 17 years or so; I now see them drive cars, use phones, and ride bikes. they still dress the same,though.
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    Last I checked, most college campuses were firmly attached to solid earth, which, in my experience, is typically adequate for riding a bicycle upon.

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