After having numerous accidents in my life, (17), (About half at fault), I have decided to go car-free. I'd been car-free for 4.5 years and bought a new car in February thinking it would make my life with my new wife easier as she has just arrived from the Philippines. I got hit-and-run in June with my car having barely 4,000 miles on it. Go figure when I'm at fault I always have insurance at least (Unlike those who hit me).Without all the car expenses (550-600 a month) its a lot easier to live on my meager paycheck, but really safety is the most important reason for my decision. I have poor eyesight and possibly a tad of ADD.
My wife has never ridden a bicycle, so I bought her one to learn on when I bought myself a new bike to commute on. Orange cycle here in Orlando has a GREAT sale going on right now.
My wife's bike a 2012 Raleigh Venture 7 Speed comfort bike
My bikes, 2009 Specialized Globe Carmel 3 comfort bike (basically keeping for parts)
2010 Specialized Globe Carmel 3 comfort bike (Has more than 12,000 miles all original parts) My trailer tower
2012 Raleigh Talus 29er My new commuter/errand runner.
I bought a 29er mountain bike because I wanted disk brakes, something faster than a comfort bike, and a flat-bar. Currently waiting on my Brooks B-17 seat, Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700* 38 tires, and my Donkey Boxx hard plastic panniers. Next purchase will be Ergon grips....