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Living Car Free Do you live car free or car light? Do you prefer to use alternative transportation (bicycles, walking, other human-powered or public transportation) for everyday activities whenever possible? Discuss your lifestyle here.

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Old 09-24-05, 06:53 PM   #1
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I am in process of going CAR FREE...

And I have just about broken free!

My name is Ned and I am 54 yrs. old.
I am NOT an athlete and never have been
but i have regained the freedom of my pre-teen
years by riding bikes. When I get on and take
off for a ride I feel FREE and as happy as I did
as an 11 or 12 year old on my old Schwinn Varsity.

I now ride recumbent bikes but for about 15 years
rode a Schwinn Mountain Bike on city streets for
exercise and weight loss.

I ride my recumbents about 75 miles per
week and try to stay CAR FREE.

I have a basket on the back of my
EZ-1 Easy Racer Sun Bicycle that
allows me to carry 1 Large Brownbag
of Groceries and I am able to shop
without using my car. The EZ-1
can be seen here.
http://www.easyracers.com/ez_1_sc.htm
The EZ-1 is a heavy slow bike but I got
tired of busting my hump, back, arms and
neck on a Mt. Bike so I got BENT and enjoy
the ride. I only average about 11 miles per hour
(includes giant hills) but I have a personal best
of an 84 mile round trip in 7 1/2 hours. That was
up and down hills too.

I also own a Lightning Dynamics,
Thunderbolt Recumbent Bike which can
be seen here.
http://www.lightningbikes.com/thunderbolt.htm
The Lightning Thunderbolt is a bit lighter and I
can carry it on a BUS in Southern California if
need be. I find it a bit faster than the EZ-1 but
the EZ-1 is easier to ride. I consider the Thunderbolt
to be a DANGEROUS ride by comparison to the EZ-1,
but it climbs hills better and kicks butt on the downhill
due to its LOWER and HIGHER gearing than the EZ-1.

As noted, my goal is to go car free. My ultimate
goal is to get a Rhoades Car Single Seater with 36 gears
http://www.rhoadescar.com/4w1p-h.htm
and a truck bed on it for carrying just about anything I
might ever need to buy. Although as I grow older I need less.

Ned Goudy
Glendora, CA USA
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Old 09-24-05, 07:46 PM   #2
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FABULOUS, NED! Thanks for the information and thanks for your contribution to promoting bicycling as a legitimate mode of transportation.

Your wheel looks comfortable.

Ride on!
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Old 09-24-05, 08:58 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by nedgoudy
When I get on and take
off for a ride I feel FREE and as happy as I did
as an 11 or 12 year old on my old Schwinn Varsity.
Isn't that the truth? I think that's what I love most too. Going along, breeze in my face, open road ahead (usually). I also like that I can can go as fast as I am able. You can never do that in a car. A car is simply an exercise in frustration unless you need it for a long fast trip.
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