Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 20 of 20
  1. #1
    Sophomoric Member Roody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Dancing in Lansing
    Posts
    20,452
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    What came first? The carfree thing or the bike thing?

    I've been carfree for a lot of my adult life--longer than I'd care to say. About 3 1/2 years ago, while walking to work, I had an epiphany: I could go a lot farther and a lot faster if I only had a bike.

    The rest is history. Carfree first, then a cyclist.


    "Think Outside the Cage"

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    5,361
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    bike, then got rid of car after the car sat idle for months while I continued tp pay for it anyway.......that was almost 5 years ago and at $300/month for the car(insurance and payment plus licensing)-----well worth making it go away for good

  3. #3
    Dare to be weird!
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Austin TX
    My Bikes
    Hybridized 1970s Coppi road bike; Townie city cruiser
    Posts
    1,990
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I got rid of my car about a year before I got back on a bike. I remember how amazing it felt to travel 3-4 times as fast with so little effort.

  4. #4
    est'd 1966 tfahrner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    portland, oregon
    Posts
    273
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    simultaneous development, almost. i came of age in a city with decent transit (frankfurt, germany). i started to bike as an adult around the same time, but considered it mainly recreation. it wasn't long before i got hooked on the bike and let transit become a distant backup option. 20 years later i live in a city with OK transit, still no car, bike everywhere, and take transit maybe 1-2 times a year. without biking, i'm pretty sure i'd have been assimilated into the car borg matrix long ago. i hate waiting for busses and trains - reminds me of growing up in the asslands of LA, feeling constantly stranded between car rides i'd need to bum from grownups to get anywhere.

  5. #5
    Senior Member knoregs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    601
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    was car-free (not by choice ) for a long time before getting back on the bike... then I got the license back and bought a car and noticed that my cycling and mental health suffered tremendously... after a little soul-searching I ditched the car and now I'm car-free again... By Choice!!!
    "I'm a foreign diplomat. I don't pay for drinks. Do you think G. Gordon Liddy paid for his drinks while he was strangling people with piano wire for the good of our nation?" - Peter Griffin

  6. #6
    Gatoraid powered engine 2wheeledsoul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    NW Houston, TX.
    My Bikes
    A mixed-breed beater util/commute rigid hybrid I frankensteined out of assorted resqued components, called "Streetdancer". Ugly as sin, yet beautiful in function.
    Posts
    290
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've never had a car. I've been pressured to get one, but the same ppl laying on the peer pressure were griping about the price of gas, insurance, parts, the traffic, ect, practically in the same breath. Logic won out: I said, "If they're that much trouble, then why would anyone with half a brain want the burden? Thanks but no thanks." The oil cartel simply failed to hook me as another gas junkie.

  7. #7
    Immoderator KrisPistofferson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    POS Tennessee
    My Bikes
    Gary Fisher Simple City 8, Litespeed Obed
    Posts
    7,596
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The truck driving thing. After driving an 18 wheeler all over the country, it literally burned out the circuit in my brain that enjoys driving gas-powered vehicles of any kind. So I sold my normal car and moved on. I'm still glad I did it, since I think it's a definite step in walking the walk from an environmental perspective. I sure do spend a lot on bikes, now though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bikeforums
    Your rights end where another poster's feelings begin.

  8. #8
    1. e4 Nf6 Alekhine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    78º44`W, 42º46`N
    My Bikes
    Mercian KoM with Rohloff, Bike Friday NWT, Pogliaghi Italcorse (1979)
    Posts
    870
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quit driving after I fell asleep at the wheel one night after working a double shift. Crashed my car into the rear of a parked truck at 4:00 a.m. and got smacked upside the forehead with an airbag. I decided that since I could have just as easily killed someone (or myself), I didn't want to drive anymore.

    The bicycle thing is a rediscovered love, but not of the normal sort - and I did get into it in spades again after that accident. I grew up the son of a bike racer and had a thing for bikes when I was a kid that was out of hand. I never developed the competitive streak though, and was always into the Boy Scout thing, and so became a touring cyclist instead of a racer.
    Signature

  9. #9
    Ferrous wheel
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    New Orleans
    My Bikes
    2004 Gunnar Rock Hound MTB; 1988 Gitane Team Pro road bike; 1986-ish Raleigh USA Grand Prix; mid-'80s Univega Gran Tourismo with Xtracycle Free Radical
    Posts
    1,388
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was motorcycle only for years, for many reasons: it was more fun, cheaper, easier to park, used less gas, etc. I just happened to start bicycling to supplement marathon training, began commuting by bike, and discovered it shared many of the same things I loved about motorcycles -- only to a larger degree, in many ways. Plus the exercise benefits were indeniable.

    I owned a car for a while a few years back, but I never drove it then. Sold the motorcycle in March last year.
    One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach -- all the damn vampires.

  10. #10
    Super Biker Mtn Mike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Spokane WA
    My Bikes
    2008 Lapierre X-Lite, 2006 Serotta Coeur d’Acier, 2005 Independent Fabrication Steel Delux, 2003 Surly 1x1, 2003 Surly Cross Check, 1986 Schwin Worldsport SS commuter, 1980's Mongoose Supergoose
    Posts
    1,183
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The bike thing came first for me. I've been riding a bike in some capacity since early childhood, when my friends and I would ride around our suburban neighborhood and parks, exploring our surroundings. Growing up, I never really gave it up for any length of time. In my 20's while in college/grad school I started to realize that not only was cycling fun, but I could also get around town fairly well with them. In my "adulthood" I realized I really didn't need a car as much as I did when I was growing up as a kid in the burbs.

  11. #11
    Gatoraid powered engine 2wheeledsoul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    NW Houston, TX.
    My Bikes
    A mixed-breed beater util/commute rigid hybrid I frankensteined out of assorted resqued components, called "Streetdancer". Ugly as sin, yet beautiful in function.
    Posts
    290
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by spider-man
    I was motorcycle only for years, for many reasons: it was more fun, cheaper, easier to park, used less gas, etc. I just happened to start bicycling to supplement marathon training, began commuting by bike, and discovered it shared many of the same things I loved about motorcycles -- only to a larger degree, in many ways. Plus the exercise benefits were indeniable.

    I owned a car for a while a few years back, but I never drove it then. Sold the motorcycle in March last year.
    I saw on the History Channel once that the first motorcycles were just bicycles with small gas engines bolted to the frame, with a belt that drove the rear wheel. They left the bicycle drivetrain intact on those early machines.
    And to think the suspension systems on many an MTB closely resembles motorbike suspension. Not to mention the simularity in hydraulic bike disk brakes.

  12. #12
    Senior Member mrkott3r's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Newcastle Australia
    Posts
    1,185
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    bike thing, realising it would cost me way too much to own a car at my age. Probably won't own a car for a long time

  13. #13
    est'd 1966 tfahrner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    portland, oregon
    Posts
    273
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheeledsoul
    I saw on the History Channel once that the first motorcycles were just bicycles with small gas engines bolted to the frame, with a belt that drove the rear wheel. They left the bicycle drivetrain intact on those early machines.
    And to think the suspension systems on many an MTB closely resembles motorbike suspension. Not to mention the simularity in hydraulic bike disk brakes.
    see http://www.blackbirdsf.org/rebour/1948.02.html - french 1950s stuff.

    see also http://todd.cleverchimp.com/blog/?p=7, http://todd.cleverchimp.com/blog/?p=8

  14. #14
    but wait! theres more! shikaka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    319
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    iv never had a car.... so its just cycling...
    dont look too hard

  15. #15
    Ferrous wheel
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    New Orleans
    My Bikes
    2004 Gunnar Rock Hound MTB; 1988 Gitane Team Pro road bike; 1986-ish Raleigh USA Grand Prix; mid-'80s Univega Gran Tourismo with Xtracycle Free Radical
    Posts
    1,388
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheeledsoul
    I saw on the History Channel once that the first motorcycles were just bicycles with small gas engines bolted to the frame, with a belt that drove the rear wheel. They left the bicycle drivetrain intact on those early machines.
    And to think the suspension systems on many an MTB closely resembles motorbike suspension. Not to mention the simularity in hydraulic bike disk brakes.

    A friend of mine has a Campagnolo brake lever -- for a motorcycle. A week or so ago, I saw a Sturmey Archer transmission on a Norton (motorcycle). Many of the French and British bicycle makers were major players in motorcycles too, at least before WWII. (BSA, Raleigh, Peugeot, Motobecane among them.)

    Motorcycle riders face similar issues with car drivers that we face, and with the same deadly results.

    Of course they rely on internal combustion. I run on peanut butter.
    One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach -- all the damn vampires.

  16. #16
    Gatoraid powered engine 2wheeledsoul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    NW Houston, TX.
    My Bikes
    A mixed-breed beater util/commute rigid hybrid I frankensteined out of assorted resqued components, called "Streetdancer". Ugly as sin, yet beautiful in function.
    Posts
    290
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by spider-man
    A friend of mine has a Campagnolo brake lever -- for a motorcycle. A week or so ago, I saw a Sturmey Archer transmission on a Norton (motorcycle). Many of the French and British bicycle makers were major players in motorcycles too, at least before WWII. (BSA, Raleigh, Peugeot, Motobecane among them.)

    Motorcycle riders face similar issues with car drivers that we face, and with the same deadly results.

    Of course they rely on internal combustion. I run on peanut butter.
    Ayup, very true.

    Funny how the a-hole cagers we read about has the testicular fortitute to mess with spandex clad roadbike club riders, but totally wuss out around a pack of leather clad Hell's Angels. The only difference is the choice of clothing and choice of ride; if they think the Angels would pull them out of the car and smack them around, what makes them think the roadbikers won't? 20 guys on Harleys or 20 guys on Cannondales - it's still 20 guys.

    ...and we're drifting OT here. I gotta stop that.

  17. #17
    beginner budster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Somerset, NJ, USA
    My Bikes
    Trek 800, Gary Fisher Advance, Trek 2300 Pro
    Posts
    764
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Bike. I've been riding a bike since I was 8, with only a couple of short, misquided breaks from it in that time.

    I'm still car-lite. But love of cycling, combined with concern for the many negative effects of cars and car culture, is leading me in the right direction.
    Path of Abundance: Be Kind, be Generous, be Content, be Honest and be Aware.

    The first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example. -Thomas Morell
    A thimble of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains. -Dutch Proverb
    Never pass up the chance to keep your mouth shut. -Anonymous Cowboy

  18. #18
    Senior Member crazybikerchick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    the Georgia Strait
    My Bikes
    Devinci Caribou, Kona Dew Plus, Raleigh Twenty
    Posts
    961
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Car-free first - I wanted to live in downtown Toronto and density and cars just seemed wholly incompatible. So I moved to an apartment where I could walk to my job or the subway, and got rid of the car. I had a bike but didn't ride that often. Later when I moved and changed jobs it was taking far too long to get to work on a streetcar, so I decided to try biking every day. At first when I was in bad shape the streetcar I probably would have been on went past me as I sat huffing by the side of the road. After a short time I found it a much easier way to get to work, and I became completely and totally addicted!

  19. #19
    Senior Member geeklpc1985's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Madison, WI
    My Bikes
    2004 Martin Novato w/ 2004 Burley Nomad
    Posts
    408
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well my story goes like this, got my license, a big old van. I drove for about 3 years no tickets no accadents, then one day, I got hit at about 55mph (it was a 30mph zone). The van was driverable, but my mother wasn't going to fix it, I was still in high school with no job. I got out my old Huffy fix it up and started riding to school everyday, and to my friends too. I trashed the van after graduation, and got a Sun EZ-3 USX. Rode that for four months, broke that frame 2x, then got my Marin. I will never go back to a car, and I am only 20.
    Super Geek
    Super Geek
    2004 Martin Novato: 10613 miles, Ride in Peace (DOD: 12/05/06)
    Max Speed: 40 mph

  20. #20
    Olé Olé Olé Olé T-C...N-J TCNJCyclist's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    The Dark Forest of Ewing (New Jersey)
    My Bikes
    1985 Trek 620, 2005 Cannondale R700
    Posts
    464
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by shikaka
    iv never had a car.... so its just cycling...
    Same here. I walked a half mile to and from high school and I've been cycling 3 miles back and forth to college. I'm trying to convince my sister to do the same thing, since she'll be going to the same college.
    1985 Trek 620 (picture pending)
    2005 Cannondale R700 (picture pending)

    Bike & Build
    NJ Bike Map

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •