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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 02-03-06, 09:24 PM   #1
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Car free and adjusting

For the past two years I have rode my bikes for my groceries about 15 miles round trip. I am committing to at least two other rides during the week usually fitness rides. The hilly terrain where 5 consecutive hills I just realized is not so bad and you get used to them. THe panniers are an excellent source of carrier and there is no other way to carry groceries as far as I am concerned. It has not been a solo ride as my boyfriend has accompanied me and much appreciated. The only downer is the cold and rainy weather. The rainy weather I am used too but the cold and rain can be unbearable thankfully there are not too many of these. I use public transit for those other days. Breathing a sye of fresh air!
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Old 02-03-06, 09:41 PM   #2
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Where do you live that it's so cold and rainy? You have my admiration. I live where it's not too cold and mostly sunny.
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I think you are dialing (slang for getting it perfected) it in! I hope you are insisting BF lug as well.
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I think you are dialing (slang for getting it perfected) it in! I hope you are insisting BF lug as well.
P.S. - I was afraid the OP might confuse dialing with phoning it in. Slang is very strange.
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My thought was, if you've done the run to the grocery store on your bike, and you've done the commute to work, the rest will all fall into place as you continue to adjust.

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It is a drag coming home soaked. I've been there many times. Then I have to clean up and re-oil the bike. I don't have transit available to my work. Usually I'll gut it out, but once in a while, I'll leave the bike at work and bum a ride home, and then later give the driver some movie tickets or something.

My company does have a "guaranteed ride home" program where they'll call you a cab, and pay for it, but I always think of this as extra driving trips, so I don't use it.
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It is a drag coming home soaked. I've been there many times. Then I have to clean up and re-oil the bike....
Do you have fenders on your bike? Are you satisfied with your wet weather gear?

I don't relube my drive train afer every rain. Maybe you could try a heavier "wet" lube during wet seasons. It might stay on better. And it only takes a couple minutes to lube the chain and ders. I do it about once a week in wet weather. In 3 years of 12 month heavy use, I've gone through 2 1/2 chains but so far haven't had to replace chainring or cassette. I also clean the drivetrain real good every 3 or 4 weeks. This takes aout 30 minutes and a couple pairs of rubber gloves.
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If one has access to reliable, alternative, mass transportation- plus your bike; what is the problem.
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I prefer to keep my location anoyomous. The sunshininng on a regular basis would be different. The eyes would have to adjust everyday. Does the sun keep you biking regular or is it sometimes just too hot? I think if I lived in a place where there was a lot of sunshine I would turn into a prune or use alot of sunscreen.
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The sunshininng on a regular basis would be different. The eyes would have to adjust everyday. Does the sun keep you biking regular or is it sometimes just too hot? I think if I lived in a place where there was a lot of sunshine I would turn into a prune or use alot of sunscreen.
I live in the Banana Belt of Colorado, where we average about 360 days of sunshine a year. It's great, but it's also important to protect yourself. The high altitude here means the air is thinner, and it's easier and quicker to get a burn. Sunglasses and screen are a good idea. It can get hot here, but I grew up in Missouri, where summer means 90-100+ degrees and 90+% humidity; here, if it's 90 degrees, it might hit like 30% humidity on a "bad" day - feels great to me!
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Do you have fenders on your bike? Are you satisfied with your wet weather gear?

I don't relube my drive train afer every rain. Maybe you could try a heavier "wet" lube during wet seasons. It might stay on better. And it only takes a couple minutes to lube the chain and ders. I do it about once a week in wet weather. In 3 years of 12 month heavy use, I've gone through 2 1/2 chains but so far haven't had to replace chainring or cassette. I also clean the drivetrain real good every 3 or 4 weeks. This takes aout 30 minutes and a couple pairs of rubber gloves.
I could definitely do better with rain gear, but I live in a desert, so it's rare that I get caught in it. But if we get an upslope storm, it will rain steadily for a long duration. I don't have fenders, but I may get some. Thanks for the suggestions.
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