If you're carless, or sort of carless, what kind of bike do you use? What are the advantages/disadvantages of your particular bike choice? In your opinion, what kind of bike is a good replacement for a car?
In my case, I have a hybrid bike that I bought at a used bike store two years ago. It has a steel frame, very heavy, and clip pedals with the clips removed (I ride in traffic almost exclusively, and the clips were a real pain). It has road tires, but they're a bit wide. I put on a good rack, and use waterproof panniers if I need to haul anything. If I need to haul a lot, I use the panniers plus my old Army dufflebag, which has shoulder straps. ( I can actually haul over 100 lbs this way, so don't scoff.) It's not fast -I typically do about 20-25 mph over flat ground, and about 5 mph uphill- but I love that bike. I've been hit by a car that was going 25-30 mph, and the bike had less damage than the car. The advantages are its tank-like nature, ability to deal with potholes, lack of attractiveness to thieves, and reliability; the disadvantages are its lack of speed, and cheap bracket assembly and gears. (It makes a clicking noise uphill that kind of annoys me, and the gear transitions are clunky...)