Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

View Poll Results: How long have you been car light or car free?

Voters
939. You may not vote on this poll
  • Car light less than 1 year

    151 16.08%
  • Car free less than 1 year

    90 9.58%
  • Car light less than 5 years

    129 13.74%
  • Car free less than 5 years

    106 11.29%
  • Car light more than 5 years

    74 7.88%
  • Car free more than 5 years

    197 20.98%
  • Contemplating a car light or car free change

    170 18.10%
  • Not interested in becoming car light or car free

    22 2.34%
Page 18 of 28 FirstFirst ... 81617181920 ... LastLast
Results 426 to 450 of 687
  1. #426
    Senior Member Denelle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    74
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I sold my minivan in February with the intentions of our family becoming car-light. My husband still has a car, but we don't drive it all that much (and I rarely drive it). So far, I'm really super happy with the decision so far. We're finally getting used to things and it's becoming second nature to jump on the bikes instead of jump in the car. It also makes trips a lot more fun. My littles don't necessarily like their carseats, but they get very excited when I pull the helmets out and they know they are going for a ride! We do live in Wisconsin where winter will pose a challenge, but we are planning a move to an area with a more moderate temperature to help that in the future

  2. #427
    Sophomoric Member Roody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Dancing in Lansing
    Posts
    20,803
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Denelle View Post
    I sold my minivan in February with the intentions of our family becoming car-light. My husband still has a car, but we don't drive it all that much (and I rarely drive it). So far, I'm really super happy with the decision so far. We're finally getting used to things and it's becoming second nature to jump on the bikes instead of jump in the car. It also makes trips a lot more fun. My littles don't necessarily like their carseats, but they get very excited when I pull the helmets out and they know they are going for a ride! We do live in Wisconsin where winter will pose a challenge, but we are planning a move to an area with a more moderate temperature to help that in the future
    Welcome, Denelle. It's great to have yet another member with experience being carlight with family and kids. How cool that they are already preferring the bikes to the car!


    "Think Outside the Cage"

  3. #428
    Senior Member newsun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    oakland, ca
    Posts
    103
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Stoked to be car-free again. We bought a car to help us through infant stage with our daughter and have since dropped the car and loving it again!

  4. #429
    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)
    Quote Originally Posted by newsun View Post
    Stoked to be car-free again. We bought a car to help us through infant stage with our daughter and have since dropped the car and loving it again!
    Hi newsun, good to have you here!

    Quote Originally Posted by lilybay View Post
    I haven't gotten a car. Personally,I prefer riding the bike.I think it is healthy and good to our life.
    Welcome to the living car free forum, lilybay. What kind of bike do you prefer?

  5. #430
    Less is more Headphones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Western Massachusetts
    My Bikes
    Trek 7.1 FX (2011)
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just started becoming car light a little over two months ago. In the past 60-65 days I've only had to spend $45 on gas, so basically $20-25 a month now compared to per week.

    I'm only going to be a fair-weather commuter so I'll be using my bike during late Spring through Autumn. About 7-8 months out of the year. I'm still a novice rider so I don't think I could ride on snow yet.
    -2011 Trek 7.1 FX
    -$85 spent on gas since June 01, 2011
    -2011 Monthly Mileage: Jun(50), Jul(109), Aug(79 and counting)
    http://pedalmybike.com/userTrackies/myTrackie3832.jpg

  6. #431
    Senior Member Newspaperguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    British Columbia, Canada
    Posts
    2,206
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Welcome here, Headphones. Car light is cool. Winter cycling isn't that bad, but there's no problem giving yourself time to work up to it.
    Life is good.

  7. #432
    Less is more Headphones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Western Massachusetts
    My Bikes
    Trek 7.1 FX (2011)
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for the welcome, Newspaperguy. Maybe not this upcoming winter but the next one after that. I'm still new to cycling/commuting and more importantly I'm still learning about bicycles themselves.
    -2011 Trek 7.1 FX
    -$85 spent on gas since June 01, 2011
    -2011 Monthly Mileage: Jun(50), Jul(109), Aug(79 and counting)
    http://pedalmybike.com/userTrackies/myTrackie3832.jpg

  8. #433
    Sophomoric Member Roody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Dancing in Lansing
    Posts
    20,803
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Headphones View Post
    Thanks for the welcome, Newspaperguy. Maybe not this upcoming winter but the next one after that. I'm still new to cycling/commuting and more importantly I'm still learning about bicycles themselves.
    My first winter of cycling, I kind of slipped into it. In the late fall, I would tell myself, "Just one more day on the bike, then I'll put it up for the winter." The next day I said the same thing, and the next day, and so on. Finally it was mid-December and I had survived the first big snow storm. At that point I said, "I made it this far, I might as well keep going all winter." And I did!

    There aren't many activities I can think of that are more fun than riding a bike on a fresh winter day.


    "Think Outside the Cage"

  9. #434
    Senior Member wahoonc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    On the road-USA
    My Bikes
    Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG
    Posts
    16,336
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Headphones View Post
    I just started becoming car light a little over two months ago. In the past 60-65 days I've only had to spend $45 on gas, so basically $20-25 a month now compared to per week.

    I'm only going to be a fair-weather commuter so I'll be using my bike during late Spring through Autumn. About 7-8 months out of the year. I'm still a novice rider so I don't think I could ride on snow yet.
    Snow is fun if you are set up for it...and this coming from a guy that lives in the Deep South

    How far west are you in MA? My daughter did a 10 month stint with Americorps/SCA in the Hawley/Savoy area and loved every minute of it.

    Aaron
    Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

    ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

    "Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
    RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
    _Nicodemus

    "Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred
    Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
    _krazygluon

  10. #435
    Less is more Headphones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Western Massachusetts
    My Bikes
    Trek 7.1 FX (2011)
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    My first winter of cycling, I kind of slipped into it. In the late fall, I would tell myself, "Just one more day on the bike, then I'll put it up for the winter." The next day I said the same thing, and the next day, and so on. Finally it was mid-December and I had survived the first big snow storm. At that point I said, "I made it this far, I might as well keep going all winter." And I did!

    There aren't many activities I can think of that are more fun than riding a bike on a fresh winter day.
    I'm not going to lie, I'm somewhat in love with my bike. Much much more than my Toyota. So there's a good chance I'll change my mind by December and continue to ride my bike through the snow.
    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    Snow is fun if you are set up for it...and this coming from a guy that lives in the Deep South

    How far west are you in MA? My daughter did a 10 month stint with Americorps/SCA in the Hawley/Savoy area and loved every minute of it.

    Aaron
    Way out west, about 10 minutes from New York border. I'm about 20 minute drive from Savoy. They're part of the Mohawk Trails; out in the middle of nowhere but there's a lot of camp grounds.
    -2011 Trek 7.1 FX
    -$85 spent on gas since June 01, 2011
    -2011 Monthly Mileage: Jun(50), Jul(109), Aug(79 and counting)
    http://pedalmybike.com/userTrackies/myTrackie3832.jpg

  11. #436
    Senior Member wahoonc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    On the road-USA
    My Bikes
    Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG
    Posts
    16,336
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Headphones View Post
    I'm not going to lie, I'm somewhat in love with my bike. Much much more than my Toyota. So there's a good chance I'll change my mind by December and continue to ride my bike through the snow.

    Way out west, about 10 minutes from New York border. I'm about 20 minute drive from Savoy. They're part of the Mohawk Trails; out in the middle of nowhere but there's a lot of camp grounds.
    They were based at the camp at Kenneth Dubuque State Forest. They were doing heavy trail maintenance all over that end of the state. She is currently in the Seattle area but will be back in NH this fall for grad school. FWIW she and her brother both live car free. He is based in Boston.

    Good luck with the winter stuff, but once you get a handle on it you should be good to go. There are all kinds of great things out there, like studded snow tires. They are expensive up front but will last several years. I have actually seen them at Walmart when I was working up near Columbus, OH.


    Aaron
    Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

    ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

    "Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
    RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
    _Nicodemus

    "Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred
    Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
    _krazygluon

  12. #437
    Sophomoric Member Roody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Dancing in Lansing
    Posts
    20,803
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    They were based at the camp at Kenneth Dubuque State Forest. They were doing heavy trail maintenance all over that end of the state. She is currently in the Seattle area but will be back in NH this fall for grad school. FWIW she and her brother both live car free. He is based in Boston.

    Good luck with the winter stuff, but once you get a handle on it you should be good to go. There are all kinds of great things out there, like studded snow tires. They are expensive up front but will last several years. I have actually seen them at Walmart when I was working up near Columbus, OH.


    Aaron
    Studded tires add a lot to winter cycling. You can ride in anything with a good set. But you can ride in almost anything with normal bike tires, too. I recommend them if you are heavily dependent on your bike in winter, or if you just enjoy more extreme things like ice biking (ricing on frozen lakes and rivers) as I do.

    I got my first set of studs as a gift from a BF member. He gave them to me because they had a lot of wear, and he had bought a new set. But I used them for three winters, and I could still use them even though the studs are pretty much worn down.


    "Think Outside the Cage"

  13. #438
    Less is more Headphones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Western Massachusetts
    My Bikes
    Trek 7.1 FX (2011)
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just put $20 into my car this evening, it should last me until September. A grand total of $65 spent on gas for the summer is pretty freakin' awesome.
    -2011 Trek 7.1 FX
    -$85 spent on gas since June 01, 2011
    -2011 Monthly Mileage: Jun(50), Jul(109), Aug(79 and counting)
    http://pedalmybike.com/userTrackies/myTrackie3832.jpg

  14. #439
    Junior Member PhDestroyer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    14
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've been car free off and on. I used to live in Toronto for a while, which was a city that truly did not need cars! It was a real change from the small midwestern city I grew up in (USA). I didn't drive at all in TO. I didn't even have a car.

    It's a challenge now that I'm back in the midwest, because as much as I love it here, it's not as bike-friendly as Toronto. In fact, right now, I don't even have a bike. I sold my last one when I moved down here and I'm going crazy looking for a good bike at a good price. I chose a place to live that was close to my workplace, library, gym, grocery store, church, hardware store...all the things that I knew I'd need. So, I can walk everywhere right now, and I do. But can't wait till I find my bike...!

    I always found cars to be constraining somehow. I didn't like how I had to keep constantly spending money to have them. It felt more like a bad investment, one that didn't return money, just sucked it away.

    Granted, I don't think a car-free lifestyle isn't one that everyone CAN have. Truly, I am lucky to be able to live where I do, where everything is near me. I don't have any medical needs or care-giving needs that would make me need a car. Now, when I get a bike again, I will be able to see a little bit more of the world than where my own two feet and the bus can take me.

  15. #440
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    1
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    We've been car-free since the kids were four, so nine years now. I love not having a car. It's so much cheaper, and no car-claustrophobia. Of course I'm lucky to live close to my job, in a bike friendly city (Minneapolis) etc.
    That said, I tend to walk or bus in the winter. I've fallen on the ice too many times.

  16. #441
    Senior Member NormDeplume's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    189
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    We're officially beginning a car-light experiment this week. After kicking the idea around in my head for quite a while, a $900 repair estimate on my husband's truck spurred us to try life as a one-car family for a while. We had worked this summer getting all our bikes ready to handle errand trips, just so we could become less dependent driving the two cars, so when the garage guy called and said we needed all that work, it seemed like the Universe was telling us something. DH will take the car to work every day, leaving the kids and me with our bikes and our feet. We live in a town that isn't totally bike-friendly, but is small enough to be able to plan out longer-but-safer routes to most places we need to go. Like the others, winter scares me a little (and next spring when the two kids have different baseball/softball schedules), but we'll take that as it comes.

  17. #442
    Sophomoric Member Roody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Dancing in Lansing
    Posts
    20,803
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by NormDeplume View Post
    We're officially beginning a car-light experiment this week. After kicking the idea around in my head for quite a while, a $900 repair estimate on my husband's truck spurred us to try life as a one-car family for a while. We had worked this summer getting all our bikes ready to handle errand trips, just so we could become less dependent driving the two cars, so when the garage guy called and said we needed all that work, it seemed like the Universe was telling us something. DH will take the car to work every day, leaving the kids and me with our bikes and our feet. We live in a town that isn't totally bike-friendly, but is small enough to be able to plan out longer-but-safer routes to most places we need to go. Like the others, winter scares me a little (and next spring when the two kids have different baseball/softball schedules), but we'll take that as it comes.
    Welcome! It's great to have another carfree family with kids on the forum. It sounds like you and your family have a good attitude to face any challenges that come up with the changing seasons.

    I also love your user name. Very clever!


    "Think Outside the Cage"

  18. #443
    Sophomoric Member Roody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Dancing in Lansing
    Posts
    20,803
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by SarahJane View Post
    We've been car-free since the kids were four, so nine years now. I love not having a car. It's so much cheaper, and no car-claustrophobia. Of course I'm lucky to live close to my job, in a bike friendly city (Minneapolis) etc.
    That said, I tend to walk or bus in the winter. I've fallen on the ice too many times.
    Another carfree family with kids! And some posters have said there's no such thing!

    Have you ever tried studded snow tires for your bike? You shouldn't fall much with a good set of studs on your bike.


    "Think Outside the Cage"

  19. #444
    Been Around Awhile I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Burlington Iowa
    My Bikes
    Vaterland and Ragazzi
    Posts
    20,629
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    And some posters have said there's no such thing!
    You keep posting that factoid in order to knock it down; WHO said that, besides Mr. Roody?

  20. #445
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Buffalo, NY
    My Bikes
    Schwinn Tourist (2010), Trek 6000 (1999)
    Posts
    1,117
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well, I voted "car light less than a year", but it's quickly approaching that.

    I own one car, but since my "experiment" started, I've cut my gasoline bill by about 75%. Still use the van for shopping, but we pile many stops into a single trip. So, the van sits until shopping day, or the sporadic "need to leave work early, for something important" (My bus schedules suck).

    I am working up to doing my commute by bike, however, and carrying $8 for emergency bus fare.

  21. #446
    Newbie faroop's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Cambridge, MA
    Posts
    3
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi all -- I'm new to the forums and have been carfree for about seven years. My wife and I have two young kids (2 and 5). We have an xtracycle to haul kids and stuff as well as a couple of other bikes that can haul kids around. We're looking at some other options for biking with kids lately for a wide variety of reasons (I'm very short and would love a step through frame which we don't have on our xtra, we'll be doing more riding this winter due to the start of kindergarten for our oldest and after school care, we want our oldest pedaling rather than sitting, etc). We also do lots of walking and transit for transportation. So happy to see other carfree families with kids here

  22. #447
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Manhattan, NY
    My Bikes
    Surly Big Dummy, Surly Crosscheck, Cetma Cargo
    Posts
    69
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have only been car lite for only 3 months now. We (wife, 4 year old, and 6 month) use to drive every where. In May I brought a folding bike and started taking the train to work/school because the gas price back then was inching towards $4/gal and it hit me one day when I paid $57 to fill up my tank (got a small compact sedan). After commuting for a couple of weeks I realized that it is very psychologically liberating not having to worry about traffic, parking, and raising gas prices that I started to wonder if we could go car-free, but I was still very skeptical because the car seem like a safety net that I could always use if the kids ever got into an accident at daycare or if we needed to make a midnight run to the emergency room. But after 1 month we realized a saving of $300 because we only put around 40 miles on the car in that first month. I then picked up a used Big Dummy from someone moving back to Seattle and didn't want ship it with him and felt the practicality of it. Now we are waiting for a CETMA cargo bike to arrive so we can go riding as a family-the kids in the cargo bike and their gear on the BD.

    On a side note, I just recently started working in a different location. Its 14 miles from home one way. I could either take public transit or ride. Since the subway lines from Queens doesn't go directly to Brooklyn it will take around 75 minutes and this is during the normal hours. I rode the commute for 2 days now on the BD and it took around 1 hour 40 minutes. Do you think I should electrify the BD with a stokemonkey electric assist motor or get a lighter bike? I was leaning more towards the eletric motor since it will increase the utility of the bike and I can still get home in time for dinner no matter if I was up to the commute or not.

  23. #448
    Sophomoric Member Roody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Dancing in Lansing
    Posts
    20,803
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bigdummy27 View Post
    I have only been car lite for only 3 months now. We (wife, 4 year old, and 6 month) use to drive every where. In May I brought a folding bike and started taking the train to work/school because the gas price back then was inching towards $4/gal and it hit me one day when I paid $57 to fill up my tank (got a small compact sedan). After commuting for a couple of weeks I realized that it is very psychologically liberating not having to worry about traffic, parking, and raising gas prices that I started to wonder if we could go car-free, but I was still very skeptical because the car seem like a safety net that I could always use if the kids ever got into an accident at daycare or if we needed to make a midnight run to the emergency room. But after 1 month we realized a saving of $300 because we only put around 40 miles on the car in that first month. I then picked up a used Big Dummy from someone moving back to Seattle and didn't want ship it with him and felt the practicality of it. Now we are waiting for a CETMA cargo bike to arrive so we can go riding as a family-the kids in the cargo bike and their gear on the BD.

    On a side note, I just recently started working in a different location. Its 14 miles from home one way. I could either take public transit or ride. Since the subway lines from Queens doesn't go directly to Brooklyn it will take around 75 minutes and this is during the normal hours. I rode the commute for 2 days now on the BD and it took around 1 hour 40 minutes. Do you think I should electrify the BD with a stokemonkey electric assist motor or get a lighter bike? I was leaning more towards the eletric motor since it will increase the utility of the bike and I can still get home in time for dinner no matter if I was up to the commute or not.
    Welcome to the forum, bigdummy! (from your writing skills I can tell that your user name refers to the bike, not your intellect. ) Yet another noob with family and kids....you folks really do exist!

    Your question about e-assist versus a lighter bike is interesting. I think you should start a new thread to ask about it.


    "Think Outside the Cage"

  24. #449
    Sophomoric Member Roody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Dancing in Lansing
    Posts
    20,803
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by faroop View Post
    Hi all -- I'm new to the forums and have been carfree for about seven years. My wife and I have two young kids (2 and 5). We have an xtracycle to haul kids and stuff as well as a couple of other bikes that can haul kids around. We're looking at some other options for biking with kids lately for a wide variety of reasons (I'm very short and would love a step through frame which we don't have on our xtra, we'll be doing more riding this winter due to the start of kindergarten for our oldest and after school care, we want our oldest pedaling rather than sitting, etc). We also do lots of walking and transit for transportation. So happy to see other carfree families with kids here
    Welcome to another person with kids on the forum! Thanks for the interesting messages you've already posted on other threads.


    I'm really interested in the new members with families. The reason is that I have a "new" family. My son, his fiance, her mother and my 12 year old grandson just moved in with me this summer. It's been interesting and fun--especially having two good riders (son & grandson) in the household with me. People on this forum were a big help with their advice on riding with a kid in the city.


    "Think Outside the Cage"

  25. #450
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    59
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm still making my way through this thread but you guys are an inspiration. 2 points by way of an intro. (1) I just joined the forum, and (2) I have not bought gas for my car since May and I still have a quarter tank. I've driven it maybe 7 or 8 times since then. I average about 150 miles a week on my bike.

    And I've been talking myself into just riding for the rest of my life. "Life on 2 wheels", as I call it. I have lots of questions about living car free, about simplifying my life. But I will post them at some later date and perhaps in their own threads.

    But as a heads-up I will say this: I spend a lot of time thinking about how to ride through the winter. And what kind of trailer to get. Everytime I have to bag my groceries into 2 or 4 panniers, I tell myself I need a trailer.

    I'm glad I found this thread!

    Cheers!

Page 18 of 28 FirstFirst ... 81617181920 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

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