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Roody 08-25-13 10:58 PM

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Originally Posted by GodsBassist (Post 15997862)
I've been on BF for a while now but just recently saw this thread and figured since I went car free in the last few months, I'd use it.

I started doing light commuting 5 years ago in Augusta, GA. Then moved to Arlington, VA which really allowed me to be car free for a year there. The cycling and transit options were great and I only drove out of the state a few times and talked about selling my car, but never really got the guts to do it. I wish I had. I moved into suburban-ish Maryland 4 years ago and have been car light the whole time. A few months ago, sat down and did the math on my 9 year old Ford Focus of which I had been the sole owner. I found out I had averaged 350 dollars a month on what was, at the time of purchase, literally the cheapest car on the lot. I was at a point where the only time I was driving was on the weekends, and even then I could go weeks without using the car. 350 dollars is about 10 typical taxi rides where I'm at; there's no way I'll spend that much money on emergency transportation. I donated the car and never looked back. I wish I had done it 5 years ago.


I'm a single dad, and through this transition from fair weather commuter to car free, my now 7-year old son has gone from a trailer to trail-a-bike to his own bike. I'm looking at getting him a road bike, like a Fuji Ace 24. He has all the same rain gear that I do and only has to go 1 mile to school everyday anyway.


I've found that a major key to going car free is putting yourself in the right area and situation. I think it's true that most people couldn't go car free tomorrow or would find it such a huge hurdle that it wouldn't be worth it. I selected an apartment 1 mile from my son's school, and 4 miles from work. Even in a suburban area I found what I needed to make it work, but definitely had to be purposeful about location.


Bike Forums, and specifically LCF, is pretty much the only reason I was able to do what I have. Living car free seems crazy in context with the rest of society and without other people interested in the same thing, I probably would have blown it off as a pipe dream. I still think about it and can't believe I don't have a car that I can just drive off to wherever in. Then I talk to my co-workers about traffic, how far they have to drive, how much they pay to fill their gas tank, how they have to go to the gym later. Now they seem like the crazy ones.

Your story is very inspirational. Thanks for sharing it!

bigdummy27 09-03-13 01:54 AM

I have been on BF off and on when i was doing research on my current bikes but I have never been a frequent poster. I think that will change now that I'm car free. Just sold it last month and have been taking the subway here in NYC. Starting this week I'm going to put the bikes to good use since I just added an electric motor to the bike and now it is practical for me to ride to work.

GreatWhiteShark 09-13-13 01:43 PM

I have been Truck Light (drive it so little it is a struggle to keep it functioning; rarely not Automobile Pooling with relatives, just to get somewhere at night or move a heck of a lot of stuff and weight, avg. 50-lbs a ride) for at least 5-years, but I really did mark when it started. Well, the biggest view the changed is my support for bicyclist riders safety, as I have had BLANKING BLANKS threaten and attempted to injure my health and bicycle and had drivers that are so ignorant or tired that they have threaten and attempted to injure my health and bicycle and had a zoned out/tired immigrant worker's (I am guessing) truck actually run over my bike tire. I have had someone steal my first adult bicycle, from local college's bicycle rack and locked; since local college's security/police have paid more attention. When I first started riding to local college, even had to have/LUCKY ENOUGH to have police park every few intersections on my route to pull over automobiles that endangered my life, they used to play chicken with me. Now, I cannot get any police to take anything serious, I live in an unincorporated area that really is an outlaw area and both local city and county have extremely complicated jurisdiction, depending upon what it is and where you are exactly. Plus, I am a Beings Rights Protester that protests the local city's rodeo; which I get city and state cops threats all the time for and thus, does not make me popular with them. Even had to report two-situations, police car for scaring THE BLANK out of me, by driving up behind me and laying on the horn, for no reason, and police park motorcycles on public sidewalks (I am allowed to ride on and many other pedestrians like to use). both the city's and county's reporting to non-emergency police departments' representatives always trying make it hard for me to call; though I know the laws and have what the police use. A runner refuse to move to the right side of the two way/two lanes roads, right up until we are feet away. Given the conditioning needed for people to respect what you need and the dangers of not following exactly the routines and laws (even parking on roads and sidewalks), only back down, when immediate threats to my life.

Another view that has changed is the appreciation that riding my bicycle provides me.

Lastly, it slowed my down as a person, and guess slowed me down as I bicycle, ride the public transportation and rarely drive where I live, though because of cost of gas and tickets (I have long hair so cops used to love pulling me over) I slowed down my driving long ago.

I also should make known that I did not just start bicycle riding more, let alone Truck Light, because it was cheaper, heck not even top reason, but I did it because it helps 1st. Save The Earth, 2nd. Save The Animals, 3rd. healthier Lifestyle in so many ways, 4th. Cheaper and 5th. Easier for me to support local and small business Bicycle Mechanic and friend, at least it was before bank took his home/work place. I guess now, I will try to be my own Bicycle Mechanic.


I think the terms should use 'Automobile', gives less excuses, for truck and bicycle drivers.

1989Pre 09-16-13 05:09 AM

GreatW,

I'm glad that you have ditched the truck. If everyone did what you have succeeded in doing, Mother Earth would not be struggling so hard. I very much appreciate your efforts in animal rights and envirionmental (and personal) health.
I hear what you are saying about careless and even malicious motorists: Yesterday, on my weekly, solo, long ride, in two separate incidences, a car, travelling in my direction, pulled into a parking lot in front of me, passing me no more than ten feet away. I don't believe it was malice: I think it was just the result of medication or daydreaming. Keep an eye on them, but don't let it ruin the fun of your ride. Thanks again for your efforts. Paul

1989Pre 09-16-13 05:13 AM

Good to hear from you, Youa. Let us know more about going car-free in Netherlands!

Roody 09-16-13 10:09 AM

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Originally Posted by GreatWhiteShark (Post 16062492)
I have been Truck Light (drive it so little it is a struggle to keep it functioning; rarely not Automobile Pooling with relatives, just to get somewhere at night or move a heck of a lot of stuff and weight, avg. 50-lbs a ride) for at least 5-years, but I really did mark when it started. Well, the biggest view the changed is my support for bicyclist riders safety, as I have had BLANKING BLANKS threaten and attempted to injure my health and bicycle and had drivers that are so ignorant or tired that they have threaten and attempted to injure my health and bicycle and had a zoned out/tired immigrant worker's (I am guessing) truck actually run over my bike tire. I have had someone steal my first adult bicycle, from local college's bicycle rack and locked; since local college's security/police have paid more attention. When I first started riding to local college, even had to have/LUCKY ENOUGH to have police park every few intersections on my route to pull over automobiles that endangered my life, they used to play chicken with me. Now, I cannot get any police to take anything serious, I live in an unincorporated area that really is an outlaw area and both local city and county have extremely complicated jurisdiction, depending upon what it is and where you are exactly. Plus, I am a Beings Rights Protester that protests the local city's rodeo; which I get city and state cops threats all the time for and thus, does not make me popular with them. Even had to report two-situations, police car for scaring THE BLANK out of me, by driving up behind me and laying on the horn, for no reason, and police park motorcycles on public sidewalks (I am allowed to ride on and many other pedestrians like to use). both the city's and county's reporting to non-emergency police departments' representatives always trying make it hard for me to call; though I know the laws and have what the police use. A runner refuse to move to the right side of the two way/two lanes roads, right up until we are feet away. Given the conditioning needed for people to respect what you need and the dangers of not following exactly the routines and laws (even parking on roads and sidewalks), only back down, when immediate threats to my life.

Another view that has changed is the appreciation that riding my bicycle provides me.

Lastly, it slowed my down as a person, and guess slowed me down as I bicycle, ride the public transportation and rarely drive where I live, though because of cost of gas and tickets (I have long hair so cops used to love pulling me over) I slowed down my driving long ago.

I also should make known that I did not just start bicycle riding more, let alone Truck Light, because it was cheaper, heck not even top reason, but I did it because it helps 1st. Save The Earth, 2nd. Save The Animals, 3rd. healthier Lifestyle in so many ways, 4th. Cheaper and 5th. Easier for me to support local and small business Bicycle Mechanic and friend, at least it was before bank took his home/work place. I guess now, I will try to be my own Bicycle Mechanic.


I think the terms should use 'Automobile', gives less excuses, for truck and bicycle drivers.

welcome to the forum! :)

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GreatWhiteShark 09-17-13 04:39 PM

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GreatWhiteShark 09-17-13 04:41 PM

I think I just found out (happy to finally be able to find out) that my bicycle is Raleigh's '2007 Venture 3.0 SR NEX-4000! YES, finally!

gerv 09-18-13 07:47 PM

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Originally Posted by GreatWhiteShark (Post 16076657)
I think I just found out (happy to finally be able to find out) that my bicycle is Raleigh's '2007 Venture 3.0 SR NEX-4000! YES, finally!

I bet I know the color :)

1989Pre 09-23-13 05:24 AM

No, GreatW, I was talking to Youaintgotjack.

1989Pre 09-23-13 05:31 AM

GreatW, that Venture seems like a really nice bike! I like the suspension seatpost. I got one on my Raleigh M80, too. (I had to replace the original after 9 years). I see you have suspension forks, too. Those are probably adjustable, if you want the ride harder or softer.

Roody 09-23-13 08:03 AM

​wtf??!!

GreatWhiteShark 09-23-13 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by 1989Pre (Post 16070037)
GreatW,

I'm glad that you have ditched the truck. If everyone did what you have succeeded in doing, Mother Earth would not be struggling so hard. I very much appreciate your efforts in animal rights and envirionmental (and personal) health.
I hear what you are saying about careless and even malicious motorists: Yesterday, on my weekly, solo, long ride, in two separate incidences, a car, travelling in my direction, pulled into a parking lot in front of me, passing me no more than ten feet away. I don't believe it was malice: I think it was just the result of medication or daydreaming. Keep an eye on them, but don't let it ruin the fun of your ride. Thanks again for your efforts. Paul

Paul, 1989Pre,

I do not want to take too much credit, there are so many more members here that are able to completely ditch their automobiles; I do use it when cannot automobile pool at night or too much for me to carry on my bicycle.
Thank you; I really appreciate that, and glad to read there are another out there like me. Same to you, Paul!

Yeah, those solo rides are probably a lot more encouraging for those BLANKING drivers. Really 10-ft. is not bad, gives you what 5-ft. to react (depending how fast you are going).

There is no one else out there for me (cops and even State/County/City Gov.s do not care, beyond I am bugging them to do something), but me, so I have too take it extremely serious (yelling, purposely riding in the middle of roadways, in which BLANKING drivers wants to hug me as the drive by, and giving the birds, arguments feet away at lights). That is not to say I do not love my rides, when BLANKING drivers are not around. Seen some beautiful wildlife and scenery and helped get lost animals either back to their care takers or adopted; cannot get much better than that.

Thank you; I really appreciate that, and glad to read there are another out there like me. Same to you, Paul!

GreatWhiteShark 09-23-13 01:39 PM

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Originally Posted by gerv (Post 16081176)
I bet I know the color :)

Yes, it is Dark Red, and yes, that was one of the reasons I selected that bicycle, for my family to purchase it for my birthday gift. Now, it was not even the second-level reason.

GreatWhiteShark 09-23-13 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by 1989Pre (Post 16094479)
GreatW, that Venture seems like a really nice bike! I like the suspension seatpost. I got one on my Raleigh M80, too. (I had to replace the original after 9 years). I see you have suspension forks, too. Those are probably adjustable, if you want the ride harder or softer.

Yeah, Thank You, I am trying to find the best seat to replace the one I have (original), I used to have one of those bicycle seats that just have two-square pads connected through springs and metal to the connection to the seat-post, only one's but muscles touch the two-pads, and I want to get the best one.

gerv 09-27-13 07:37 PM

Are we back at the default font color now? My eyes are killing me.

Roody 09-27-13 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by gerv (Post 16111204)
Are we back at the default font color now? My eyes are killing me.

I hope so. They looked like interesting posts, but I couldn't read them.

1989Pre 09-30-13 06:28 AM

Try out the Serfas RX gel seat. It has very favorable reviews at mtbr.com and mine was very soft and supportive. (The only mtb seat I have owned so far that is comfortable enough for long rides (30M-plus).
You can get it in either the softer shell or the coarser shell, which supposedly takes more wear-and-tear and abuse. Not sure if they still make the RX, but Ebay usually has a few.

bananasmoothie 09-30-13 12:43 PM

Sooo does using a motorcycle count as car light for the purpose of this sub forum?

I-Like-To-Bike 09-30-13 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by bananasmoothie (Post 16117953)
Sooo does using a motorcycle count as car light for the purpose of this sub forum?

If you like; anything counts as car light if the claimant posts that status on this sub forum.

bananasmoothie 09-30-13 05:28 PM

Just wondered if I'd be "accepted". I do like to bike but not for commuting. I get too sweaty and it takes too long. Motorcycle works better. Then car if I need to carry lots of stuff or if it's going to rain. Not because I'm scared of getting wet, I just don't feel safe.

noglider 09-30-13 07:51 PM

Riding a bike is generally safer than being in a car, certainly than on a motorcycle. I'm not saying any of these vehicles is insane, just that a bicycle is not more dangerous than motor vehicles. I know most think it is, but it's not true.

technoD 10-07-13 01:45 AM

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Originally Posted by noglider (Post 16119368)
Riding a bike is generally safer than being in a car, certainly than on a motorcycle. I'm not saying any of these vehicles is insane, just that a bicycle is not more dangerous than motor vehicles. I know most think it is, but it's not true.

Agreed. When biking you can hear approaching vehicles, sudden braking well in time to take defensive riding maneuvers, which is not an option otherwise. :thumb:

Roody 10-07-13 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by bananasmoothie (Post 16117953)
Sooo does using a motorcycle count as car light for the purpose of this sub forum?

IMO, the only thing that "counts" on this forum is an interest or desire in using cars less, and using other transportation more (especially bicycles). Most members do have cars in the household, including many of the frequent posters. I myself am now carlight, not carfree. Personally, I consider motorcycles to be in the same category as cars, but many here would disagree.

In other words... WELCOME TO LCF!

GreatWhiteShark 10-07-13 02:31 PM

noglider,

From my experiences you could not be more wrong.

I was at The Public Transportation Department's, for my state, seminar about bicycle safety and the focus started on all being bicyclist fault and lack of education of how to safely ride and even one-Fire Truck driver, from the county's fire department, admitted she did not look for bicyclist, but she did worry about automobiles. Plus, the nearest city and county non-emergency police (both apply to where I bicycle and live) just want me to stop bugging them to act on automobile drivers and Etc. threatening my safety, at times trying to make sure I know what is violation, I have read the rules and have manual for the police departments, and they lying about what is violation.

Quote:

Originally Posted by noglider (Post 16119368)
Riding a bike is generally safer than being in a car, certainly than on a motorcycle. I'm not saying any of these vehicles is insane, just that a bicycle is not more dangerous than motor vehicles. I know most think it is, but it's not true.



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