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Old 06-10-08, 09:37 PM   #26
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I got into bicycling as a result of going car-free. I did the financial math, and realized that owning and driving a car in urban areas was just stupid. In addition, I'm very, very concerned about the environment, or what little is left of it, and decided that I needed to put my money where my mouth is. I tried busing and walking for a few weeks, and, then, frustrated about a late bus, wandered into a used bike shop and bought an old MTB for $75, which I soon modified for city use. It was an instant epiphany. I'm now at least as mobile as I was when I had a car, I never have to worry about parking or traffic, and, in every way imaginable, I'm way happier. And I have a bit more money, too. I'm now convinced that anyone who tries cycling around town will find it to be vastly superior to any other form of transport, at least at distances <10 miles, which, for most people, is a significant portion of their trips.
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I feel as though I am with the scenery when riding my Bicycle. It makes my mental state adjust with the changing seasons. I feel healthy and relaxed when riding. My heart expands with joy because i'm doing a good deed for nature. It makes me more of a spiritual person. It made me slow down the pace of life I was living(jumping in a car just to go some where). I also feel "wise" at 21 to be rolling by those gas pumps and having a care-lite(car-free after next needed repair!) lifestyle.
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Old 06-12-08, 02:05 AM   #28
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Although I don't consider myself a fast recreational rider or a fitness fanatic on the bike, I enjoy cycling just for fun. It's good to get out for a ride, preferably a long one, and to return home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
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Been car free for most of my life, I've structured my environment around that decision. I'm practically debt free (Other than to my LBS and bike lust) since I don't spend $400 a month on gas, $300 a month on car payments, $80 a month on insurance, and $1000 + per year on repairs.

It's inexpensive transportation, it's healthy, and I can put the money saved towards the next bike-related purchase. Also, riding everywhere helps keep me alive to pay for my nicotine and caffeine habit

Finally got my partner a bike; she used to drive 30 miles RT to school and back, and then 16 miles RT on weekends. Lots of gas. Paid for her bike in the first couple months commuting. Amazing how much it costs for the luxury of sitting in cages all the time.
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Reasons I like my bike:

1. It has a basket so I can't forget where I put my lock and helmet, and I always have a way to carry things.

2. It has a bell so people can hear me. (cars can't hear, so it doesn't help much there... drivers can sometimes)

3. it lets me play outside in the rain! (and just about any other weather... and everyone needs to play)

4. it takes me to the library. more to read, the librarians recognize me, and it's a pleasant place to camp out and read.

5. it takes me to the dairy (fresh ice cream! good cheese! yum!). nice feeling since UW's dairy is cheaper than a grocery store, and the money goes back to support the dairying training program.

6. it takes me to the butcher shop (yes, I know meatless is easier on the enviroment... it's *not* easier on household sanity)

7. it takes me to the grocery store

8. it has bright shiny me-powered lights

9. it lets me go fast. zoom zoom!

10. it lets me carry things without bruising my shoulders

11. it doesn't hurt my hip, knees or ankles, and tends to make my arthritis hurt less.

12. it lets me be part of the city... I can always choose to smile at a stranger and they'll *see*. Getting a smile or a hi back is fun.

13. I always have my own bags. They're easier to carry than plastic, and they take more abuse. After forgetting a proper bag a few times early on, the luxury of a good bag is just blissful.
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Old 06-20-08, 01:23 AM   #31
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  • Health and fitness.
  • Stress relief.
  • Satisfaction and pleasure.
  • A sense of doing something, without burning gas.
  • Gas savings.
  • Better for the environment and for the congestion in the city wherein I live.
  • Satisfies my competitive nature, even if I'm only competing against myself.
  • Allows me to prove to myself what I can do. (ie, climbing that canyon, or riding some distance.)
  • Freedom to just mess around, going here and there, seeing my surroundings, without feeling like I'm wasting anything at all other than time.
  • The exercise addiction.
  • The gadgetry (I enjoy tinkering with the bike, and am proud of my equipment).
  • Getting more out of life than the couch potato.
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Old 06-20-08, 11:38 AM   #32
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Because chicks dig guys without cars, wait never mind they dont
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Old 06-20-08, 11:56 AM   #33
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For reasons I don't fully understand, I experience the presence of God when I'm cycling. A ride, especially on a quiet rural road, is often when I am most in awe of the Creator. This can happen at other times too, but I notice it more on a bike than at any other time.
I thought I was the only one who felt that.

Yeah, sometimes, I'll ride for hours with no destination in mind simply because I feel that.
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Old 06-20-08, 12:40 PM   #34
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Do you have a home that is powered/heated/cooled by renewable energy?
if he is like most self proclaimed petroleum free types, his home is lighted, heated and cooled by pixie dust and his food is transported to him by magic carpet.

I always love riding early in the AM when no one is on the streets or trails. It's just a great way to experience a beautiful morning.
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Old 06-20-08, 01:13 PM   #35
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I ride a bike, beyond the obvious reasons, because it's not socially acceptable for an adult to play with GI Joe, build with blocks or lego, have a snowball fight, watch cartoons, visit Chuck 'E' Cheese, or any of the other joys of childhood but it's perfectly okay to ride a bike. I still get a child-like joy from riding my bike.
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Old 06-21-08, 09:50 AM   #36
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I ride...

.. Because I can
.. To Live
.. for my sons

The last one, I want them to have the ability to find 30 reasons they can do something others feel is impossible.
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Old 06-21-08, 10:15 AM   #37
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--I am a dispatcher, and we are susceptible to an occupational ailment called "Dispatch Butt." It refers to the ridiculous growth of a dispatcher's backside when that dispatcher sits down for 12 hours, eats fast food and donuts from friendly field crews, then drives to and from work. I ride my bike to prevent that.

--Between 5 radio channels and 20 phone lines at work, and one 14-month-old at home, my bike ride is the only silent part of my day.

--The aforementioned 14-month-old has figured out how to put her helmet on, climb in the bike trailer, and say "whee? whee?" when she wants to go for a ride. It's too cute to resist.

--Riding in the rain is way fun.
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Old 06-21-08, 12:27 PM   #38
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because I enjoy it
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Old 06-21-08, 12:36 PM   #39
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'Cuz it's fun. Duh.

Bonus points for it being quicker to work than by car, cheaper door-to-door than by cab, easier to park than just about anything.

All the political crap is crap. There are a couple billion cyclists out there that just don't care.
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if he is like most self proclaimed petroleum free types, his home is lighted, heated and cooled by pixie dust and his food is transported to him by magic carpet.


And his bike is made from hemp, bamboo, catgut, and tree resin ... oh wait, that's like harvesting plants & animals...

And his clothes are made from natural wool... which was, of course, stolen from the back of an innocent sheep...
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And his bike is made from hemp, bamboo, catgut, and tree resin ... oh wait, that's like harvesting plants & animals...

And his clothes are made from natural wool... which was, of course, stolen from the back of an innocent sheep...


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Reasons I like my bike:

1. It has a basket so I can't forget where I put my lock and helmet, and I always have a way to carry things.

2. It has a bell so people can hear me. (cars can't hear, so it doesn't help much there... drivers can sometimes)

3. it lets me play outside in the rain! (and just about any other weather... and everyone needs to play)

4. it takes me to the library. more to read, the librarians recognize me, and it's a pleasant place to camp out and read.

5. it takes me to the dairy (fresh ice cream! good cheese! yum!). nice feeling since UW's dairy is cheaper than a grocery store, and the money goes back to support the dairying training program.

6. it takes me to the butcher shop (yes, I know meatless is easier on the enviroment... it's *not* easier on household sanity)

7. it takes me to the grocery store

8. it has bright shiny me-powered lights

9. it lets me go fast. zoom zoom!

10. it lets me carry things without bruising my shoulders

11. it doesn't hurt my hip, knees or ankles, and tends to make my arthritis hurt less.

12. it lets me be part of the city... I can always choose to smile at a stranger and they'll *see*. Getting a smile or a hi back is fun.

13. I always have my own bags. They're easier to carry than plastic, and they take more abuse. After forgetting a proper bag a few times early on, the luxury of a good bag is just blissful.
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Although I don't consider myself a fast recreational rider or a fitness fanatic on the bike, I enjoy cycling just for fun. It's good to get out for a ride, preferably a long one, and to return home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
I think those two posts pretty well sum it up

I can be a cranky ******* if I don't get at least a bit of cycling in every day. Fortunately my current job has me riding a plant bike (working as a contractor at a fairly large industrial facility) I manage 3 or 4 miles a day just cruising around the plant checking on crews and following up on stuff. Most evenings I manage to get in a 30+ minute ride around the local area, if I stay over the weekend I can get more than that cruising the historic district.

Some jobs I luck up and can commute from the motel to the jobsite

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Because it makes me smile like a crazy person, but that's okay on the trails.
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Because, when my mid-life crisis rolls around, I will be able to justify my purchase of a professional-caliber road racing bike by noting that I paid substantially less than I would have for a new Porsche.
Wow!

That is EXACTLY what I laid on my wife when she gave me crap about my new bike.

Amazing.
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1. Maintaining a bike is very easy and cheap.
2. I can have a conversation while riding.
3. I see more things when I ride my bike.
4. I can be smug and estimate the gas it took the lifted f250 to do a burnout at the light.
5. I can try a lot of different bikes, buying and selling them on craigs list. Who can afford ten new cars a year?
6. I can justify getting ice cream by the 14 mile round trip it takes to get there.
7. Less gear to wear than on my motorcycle.
8. No gas/insurance/registration/fines.
9. I can park most anywhere.
10. My back porch is a bike parking lot, I think it looks cool.
11. Running errands in the morning on my bike. I love riding around in the cool morning air. With a load of stuff to the post office and a list of other stops. If I could only find a coffee holder to mount to my bike it would be pure bliss.
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Old 07-03-08, 10:29 AM   #46
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If I could only find a coffee holder to mount to my bike it would be pure bliss.
Many small thermos bottles will fit right in a bottle cage. If the bottle cage is mounted upright it may be able to hold a medium size foam or paper cup of coffee with a top on it (if you first take a couple of sips).
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independence. there are no speed limits on a bike, and i can got across lawns, and don't have to stick to the paved road.
Well, yeah... But you do have a governor on there, where your speed is limited by your ability to pedal. And under the law, bikes are treated the same as cars and posted speed limits apply to cyclists, too.

I got a speeding ticket on my 'cross bike about six years ago, and at the time was derned proud of it ;-)

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Wow!

That is EXACTLY what I laid on my wife when she gave me crap about my new bike.

Amazing.
Did it work?
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Because I like to stick it to the man.
Wow, that's the correct answer... just like School of Rock!
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Time on the bike is truly mine. I pack away my cellphone, so I can't even hear it. Impossible to even talk and ride (wind noise). Just me and the road.

Plus, there is no greater thrill (for me) than hitting 45+ on a nice twisty descent! I can't even imagine how much $$$ on a sports car, and what speed I would have to hit to get the same rush.

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