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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 06-09-08, 11:31 PM   #1
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Reasons to ride a bicycle

There must be at least 368 reasons to ride a bicycle. Let's hear yours. These could be personal, social, spiritual, environmental, political, economic, health-related or anything else.
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Old 06-09-08, 11:40 PM   #2
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1. Riding a bicycle is the definition of freedom. Freedom from the oil companies. Freedom from monthly car payments. Freedom from expensive car maintenance. Freedom from monthly insurance payments. Freedom from obesity and all of its associated health risks. Freedom from bus schedules. Freedom to stop and admire the view any time you want. Freedom to choose your own route. Freedom to go at your own pace. Freedom to be yourself.
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Old 06-10-08, 12:21 AM   #3
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1. Riding a bicycle is the definition of freedom. Freedom from the oil companies. Freedom from monthly car payments. Freedom from expensive car maintenance. Freedom from monthly insurance payments. Freedom from obesity and all of its associated health risks. Freedom from bus schedules. Freedom to stop and admire the view any time you want. Freedom to choose your own route. Freedom to go at your own pace. Freedom to be yourself.
That was a great post.
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Old 06-10-08, 12:32 AM   #4
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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.

political. economical. i hear people complain about gas prices and i tell them to shut up and ride a bike. then they ask me if i do and i say yes. i talk the talk, and walk the walk. i haven't paid for petroleum in a month.

health. since travelling exclusively on bike I have lost 25 pounds, my blood pressure has gone down, and i've discovered new places. and i have so much more energy now. more than i know what to do with.
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Old 06-10-08, 02:14 AM   #5
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there are no speed limits on a bike
That's not what I've heard.

Anyway, I ride a bike mostly because of laziness and lack of patience. Living in a city, it is almost always by far the fastest mode of transportation. Driving a car in a city would kill me, having to stop and wait all the time and taking 10 minutes to go 1 km. And of course the total inflexibility of cars in city traffic. Public transport here is very good by international, and certainly American, standards, but you still have to wait for the metro train to arrive, there are only so many stations, and you have to pay! Buses combine the worst of two worlds, in that they are affected by congestion.

There are some good commuter trains, though, that will actually save me time as I go to my brother's house 10 km out.
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Old 06-10-08, 10:15 AM   #6
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i ride cuz i like to ride. On my days offs when i am not riding to work or to the store i like to go on long rides. Again, i just like to ride...
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Old 06-10-08, 11:20 AM   #7
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Riding a bike makes a biped feel like a quadriped.

Owning bikes is cheaper than owning cars.
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Old 06-10-08, 11:36 AM   #8
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i talk the talk, and walk the walk. i haven't paid for petroleum in a month.
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How can I expect others to make changes if I don't make them myself?


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Stress. I find riding my bike to be super relaxing, even on a hard ride. Driving a car is one of the most stressfull activities, in my opinion.
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Old 06-10-08, 11:49 AM   #9
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investment in mental health

I have been lazy about getting on the bike lately, in many cases not enough time to get to everything by bike. Picked up an old English 3 speed yesterday and took her for a little spin around the complex. Melted all my stress away being on the bike, and that bike in particular.
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Old 06-10-08, 12:59 PM   #10
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The "wheeeeeeee" factor.
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Old 06-10-08, 01:27 PM   #11
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Well, it was the first means of transportation other than my parents and relatives cars, when OPEC pulled the plug in '73, when gas prices rose 70 cents in 7 years, (most people today wish that was still the case) unreliable motor vehicles in my youth( mostly due to that 50lb teenage right foot) motor vehicles that I could afford over the years got only 10 to 15 mpg, and as I got older I found out that I cannot eat all I want and stay at a reasonable weight without some help from the bike. Plus, the gas savings let me buy more food so I can eat even more.
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Old 06-10-08, 02:06 PM   #12
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It's appropriate technology for short trips. Why is it necessary for a person to travel a mile or two by being hauled to his destination in a piece of motorized heavy equipment operated by a licensed equipment operator. On top of that, he then has to find a place to leave the piece of motorized heavy equipment while he is at that location.

To haul several people with luggage long distances at high speeds over routes not served by other means of transportation, cars are appropriate technology. To haul myself six miles to work, they are overkill.
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Old 06-10-08, 02:13 PM   #13
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Because my bike continues to be my x-wing fighter,even at 37
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Old 06-10-08, 05:16 PM   #14
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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.
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Old 06-10-08, 05:55 PM   #15
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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.
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Old 06-10-08, 06:12 PM   #16
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Old 06-10-08, 06:17 PM   #17
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1. Riding a bicycle is the definition of freedom. Freedom from the oil companies. Freedom from monthly car payments. Freedom from expensive car maintenance. Freedom from monthly insurance payments. Freedom from obesity and all of its associated health risks. Freedom from bus schedules. Freedom to stop and admire the view any time you want. Freedom to choose your own route. Freedom to go at your own pace. Freedom to be yourself.
Perfect, I couldn't say it better.
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Old 06-10-08, 06:42 PM   #18
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I'm not 16 yet, but I'm still able to go places. (Now if only I had money so I actually have places to go to...) Also, I think all of my bikes, and the cost of the accessories on them, probably cost as much as a tank of gas.
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6. While a bicycle is great technology for short trips, it also has its place for longer trips. Once you've acclimated to staying the seat for several hours at a stretch, you can easily do 60-80 miles in a day. Stick a tent on the rack and you have a traveling roadshow.

7. Habitually riding a bike causes a real upsurge in health. I've never felt fitter since I starting riding 3 years ago.

8. Great way to cool off in heat. Move along at a slow pace and feel the wind in your hair.

9. Save a ton of money.
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Old 06-10-08, 07:06 PM   #20
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Old 06-10-08, 07:22 PM   #21
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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.
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Old 06-10-08, 08:20 PM   #22
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Pedaling into a strong headwind in first gear is still faster than walking. I confirmed this two days ago.

Pedaling with a strong tailwind is a blast. It makes me feel like superman.

When I owned cars or motorcycles there was always this mental tether attached to them. I was always concerned about them getting damaged by someone while they were out of sight. I still have this concern about my bicycles when I'm shopping at a store, but not when I'm home. The bicycles are inside away from thieves and bad weather.

The mental tether of a $1300.00 bicycle is much less than a multi-thousand dollar car or motorcycle. I feel freer without the motor vehicles. That freedom inspires me to get rid of even more of my unused unneeded stuff.

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Old 06-10-08, 09:13 PM   #23
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The "wheeeeeeee" factor.
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That 4 seat quad on a TV news segment
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i haven't paid for petroleum in a month.
Do you have a home that is powered/heated/cooled by renewable energy?
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