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Old 05-07-12, 03:52 PM   #1
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What do you mean you don't have a bike?

A pure-gold essay from the inimitable Mr Money Mustache today.

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/what-...t-have-a-bike/

He is car-lite rather than car free, but it is quite the excellent blog, I think all LCF-ers will be interested in a lot of it.

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Old 05-07-12, 05:37 PM   #2
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A pure-gold essay from the inimitable Mr Money Mustache today.

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/...t-have-a-bike/

He is car-lite rather than car free, but it is quite the excellent blog, I think all LCF-ers will be interested in a lot of it.
A great read! Thanks for the link.

Just when I thought I heard of every advantage of riding a bike, this guy comes up with a few more.
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Excellent piece, thanks for the heads up!
And glad to see that one of the sponsors of that blog is Geico
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Got to say I am pretty much at polar opposites from Mr Money Mustache on how to buy a bike.

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I look for a bike in any of the overlapping categories “city”, “commuter”, “hybrid”, or “road”. I want something with a MSRP in the US of at least $500, indicating a reasonable level of component and frame quality. And at that point, I just sort by features and price.
I prefer undervalued pearls. My current commuter was built from a frame that cost me $30. Although got to agree, if you buy components, make them durable ones.
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I agree that the $500 price point is a good starting point for a NEW bike. I have only purchased 2 new bikes in the past 15 years. My longest running "commuter" bike was $25 in 1980 and is still rolling along with minimal maintenance.

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Saw it this time, thanks for the fix.

Every bike fanatic goes through this phase, wondering why EVERYONE doesn't see what is so obvious to them. Been there, done that. Since I got PAST it, I've come to realize that too many people are soft, lazy wusses who became CONVINCED that "lifestyle" means doing as physically little as possible. SWEATING for your wages is for lesser people. When day-to-day survival is removed from the equation, the vacuum left behind gets filled with degrees of hedonism.

I was there, too, once; after the Army, I realized and embraced the value of actually WORKING at something -- I learned that life is "NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN", you DO get out of it what you put in. Actually prefer it that way. I don't even WANT the level of comfort and ease so many seem to strive for. (SECRET: I've been recently telling some of these folks that my biking lifestyle will enable me to ride past their funeral processions -- and they are more than a decade my juniors!)

Let other people do their own thing, live their own lives; they don't support me, I'm not supporting them. I focus on my kids, and they have a lot of the same passion for pedaling that I do. THEY will also ride past their peers' funerals.
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I agree that the $500 price point is a good starting point for a NEW bike. I have only purchased 2 new bikes in the past 15 years. My longest running "commuter" bike was $25 in 1980 and is still rolling along with minimal maintenance.

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I guess when you consider how long they can last, spending $500 or $1000 is well worth it... if you can come up with the cash.
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Reading the article made me chuckle, in the fact that the author of the blog having a conniption fit over someone not owning a bicycle. I'd rather spend my time/energy riding to my destination on a bicycle, rather than worrying about some other person's mode of transportation, and trying to make sure that they find bike religion.
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I got a good one. I met this new co-worker and she's from Seattle. She said she's bored on the weekends because she's new to the area and doesn't know anyone. And as I do with all my recreational activities revolving around riding a bike, so I asked her to bring her bike out. She replied, "oh I don't know how to ride a bike." I was dumbfounded and felt that she didn't have a nice childhood. Doesn't every child go through childhood riding a bike? I was even thinking about training her but then my wife would be wondering why?

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I got a good one. I met this new co-worker and she's from Seattle. She said she's bored on the weekends because she's new to the area and doesn't no anyone. And as I do with all my recreational activities revolving around riding a bike, so I asked her to bring her bike out. She replied, "oh I don't know how to ride a bike." I was dumbfounded and felt that she didn't have a nice childhood. Doesn't every child go through childhood riding a bike?
No. My mother never knew how to ride a bike. And when I went for a session with a bike coach, he told me he teaches lots of adult beginners to ride. San Francisco Bike Coalition even offers classes for adults who have never learned to ride a bike.
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Yeah, I will direct her to it. I got a flyer from SFBC today on Bike To Work Day mentioning they offer beginners' class. I hope she doesn't have another excuse.
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Got to say I am pretty much at polar opposites from Mr Money Mustache on how to buy a bike....I prefer undervalued pearls. My current commuter was built from a frame that cost me $30. Although got to agree, if you buy components, make them durable ones.
If the buyer is someone who doesn't know much about bikes; doesn't want to spend a lot of time doing research; and lacks the skills, tools, and inclination to do work on a bike, then his advice makes sense. Cheap new bikes are cheap for a reason. And buying used is a crapshoot if you don't have a certain amount of knowledge.
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I got a good one. I met this new co-worker and she's from Seattle. She said she's bored on the weekends because she's new to the area and doesn't know anyone. And as I do with all my recreational activities revolving around riding a bike, so I asked her to bring her bike out. She replied, "oh I don't know how to ride a bike." I was dumbfounded and felt that she didn't have a nice childhood. Doesn't every child go through childhood riding a bike? I was even thinking about training her but then my wife would be wondering why?

This sort of thought process only serves to cause a deeper divide between non cyclists and cyclists.
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This sort of thought process only serves to cause a deeper divide between non cyclists and cyclists.
Does it cause the divide or just reveal it?
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I got a good one. I met this new co-worker and she's from Seattle. She said she's bored on the weekends because she's new to the area and doesn't know anyone. And as I do with all my recreational activities revolving around riding a bike, so I asked her to bring her bike out. She replied, "oh I don't know how to ride a bike." I was dumbfounded and felt that she didn't have a nice childhood. Doesn't every child go through childhood riding a bike? I was even thinking about training her but then my wife would be wondering why?
Lot's of people have never learned how to ride a bike. My mother for one, she was an Iowa farm girl. I have another friend that never learned to ride a bike or drive he was born and raised in NYC. He walked or took mass transit everywhere he needed to go.

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