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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 06-28-14, 02:22 PM   #451
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You guys just went over my head.
The answer from cooker is very good.
There is lots of gearing info on gearing on BF and all over the Internet. Or go to a good bike shop. Appropriate gears might get you over those hills without sweating!
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Old 06-28-14, 03:43 PM   #452
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We rode with our dog friend to a spot to get some work done at a nice beer garden. She seems happy with her new chariot.
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Yep, there's no doubt you notice more stuff biking than driving, and even more when walking.
Yet, when I have been in the passenger seat of the work vehicle of late, I have seen more than I would have from the seat of a bicycle, and this on roads that I have cycled a lot. The idea that you see more from a bike than from a car as a passenger is not as accurate as some people believe.
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Old 06-30-14, 02:36 AM   #454
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About 2.5 km walk ... running (walking?) an errand and doing some window shopping.
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Old 06-30-14, 08:15 AM   #455
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Yet, when I have been in the passenger seat of the work vehicle of late, I have seen more than I would have from the seat of a bicycle, and this on roads that I have cycled a lot. The idea that you see more from a bike than from a car as a passenger is not as accurate as some people believe.
I agree. I guess we'd have to compare car passengers to pedicab and rickshaw passengers to see how car, bike and foot locomotion compare for passenger sightseeing.
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Old 06-30-14, 08:20 AM   #456
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Rode the usual 11 km to work, and may meander the long way home later. It's kind of an orphan day, in that it is a workday squeezed between a weekend and the July 1 Canada Day holiday, so a lot of people took it off to have a 4 day weekend. Quiet on the street and somewhat quiet at the office. Like Black Friday without the shopping.
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Old 06-30-14, 08:53 AM   #457
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Yet, when I have been in the passenger seat of the work vehicle of late, I have seen more than I would have from the seat of a bicycle, and this on roads that I have cycled a lot. The idea that you see more from a bike than from a car as a passenger is not as accurate as some people believe.
Like so many ideas expressed on the Internet, and especially on this list, this idea is as accurate as some people want to believe.
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Old 06-30-14, 10:18 AM   #458
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Like so many ideas expressed on the Internet, and especially on this list, this idea is as accurate as some people want to believe.
Where did you ride or walk today?
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Old 06-30-14, 02:50 PM   #459
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Where did you ride or walk today?
Since you asked.
In the morning I biked to the Hy-Vee Supermarket for a few items. About 3 miles R/T.
My wife and I biked to the local hospital where I swim every day. She reads her Kindle during my hour in the pool, changing and showering. About 11 miles R/T.
After lunch I rode to the post office and to the library where I exchanged a few DVD's For tonights watching. About six miles R/T.
I listened to about 1 hours of a new audiobook I just started today while cycling to and fro.

I didn't see anything all that special as I've ridden these streets for numerous years, but I wasn't looking for anything to get all excited about. Not a problem since I was riding for practical reasons (ya know, like, get somewhere) as well as bicycling enjoyment and was not looking to be visually stimulated into a state of wonderment by every little thing as I go along.

Pretty routine and no BFD. Hardly worth writing about IMO but you did ask.

I ride because I like to bike. I don't walk anywhere for transportation or pleasure.
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Old 06-30-14, 03:38 PM   #460
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Walk report (per Endomondo)*: 2.1 miles at 3.2 mph in 39:54 and 352 kcal.

*Meant to use Runtastic, but it wanted me to create/log-in to their service before the app would fully open. I had no network (I'm wifi only, so no 4g/lte for me) and I really don't want to be forced into creating an online account just to give an app a test drive.
While I may not be thrilled with Endomondo's UI, it seems to be the most accurate of the various trackers I've used.
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Old 06-30-14, 03:52 PM   #461
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Since you asked.
In the morning I biked to the Hy-Vee Supermarket for a few items. About 3 miles R/T.
My wife and I biked to the local hospital where I swim every day. She reads her Kindle during my hour in the pool, changing and showering. About 11 miles R/T.
After lunch I rode to the post office and to the library where I exchanged a few DVD's For tonights watching. About six miles R/T.
I listened to about 1 hours of a new audiobook I just started today while cycling to and fro.

I didn't see anything all that special as I've ridden these streets for numerous years, but I wasn't looking for anything to get all excited about. Not a problem since I was riding for practical reasons (ya know, like, get somewhere) as well as bicycling enjoyment and was not looking to be visually stimulated into a state of wonderment by every little thing as I go along.

Pretty routine and no BFD. Hardly worth writing about IMO but you did ask.

I ride because I like to bike. I don't walk anywhere for transportation or pleasure.
I only ask because you posted in this thread. Still, I found it interesting.
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I walked to the drugstore and back, about 1/2 mile. Mostly I sat on the porch and read some articles. It was 87F and 70% humidity with relentless sun, so I'm just trying to stay cool!
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More walking at lunch ... about 2 km.

I'm just glad to be out doing these 2-3 km walks just about every day right now. I have lingering lung damage from the penicillin and it's difficult to breathe.
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Walk report time :
Endomondo says 2.21 miles in 39:19 at 3.37 mph and 393 kcal.
Sports Tracker says 2.20 miles in 40:20 at 3.3 mph and 273 kcal.
Part of the time difference can be explained by the necessity of navigating between the apps to start/stop, but I don't think that is all of it (though with my vision and needing to 'study the screen'...), but I got no idea on the calorie consumption- different algorithms?
Might be another report later.
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So I just decided to give Runtastic a try. The numbers for a trip to Warehouse Market and back- 0.66 miles in 25:33 at 1.5 mph and 168 kcal. I can somewhat understand the speed (I did a bunch of standing around in the store), but the calories consumed is suspect and it also said my max speed was 47 mph.
I think I'll take another walk and have Runtastic and Endomondo running and compare.
May or may not be another one today...
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Another walk report (3rd of the day). Went to the closest (or easiest for me to get to on foot) c-store to get gas for the mower.
Runtastic says it took 36:13 to go 1.27 miles at 2.1 mph w/238 calories.
Endomondo logged 30:03 to go 1.29 miles at 2.58 mph w/219 kcal.
The main reason for the time difference is when I went to stop the Runtastic app, it said it had encountered an error when I launched it and walked away from my tablet. When I picked the tablet back up, the app was still running...
Did have an odd encounter with a motorist, though. Was walking back from the c-store when he pulls up alongside and asks if I had run out of gas in my car. When I told him it was for my mower, he said okay, and sped off. I guess he was gonna offer me a ride
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Old 07-01-14, 08:54 PM   #468
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Happy Canada Day!!
Thanks - I had planned to do a long bike ride to celebrate the national holiday, but all day they were predicting thundershowers, even though it only rained heavily and briefly around 9-10 am. So I kept waiting, until about 3 pm when I decided to go for it.

Even though it was hot and humid I decided to start my quest to ride the 7 or 8 steepest hills in Toronto this summer. As discussed in another thread they are all pretty tame, mostly rising 20-40 metres in 300-500 meters, except for one that rises 90 m in 1 km. So I did two today, but I had to ride a 35 km loop to get to them.

One of the streets is a crescent, that drops down a slope and comes up again, and from google it looks like the northern section is the tough part, as it ends up at a much higher point than the south end. However as I rode in from the south I came to the drop, and there was a warning to trucks of an 18% grade, so the southern sloped section, although short, is much steeper, rising - or in this case, dropping - 20 m in just over 100 m.

I was really hot, and didn't want to do both ends of the crescent, so I resolved to come back another day for the south end, and rode on to the north end. I have pretty low gearing, so I just slowly spun my way uphill, while above me a young woman walked her bike up while her boyfriend zigzagged. I didn't gain much on them, if at all. Then I had a cooling off coast to another of the planned climbs a few blocks away (it was shorter and steeper than the north crescent, but didn't look anywhere near as steep as the south crescent) and then headed home.

I was very disappointed when I uploaded my Garmin files and found they don't give the elevations very accurately.

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Had to go drop the rent check in the mail.

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Today's walk is broken up into 2 segments and 3 different apps were used between them.
QT to USPS:
Endomondo- 1.27 miles in 23:24 at 3.26 mph w/220 kcal
RunKeeper- 1.23 miles in 24:36 at 3.01 mph w/172 calories
USPS to Home:
Endomondo- 1.69 miles in 32:43 at 3.09 mph w/277 kcal
Runtastic- 1.63 miles in 34:04 at 2.9 mph w/220 calories

I'm going to play with RunKeeper a bit more, but I'm done with Runtastic.
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Walked to do a couple very important errands at lunch ... will talk more about them later.


It is winter ... but today the temperature reached 17C. However the wind was gusting to 80 km/h.

You just never know what you're going to get one day to the next around here.

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I ran 4 - 5 miles up on the logging roads. Then I cut firewood, but right outside my fence. Now I'm in
my hammock. ..
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Celebrated the 4th of July by riding my bike over to the local country club to watch their fireworks.

Afterwards, there was a huge traffic jam, but I just sailed right through it.
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Saturday I explored some more logging roads. This time I had 3 different maps on my tablet/gps and a BLM map that all agreed that a road connected Falls City to the north to the Dallas Reservoir and for once they were right. The road down the other side of the ridge was so awful (had been logged when very muddy, was steep, and mostly big rocks) that, after taking a break at the lake, I headed farther west and looped back around and passed through the Black Rock Mountain Bike Area and home that way. That route was actually not nearly as steep and the road was better. It did not occur to me to take any pictures.
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Sunday, did a short 3 km run (and walk)!) on the school track nearby, to work on fitness. Very slow these days.
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