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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 01-20-14, 01:09 AM   #26
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I don't know much about mini-velo bikes. Can you say a little more about why you like them?
I love the uniqueness of the frame designs on many models; some are like exquisite works of art. (A lot of folding bikes have this characteristic too.) Plus they are smaller and easier for me, at 5"2" tall, to use in multi-modal settings; I can carry them up stairs without having the wheels hit the steps, and it's easier to get them onto the bike racks on the front of the bus. My main bike is a Pacific Reach, the non-instant-fold model, which breaks down for travel but is not a true folding bike. It's a surprisingly capable little workhorse with its built-in rear rack and front and rear suspension. I often load my panniers with heavy groceries and it handles that without complaint.

I would love to have a Moulton too. Perhaps the sculptural quality of these bikes appeals so much to me because I'm a graphic designer.

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Old 01-20-14, 02:43 AM   #27
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I love the uniqueness of the frame designs on many models; some are like exquisite works of art. (A lot of folding bikes have this characteristic too.) Plus they are smaller and easier for me, at 5"2" tall, to use in multi-modal settings; I can carry them up stairs without having the wheels hit the steps, and it's easier to get them onto the bike racks on the front of the bus. My main bike is a Pacific Reach, the non-instant-fold model, which breaks down for travel but is not a true folding bike. It's a surprisingly capable little workhorse with its built-in rear rack and front and rear suspension. I often load my panniers with heavy groceries and it handles that without complaint.

I would love to have a Moulton too. Perhaps the sculptural quality of these bikes appeals so much to me because I'm a graphic designer.
Thanks for the info! I found this informative page from Moulton's website:

http://www.moultonbicycles.co.uk/features.html
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Old 01-22-14, 11:30 PM   #28
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If I could have only one kind of bike I have to add another vote for the mini velo. For the last 3 years I have been pretty much exclusively riding my two mini velo style bikes and they have been the most fun and functional bikes I have ever owned. Ro-monster brought up the major points. I have found that I really like the 20" wheel with high pressure high volume tires, on both my bikes I run 1.95" maxxis Hookworm tires at about 90psi and I find that they deform less when loaded(I'm 190# and I carry 20+# usually) than my old 700c high pressure skinny road tires used to and rolls faster too, it also grips way better in turns. the tires are cheap, the tubes I can get anywhere and despite the unusual nature of the bike it takes all standard parts, all be it from at least 3 different classes of bikes (Road, MTB, and BMX)

this is the one I ride just about every day, its my ten speed!
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Old 01-23-14, 03:01 AM   #29
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Old 01-24-14, 10:32 AM   #30
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Mine would be my Peugeot Canyon Express 1984 Rigid MTB.
It has the wonderful Tange tubing and has a rear rack, fenders, marathon plus tires and the wonderful brooks saddle.
It is my go to bike and is sturdy as a clydesdale horse..
I bought it for $200.00 and it was in a garage in mint condition.
It was not used for close to 25 years, what a lucky find and such a great smooth ride...
Perhaps I am too much in love with this bike...lol
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Old 01-24-14, 04:00 PM   #31
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Mine would be my Peugeot Canyon Express 1984 Rigid MTB.
It has the wonderful Tange tubing and has a rear rack, fenders, marathon plus tires and the wonderful brooks saddle.
It is my go to bike and is sturdy as a clydesdale horse..
I bought it for $200.00 and it was in a garage in mint condition.
It was not used for close to 25 years, what a lucky find and such a great smooth ride...
Perhaps I am too much in love with this bike...lol
That was a good purchase. There are a lot of barely used bikes lying around, but it's hard to find them. I think most people who have had a bike laying around for years don't think about selling it unless they move or the owner dies.

Where/how did you find your Peugeot?
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Old 01-24-14, 04:59 PM   #32
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fully rigid MTB.

Of all my bikes, it was my cheapest (free Norco BushPilot) and crappiest but is the most versatile!
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Old 01-24-14, 06:53 PM   #33
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I lucked out and found it on CL when I was in Minneapolis at an estate sale of some rich guy.
Luck was on my side, I only put new tires on it which were my spares from my single speed coaster brake Peugeot Crazy Horse winter bike which has studded Nokian Snow tires on it..
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Old 01-25-14, 01:36 AM   #34
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Old 01-25-14, 10:38 AM   #35
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I would keep my LHT! There are just to many different configurations to be made with this type of bike. The versatility is crazy when you see a dozen of them on a ride, and how each is individualized. This is mine, on Powell Butte taking pictures.
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Old 01-25-14, 04:17 PM   #36
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the Moulton to let me switch all the parts off my Bike friday ...

but They opt for rim brakes
The BF is disc.
and the wheels of 406 size are Moulton seem uncommon sincethe APB that was made by Pashley

, but the 406 tires are more common.

particularly compared with when the 17" ones were Moulton exclusive & only Wolber made any.
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Old 01-25-14, 04:38 PM   #37
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406 wheels are pretty much everywhere, and should present 0 problems, unless you've got a really esoteric rear hub requirement. Even then, 406 rims are everywhere, and you (or a shop) can lace whichever hubset you'd like into any of the many 406 rims on the market...
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Old 02-01-14, 10:35 AM   #38
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I would also, no doubt, like a Moulton but I'm doubtful about the cost/benefit ratio
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Old 02-01-14, 02:08 PM   #39
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A cargo bike. Definitely. Not really sure what style is my favorite.
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Old 02-01-14, 04:08 PM   #40
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Although it gets the least use of my current bikes, I'd pick the Bike Friday folder if I were restricted to keeping only one. I've used it for touring, for some fast group road rides, and for some moderately challenging single-track trails. So I know it could be used for all the rides where I'd normally choose one of my other bikes. But the others wouldn't be suitable for the times when I needed the folding capability - multi-modal trips with transit systems that don't accept regular bikes, convenient air travel to touring destinations, and combined boat/bike trips with limited space on the boat.
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Old 02-01-14, 04:24 PM   #41
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Old 02-01-14, 05:35 PM   #42
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I would choose something inexpensive like an old ten speed from the 80's or maybe the Bikes Direct Windsor 3 speed that I'm using now. This way I could have peace of mind when locking the bike ourside. I don't know how anyone can feel comfortable locking a bike costng 1K for any amount of time. A do all bike has look fairly worthless or you'll need to carry a heavy 150 dollar chain. Quite frankly, I would prefer to go shopping with a 100 dollar bike with a much lighter 35 dollar u-lock.

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Old 02-01-14, 09:39 PM   #43
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Touring seems like the closest to an all-purpose choice. I've ridden club rides and randos on my LHT (did 300 miles in a day once), and also commuted, done loaded tours, and hauled a big load o' groceries.
I totally agree with this. I actually do only own one bike, and, yes, it's a touring bike. It's perfect for hauling stuff, commuting, and doing light cross riding. And touring. If you can only have one kind of bike and you're not addicted to MTBing, this is the one to have.
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Old 02-07-14, 12:42 PM   #44
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This is the car-free forum right? Then my only bike would have to be a cargo trike, a Nihola. Ignoring the car-free angle, then probably a commuterized Ogre.
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Old 02-07-14, 01:20 PM   #45
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I thought about that Trike Guy, but then I remembered that trailers exist. For that matter, my Fargo with front and rear racks can probably haul more than I wish to haul.
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Old 02-07-14, 03:41 PM   #46
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I thought about that Trike Guy, but then I remembered that trailers exist. For that matter, my Fargo with front and rear racks can probably haul more than I wish to haul.
True, hadn't thought about trailers, thats almost cheating because a person can have a lot of trailers for that one bike. In my case though, I'd still go with a Nihola. As an example of why, right now in Oslo it can't decide if rain or snow is the appropriate thing to do with all that moisture in the clouds, everything is an icy slushy mess away from the big roads, and I'm still hauling around kids on hills. (Since I have no car.) I was trying out three-wheel-drifting around some downhill corners, in fact. Hard to do a nice drift without a motor, turns out, but I'll try again.
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Old 02-11-14, 05:20 PM   #47
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Definitely a cruiser. I can power those better than any MTB.
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A quality folder like a Brompton. The ability to take your bike with you anywhere is invaluable.
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Old 02-12-14, 04:00 AM   #49
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Old 02-13-14, 02:15 PM   #50
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Road bike all the way. But I like going fast, I race it, and my wife has a car (so we/she can use that for groceries).
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