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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 01-19-14, 12:41 PM   #1
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My CAR Gave-Up for Good

The day has come. I still have the car, but it has a cracked cylinder head. The coolant got into the cylinders, causing hydrostatic lock.

I held off calling a tow-truck tip the next morning (8:00 AM, Friday, 17 January, 2014). As luck would have it, there was a three car pile-up on the next block, which tied-up all the wreckers in town. So, I had to wait an hour for the tow-truck to arrive.

Today is the second consecutive car-free day for me.

Don't worry, I have very big Utility Bicycles. You can start browsing my NEW "Bike Design Showcase", on Flickr now:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1162998...57639939606343


DSCF0953 by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr

I had this idea to make a Utility Bike. I surveyed many people , to see if it would be worth buying a TIG Welder, but the positive responses were a little bit on the thin side, So we improvised, using Fiberglass, and lashing the strips of 'glass to the head-tube, to support the Utility Platform, shown here.

The Handlebar Basket and the Aerodynamic Fairing have *Merged* .


IMG_0916 by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr

The Fairing is now Coroplast brand "Corrugated Plastic Cardboard", which saves time and money compared to Fiberglass. Ironically, the little bit of Fiberglass we did use , saves time and money compared to Inert Gas Welding. Best of Both Situations.

This bike is called the Type Eleven. I have just now created the "Bike Design Showcase" Album , with 374 photos of various Bikes, so feel free to scroll thru the slideshow.
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Old 01-19-14, 01:02 PM   #2
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Sorry 'bout the car, but congratulations on the new car-free life you're about to begin.
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Sorry 'bout the car, but congratulations on the new car-free life you're about to begin.
I am doing more mileage than before. In 2011, I did 1,100 (eleven hundred ) miles, 2012; 1,800 (eighteen hundred), and 2013; 2,200 (twenty two hundred) miles.

I am thinking that I'm in better shape than I was just a few years ago, and I am going to make a go-for-it.
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Sorry about the car. That bike is awesome. Don't let anybody say, "I didn't see you," on that thing!
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I am doing more mileage than before. In 2011, I did 1,100 (eleven hundred ) miles, 2012; 1,800 (eighteen hundred), and 2013; 2,200 (twenty two hundred) miles.

I am thinking that I'm in better shape than I was just a few years ago, and I am going to make a go-for-it.
Wow! How long is your daily commute?
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Wow! How long is your daily commute?
I'm more or less retired. I will probably get another car, but I'm in no rush. Today is day three of being Car Free.

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I'm more or less retired. I will probably get another car, but I'm in no rush. Today is day three of being Car Free.

Don't forget to look at my Bike Design Showcase:
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Hey maybe you can add an electric motor and just call this your car.


Pretty nice work, hotbike.
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Today marks One Week, or seven days without the car.

I do have a his/her matching pair of Lafree "Sport" Electric Bikes, but the motors are built onto the Bottom Bracket area, not suitable for transfer to the "Type Ten" , or the yellow bike in the picture. I still need to go through the album and add captions, and titles.

That's not what the Type Ten looks like , though. I painted Teeth on it.

IMG_3237 by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr

But then I made a Coroplast Dodecahedron Fairing, which saves weight:

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If you can make one week this time of year, you'll have no problem for the rest of the year.
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If you can make one week this time of year, you'll have no problem for the rest of the year.
Well, it's been more than a month, and I confess, I rode the NICE (Nassau Inter-County Express) Bus about four times. But I've been getting around on the Mountain Bike. Today, most of the snow is melted, so maybe I will ride that yellow fiberglass monster shown earlier.

I do plan to get a new (used) car, but I don't think I will drive it everyday, or every other day, as I had been doing.
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Well, it's been more than a month, and I confess, I rode the NICE (Nassau Inter-County Express) Bus about four times. But I've been getting around on the Mountain Bike. Today, most of the snow is melted, so maybe I will ride that yellow fiberglass monster shown earlier.

I do plan to get a new (used) car, but I don't think I will drive it everyday, or every other day, as I had been doing.
If you've gone a month, you don't even need a car.
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I do plan to get a new (used) car, but I don't think I will drive it everyday, or every other day, as I had been doing.
Think hard about throwing money for a car, then leaving it parked in the driveway. That would be money down the drain.

Personally I'd never think of a car at this time of year... just as Spring is coming in.
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The OP lives in Long Island so there are plenty of public trasit options. It maybe time to study the bus and rail options. I will say the job of repairing a cracked cylinder is going to cost alot of money. You might need a new engine.

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Well, I'm still going car-free. But my parents want to buy a car for me. They want me to have a car. We looked at a used Honda Civic, 2004, with 74,000 miles on it. But they want $8,000 for it. That kind of money would buy a lot of new bike parts.

Got my road bike going on Monday, the snow has melted, the city has run a street sweeper to pick up the sand and gravel. But today the temp was again in the twenties F.

The Coroplast Panniers are wonderful; they have carried all my groceries for the past two months.
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But my parents want to buy a car for me.
With parents like these, who needs enemies?

I'd quickly point them to some article on the benefits of exercise and ask them to donate the money to your 401K fund.
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