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  1. BlueFox, I've got a question and it looks like...

    BlueFox, I've got a question and it looks like you're just the guy who could answer it. What is the break-even point between owning a private car (always available, low incremental cost per...
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    I went to the Youtube link and watched the...

    I went to the Youtube link and watched the authors' talk, which was about an hour long. I thought it was a very interesting discussion that ranged from the anecdotal to the theoretical. My...
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    Sticky: We disagree about the method, but I think all of...

    We disagree about the method, but I think all of us here prefer the healthy, happy and simple life. :)
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    Sticky: You're right about that. In present day North...

    You're right about that. In present day North America rural living entails a considerable degree of car dependency.

    From about 1850-1940s there was an extensive railroad network that penetrated...
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    An extra inner tube, a patch kit, a small air...

    An extra inner tube, a patch kit, a small air pump.
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    Okay then, sincere answer, bearing in mind that...

    Okay then, sincere answer, bearing in mind that I'm speaking only for myself and other posters may have different opinions. If you are looking for an official answer you'll have to get it from a...
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    Back in the real world, relationships with other...

    Back in the real world, relationships with other people always require accommodation and compromise. If your partner is utterly unwilling to walk, bike, or use public transit then you cannot go...
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    Sticky: Poll: Hi newsun, good to have you here! Welcome...

    Hi newsun, good to have you here!



    Welcome to the living car free forum, lilybay. What kind of bike do you prefer?
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    Sticky: Sure. Choices have consequences. But a more...

    Sure. Choices have consequences. But a more common situation would be the people who come here and post "I desperately want to be car free but cycling isn't a powerful enough form of transportation...
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    Sticky: One thing I think I've learned from this thread...

    One thing I think I've learned from this thread is that car free living and simple/frugal living are mutually enabling lifestyle choices. It's easier to be car free if one has a simple/frugal way of...
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    About half the time I pick pistachio almond, the...

    About half the time I pick pistachio almond, the rest of the time I pick the most offbeat flavor available (champagne ice, li hing mui, etc).
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    I see almost unbelievable forecasts for high...

    I see almost unbelievable forecasts for high temps in parts of the U.S. that aren't used to that kind of heat. I assume that since all of us here are cyclists we have a fair idea of how to recognize...
  13. My sympathies. In the south we're more set up to...

    My sympathies. In the south we're more set up to deal with that kind of heat. (A light dusting of snow, on the other hand, can easily close a southern city down in the winter. I remember one year...
  14. The high of the day in the summer here in central...

    The high of the day in the summer here in central Texas is 4-6 PM. That happens especially if you're at the western edge of the local time zone. Daylight savings time also makes the high of the day...
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    There's another reason why you might want to...

    There's another reason why you might want to repair something instead of simply replacing it. In the course of making the repair, you may have an opportunity to reinforce a weak point or even to...
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    Okay then, let's add Mineral Wells to the "Six...

    Okay then, let's add Mineral Wells to the "Six Surprising Cities for a Carfree Vacation" thread. You're saying you can guarantee the surprise factor, right? :twitchy:
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    In Austin, there are a few businesses that...

    In Austin, there are a few businesses that feature some kind of positive statement about cycling as part of their image. Mellow Johnnys bike shop says it wants to be a "temple of two wheeled living"...
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    Every bikeable shortcut I've ever found!

    Every bikeable shortcut I've ever found!
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    In 2003 I gave my car to my daughter, who was at...

    In 2003 I gave my car to my daughter, who was at college and in need of one. I'd been playing at being car free for about a year, with the car mostly gathering dust in the parking lot. Real car...
  20. Yikes, I remember that. I was a daily bike...

    Yikes, I remember that. I was a daily bike commuter. I was working on weather station software at the time and when it registered 117 I thought for sure it was a programming bug. When I got home I...
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    Great idea!

    Great idea!
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    Sticky: Very well said. We've argued a lot in this...

    Very well said. We've argued a lot in this thread about whether various things are simple or not. But the bicycle, 25 pounds of metal and rubber that lets fat old men go as fast as olympic medium...
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    Sticky: The Internet offers equal opportunity insulting...

    The Internet offers equal opportunity insulting for everyone!

    Neil_B, if it makes any difference, weight wise I'm much closer to you than bluefoxicy. Us clydes can just keep riding and prove...
  24. For me, the main reason to live car free is to...

    For me, the main reason to live car free is to gain insight about alternative living arrangements. Nothing can take away the insight and perspective you've acquired over the past six years of car...
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    Sticky: Antique American beds (circa 1920s) were often a...

    Antique American beds (circa 1920s) were often a full 36 inches high. Step stools were used to get in and out.
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