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    I usually take a "minimalist" approach ;) to...

    I usually take a "minimalist" approach ;) to cleaning my bikes, especially the daily commuter. But it does track in quite a bit of crud in the winter because of caked-on snow, salt, sand, etc that...
  2. I'll bring up the Surly CrossCheck again. I...

    I'll bring up the Surly CrossCheck again. I commute year round in the Boston area, and I'd be very surprised if your potholes are like ours right now! FWIW, CrossChecks are extremely common around...
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    Another thing I think is useful, whether you use...

    Another thing I think is useful, whether you use a mirror or not, is looking over your shoulder. Aside from seeing who's behind you, humans respond subconsciously to other humans turning to look at...
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    I'm in the Boston area, and my impression is that...

    I'm in the Boston area, and my impression is that cycling has still been on a steady increase over the last few years. And actually even during this fairly ridiculous winter, I've seen other cyclists...
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    Congratulations on your resolution! I suspect...

    Congratulations on your resolution! I suspect that once you get going and get your system figured out, you may well find that it makes lots of things about city living much more convenient.

    The...
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    Yeah, the sprayer is awesome. Our hose is buried...

    Yeah, the sprayer is awesome. Our hose is buried under waist-deep snow in the back yard, and danged if I'm going to go dig it out. But the quantity of crap that has melted all over the bike room is...
  7. Also, liquid wrench is not chain lube. It's...

    Also, liquid wrench is not chain lube. It's extremely thin (that's why it can penetrate) which means it won't stay on your chain long. Bicycle chain lube or 3-in-1 oil comes in drip bottles, not...
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    I bought a pesticide sprayer for hosing down the...

    I bought a pesticide sprayer for hosing down the bike somewhat if it's covered in caked-on stuff that will just melt all over the bike room. Don't know why I never thought of it before!
    Dahon.Steve...
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    Start at your LBS. Especially if it's your first...

    Start at your LBS. Especially if it's your first bike since childhood, it's really important to test ride and buy a bike that fits and feels good. The only way to do that is to test ride. At a given...
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    I have the Longboards on my touring bike... it's...

    I have the Longboards on my touring bike... it's a bit odd to me that the front is so long and the back isn't.

    I actually shortened the front a little and put a different mudflap on it, because I...
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    The problem with reflective materials is that...

    The problem with reflective materials is that they all function, one way or another, by having some sort of lens or bead that reflects light. The thick, stiff vinyl stuff has it molded into the back...
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    Actually, I have to say that since the snow...

    Actually, I have to say that since the snow started I've had way fewer negative experiences with traffic than I have normally, and I've been riding everywhere just like usual. A big part of that is...
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    I agree that bicycle commuting isn't realistic...

    I agree that bicycle commuting isn't realistic for a lot of people (although it is realistic for plenty of people who don't do it currently) because they live so far from where they work; and in lots...
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    As much as the snow is a drag sometimes and is...

    As much as the snow is a drag sometimes and is messy, nothing makes me count my lucky stars that I can get around by bike and don't own a car like snow does.
    Things like watching the neighbor...
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    There are a number of brands smaller than Trek...

    There are a number of brands smaller than Trek that offer bikes in the USA that come with racks and fenders, IGH, and in some cases dyno hubs and lighting. Breezer comes to mind, as well as some...
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    I've been out riding to my studio (Boston area -...

    I've been out riding to my studio (Boston area - live in Medford, work in Somerville) every day, snow and all, even during the travel ban (which applied only to motorized vehicles). It's been sloppy,...
  17. It seems like debating between a road bike and a...

    It seems like debating between a road bike and a cargo bike is like deciding between a sedan and a tractor. There are some things that could technically be accomplished using either one, but they're...
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    I work for myself, and it used to be out of the...

    I work for myself, and it used to be out of the house. The transition to doing that was difficult for me after having had a bike commute my whole life, not to mention being by myself in the house all...
  19. It's nice that people are so generous giving...

    It's nice that people are so generous giving money to the one guy whose story went viral. But it's really too bad that all that effort and money isn't going to help any of the millions of other...
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    As a woman in my 30's, I find that implication...

    As a woman in my 30's, I find that implication offensive.

    Back to the original question though, if you're happily able to be self-sufficient without a car, do you really want to waste your time...
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    Sigh. I work for myself, and I can still ride to...

    Sigh. I work for myself, and I can still ride to my studio even if it's slow going through the snow. So no snow day here. Took half an hour to dig a path to get my bike out to the street.... so glad...
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    Oh yeah, and then there was that time some years...

    Oh yeah, and then there was that time some years ago when all of a sudden the whole internet realized you could open a whole lot of expensive Kryptonite locks with a Bic pen. The day I saw that, I...
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    A friend of mine recently discovered that his...

    A friend of mine recently discovered that his house key opens the main door to another friend's apartment building....

    With bike locks as with many things, you get what you pay for. And in this...
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    I make bike bags, and I'm also a musician.

    I make bike bags, and I'm also a musician.
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    Date the way you live, or the way you want to...

    Date the way you live, or the way you want to live.
    If a car-free lifestyle is important to you, look for dates in places where you'll meet other non-car-centric people and do activities that work...
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