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  1. Poll: that's super, but no one said anything at all...

    that's super, but no one said anything at all about car ownership being a "Bad Thing", just that it is often an "Expensive Thing".

    hence the desire for some people to reduce the number of cars...
  2. Poll: indeed. this poll is specifically about car...

    indeed.

    this poll is specifically about car ownership and whether or not bike commuting/transportation cycling has played a key role in allowing an individual or family to reduce the number of...
  3. Poll: given that it was 22 degrees with a windchill of...

    given that it was 22 degrees with a windchill of 14 when i left this morning, i wore 14 individual items of clothing:

    boxer briefs
    undershirt
    hoodie
    reflective hi-vis shell
    jeans
    socks (x2)...
  4. Poll: well, with 50 votes in, it looks like about half...

    well, with 50 votes in, it looks like about half of us are using bike commuting/transportation cycling to augment our transportation options to the point where we can shed ownership of a car we would...
  5. Poll: Does bike commuting help you/your family own less cars than you otherwise would?

    this poll is an off-shoot from the most recent bike commuting money thread.

    while bike commuting has the potential to save one money in just about any situation, it seems like the biggest savings...
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    Nope. No snow here in chicago.

    Nope. No snow here in chicago.
  7. i think most of us would agree that the average...

    i think most of us would agree that the average middle-class american family with two children owns two or more cars.

    my bike commuting allows us to remain a one car family (my wife ain't ever...
  8. i bought a new bike last may, but it wasn't...

    i bought a new bike last may, but it wasn't really for bike commuting, so i suppose that doesn't count.

    i did buy a new wheelset and new disc brakes (avid BB5's suck!) for my everyday CX commuter...
  9. because i'm not self-employed and my firm's...

    because i'm not self-employed and my firm's office hours are inflexible. 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, M-F, 12 months a year.
  10. lucky. being located at the eastern edge of...

    lucky.

    being located at the eastern edge of the central time zone, chicago is full-on night when i leave work at 5:30 pm, from "fall back" all the way to "spring forward".

    i wish we had DST...
  11. The Darkness............. it's half over!

    given my location and commute times, i have full daylight for all of my morning commutes year-round, even on the winter solstice.

    but going home is a different story. as soon as DST ends, my...
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    almost always the same 5 mile route for me. it's...

    almost always the same 5 mile route for me. it's the one that has the best balance between safety and quickness. there are occasional divergences for specific errands.

    i would love to have the...
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    ^ they say your memory is the second thing to go....

    ^ they say your memory is the second thing to go.

    i can't remember what the first was.
  14. why the weird add-on belt-tensioner? it's a...

    why the weird add-on belt-tensioner?

    it's a brand new bike; ideally it would be built the correct way right from the start with sliding vertical drops.
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    LOL, not only has a 2016 thread already been...

    LOL, not only has a 2016 thread already been created, but you also already posted in it.

    it's currently the first stickied thread:...
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    Sticky: 28 degrees, but a bit windy, 20 mph out of the...

    28 degrees, but a bit windy, 20 mph out of the north (my general direction of travel) making it feel like 15.

    lake effect snow started falling when i was ~1/2 mile from work; they say we may get...
  17. i would take issue with this statement from the...

    i would take issue with this statement from the article. the only "privilege" that a person in our society needs to ride a bike is to be physically able to do so. after that, the rest is a 100% pure...
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    ^ nice pics. i've got ergons with bar ends...

    ^ nice pics.



    i've got ergons with bar ends on my Uno as well. one of the nice things about the coaster brake is that my hands can hang out on the bar ends for as long as they want with nary a...
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    Snow Ride........ Take It Easy........

    it was snowing pretty hard when i left this morning. i hadn't had a proper snowstorm ride in quite a while.

    falling, accumulating snow requires a bit of extra care and caution, even with my...
  20. I've got PB cascadias on my winter bike and SKS...

    I've got PB cascadias on my winter bike and SKS lonboards on my regular commuter. the longboards are better because of the longer mudflap, but it's not a huge difference.

    the cascadias on my...
  21. if it's down-pouring when i'm about to leave in...

    if it's down-pouring when i'm about to leave in the morning, i'll just grab an umbrella and walk over to the train station instead of biking.

    if it's a lighter rain, i'll just ride.

    if it's...
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    no, my folder is not my only bike. my current...

    no, my folder is not my only bike. my current stable:


    2007 Dahon Speed P8 - steel 8 speed 20" folder. it has some mechanical issues right now, i don't currently ride it.

    2010 Motobecane...
  23. i would recommend a 2nd wheel set, at a minimum....

    i would recommend a 2nd wheel set, at a minimum.

    i would even more strongly recommend a 2nd bike.


    i'm all about speed, ease, and convenience, ESPECIALLY in my groggy morning state. it's a...
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    that's a good option too. and for only 10...

    that's a good option too.

    and for only 10 bucks, not a bad deal at all.
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    You don't have to get a new narrower bar, the one...

    You don't have to get a new narrower bar, the one that came stock on your Mu uno can easily be chopped down. I took about 2 inches off of each side of the bar on mine. Its a pretty easy DIY mod that...
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