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    I like being car-light because I enjoy spending...

    I like being car-light because I enjoy spending time outdoors in all kinds of weather, I like getting free exercise just going about my daily business, and I like really getting to know the places I...
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    Hey, welcome! I lived in Fullerton for a year,...

    Hey, welcome! I lived in Fullerton for a year, and rode my bike all over the place around Orange County. The wide shoulders on the roads were really nice (as was the weather). Other than the high...
  3. Thread: Ice

    by wipekitty
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    The side streets where I live are pretty much...

    The side streets where I live are pretty much ice, snow, or some combination thereof between the first snows and late March/early April, and the bike lanes become places to store snow. Playtime is...
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    I was at a conference in Washington DC over the...

    I was at a conference in Washington DC over the weekend, and got quite a bit of walking in, thanks in part to staying at a much cheaper hotel about a mile from the conference hotel. (My employer -...
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    wipekitty's airport adventure, Winter edition,...

    wipekitty's airport adventure, Winter edition, complete with super-secret bicycle parking! 6.5 miles in the snow is still faster than local cab service. And free. And way more exciting.

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  6. Main cycling goals: (1) Maintain at least 50...

    Main cycling goals: (1) Maintain at least 50 miles a week through the winter months; (2) more long distance riding in the summer. There's a few 100/125 mile loops that start near my house, and I've...
  7. Thread: Goggles

    by wipekitty
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    Me too. They're cheap and get the job done. IMO,...

    Me too. They're cheap and get the job done. IMO, most goggles are going to fog in extreme cold when stopping (depending on local humidity levels), so I'd rather go cheap and rig up something to block...
  8. I got in close to 35 miles this weekend...most of...

    I got in close to 35 miles this weekend...most of it for fun. It's good to have winter weather back!

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  9. When I (or my family members) use a private...

    When I (or my family members) use a private automobile:
    1. Trips to see family: rental car. My husband and I have family in three different states, and driving is the most economical option. Plus,...
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    We have seasons where I live. At least four of...

    We have seasons where I live. At least four of 'em - possibly more. Right now, it's Winter.

    We got a little snowstorm on Monday, which left about 8". The plows had things cleared up as best they...
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    I put studs on the MTB two weeks ago, as ice was...

    I put studs on the MTB two weeks ago, as ice was predicted. It wasn't icy. My poor bike is still in the basement, about as active as our hibernating basement bat, while the crusty fall bike gets all...
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    I use a two-wheeled trailer, hooked up to a...

    I use a two-wheeled trailer, hooked up to a mountain bike with studded tires, for hauling groceries and other large items all winter. I considered studded tires, but after finding that the slicks it...
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    Home: Walkscore = 70 Work: Walkscore = 54 Other...

    Home: Walkscore = 70
    Work: Walkscore = 54
    Other scores not available because I'm in the middle of nowhere.

    I took a look at the methodology, and it suggested that the most points were awarded...
  14. I'm considering trying something along these...

    I'm considering trying something along these lines this winter, if it ever gets cold here again: The Awesome Ventilator Thread from 2012
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    Good commute today: high 20s on the way in, high...

    Good commute today: high 20s on the way in, high 30s on the way home, and a nice clear sky. I stopped on the way back to pick up a sympathy card and get some junk food for my junk food junkies at...
  16. I upgraded my helmet this season - replaced my...

    I upgraded my helmet this season - replaced my previous winter helmet, a skate helmet "borrowed" from a child who no longer skates, with a snowboard helmet. It is soft and cushy and amazing.

    I...
  17. Actually...I've worn skinny pants with long...

    Actually...I've worn skinny pants with long underwear for a good number of years. Usually there's enough stretch for one base layer, and those pants that fit just a little big and funky work well...
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    I wish we had Uber - or something similar - in my...

    I wish we had Uber - or something similar - in my region. I suspect that it might be the sort of competition that the local cab companies need to improve their service to a reasonable level.

    We...
  19. +1 for the rubberized interior. My Timbuk2...

    +1 for the rubberized interior.

    My Timbuk2 messenger bag is almost kaput after 7 years of nearly daily use, but has kept laptops, phones, papers, and other sensitive equipment nice and dry...
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    To answer the original question: simple...

    To answer the original question: simple pragmatics.

    I've seriously considered getting an old pickup truck just to use for getting home improvement project supplies. At the moment I'm too lazy...
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    Yes. 1. It was my choice. 2. Yes: I've...

    Yes.



    1. It was my choice.
    2. Yes: I've been on the bus once in the past 1 1/2 years without a car. But...
    - Decent public transportation is helpful if you need to frequently travel long...
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    Wike has some cool stuff (though not particularly...

    Wike has some cool stuff (though not particularly inexpensive):
    Speedy Cart - Upright Bike Shopping Cart. Easy walking shopper for your bicycle with shopping bag hooks. | Wike Bicycle Trailers -...
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    I generally ride by myself. I like road biking...

    I generally ride by myself. I like road biking with non-standard equipment (fixed), which usually means I get up hills more quickly and down hills more slowly. I like to set my own pace, and not feel...
  24. Me! :p:p:p All the time, at least for commuting...

    Me! :p:p:p All the time, at least for commuting and cruising.

    I've never been much of a lady, and started wearing "bike shorts" (the kind used in volleyball, not cycling shorts) under my skirts...
  25. Cool story! My bike from age 14 is hopefully...

    Cool story!

    My bike from age 14 is hopefully living a good life in Denver. My downstairs neighbor who was living off SSDI (and loved biking) watched my cats for a week, and I convinced her to take...
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