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  1. I learned that below 0F riding isn't scary,...

    I learned that below 0F riding isn't scary, overdressing and getting sweaty is scary, and a little bit of creativity can go a long way toward arriving with all parts intact. I also learned that I...
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    Walked to the LBS to pick up my summer bike, now...

    Walked to the LBS to pick up my summer bike, now with a shiny new unstuck seat post. I have learned an important lesson about steel, aluminum, and rain.
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    I like my Timbuk 2 classic large messenger bag...

    I like my Timbuk 2 classic large messenger bag for commuting (and general riding, day tours, etc.) I suppose I have more of an "aggressive" riding posture, and it fits nice and flat on my back while...
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    I lived in MI, TX, CO, CA, AL, and WI, and found...

    I lived in MI, TX, CO, CA, AL, and WI, and found a car to be moderately useful in TX and very useful in AL. I did get to work and do errands without one for over a year in AL, but the combination of...
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    It's not over yet! I put in a special request for...

    It's not over yet! I put in a special request for more snow, and this morning there was...snow!

    It wasn't enough for shoveling or fun riding, but it was enough to keep the springtime cyclists off...
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    The bike group around here sponsors a Bike to...

    The bike group around here sponsors a Bike to Worship to go along with Bike to Work Week: Bike to Worship : Bike to Work Week
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    7 or 8 miles seems about right. On a daily basis,...

    7 or 8 miles seems about right. On a daily basis, I rarely go more than a few miles from my house, but the chain stores are 7-8 miles away. I find myself going there more now without a car than when...
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    It's true - my employer could probably be...

    It's true - my employer could probably be convinced to pick up cab fare. My department, unfortunately, has a limited budget - so by saving money, I'm helping to ensure that me and my colleagues are...
  9. I did this for half a decade - about a year and a...

    I did this for half a decade - about a year and a half with two adults and a kid, and the rest of the time just two adults (who apparently have ridiculously high metabolism - we eat as much as many...
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    Today's adventure: the airport. The airport is...

    Today's adventure: the airport. The airport is only about seven miles from both work and home (I left from work), and we were fortunate to be south of the snow and north of the rain. I found the...
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    Thanks for the ideas, guys! The light up trailer...

    Thanks for the ideas, guys! The light up trailer is awesome. Maybe a future project...

    I decided to start with this LED safety triangle, which should get the message across. I picked up a second...
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    +1 for using "gnarly" in a sentence. Welcome back...

    +1 for using "gnarly" in a sentence. Welcome back to the bike!
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    Trailer Visibility

    I just got my first cargo trailer! Crazy fun.

    Before I start hauling anything I really care about (like my pets) or doing trips after dark, I want to make sure that I'm super visible to traffic....
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    I took my first real ride with a cargo trailer...

    I took my first real ride with a cargo trailer today! First, I went to Menard's to pick up a storage tote and some bungees; then, I went to the grocery store and picked up a two week supply of dry...
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    This is exactly why I no longer own a car. My car...

    This is exactly why I no longer own a car. My car was a '95 with only 100K miles, and was pretty cheap to insure, license, and fuel. It was used last summer for a 1200 mile move, a 1000 mile road...
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    Up until last week, my household (two adults)...

    Up until last week, my household (two adults) owned one car...a 1995 Oldsmobile, which we had since 2006. We used it 3-6 times a month for big grocery trips, pet transportation, and going to the Home...
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    I was usually pretty good at sweet talkin' the...

    I was usually pretty good at sweet talkin' the car guys to get a better deal...

    You bring up a good point about using a car for evacuation. My first and only experience was Isaac, and it's a good...
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    This was a really big concern for me, as well - a...

    This was a really big concern for me, as well - a few people had some good ideas on this thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/living-car-free/929880-living-car-free-pets.html

    We have three cats and...
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    Economically: I no longer have to budget for...

    Economically: I no longer have to budget for random $500 repairs. (Other than the repairs, my car ownership as a light user cost about $50 a month for insurance, licensing, and fuel. The repairs were...
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    Yeah, I remember that trend. It was quite popular...

    Yeah, I remember that trend. It was quite popular at my urban, culturally diverse high school in the mid 90s.

    There's obviously pragmatic reasons to roll up your pant leg while riding a bike....
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    I used to do 7.5 miles one way in south Alabama...

    I used to do 7.5 miles one way in south Alabama on a fixed gear with a climb at the very end.

    I showered right before I left and brought a clean shirt and a towel. Once I got in, I'd wait a few...
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    Yep, I think you need a folder! Denver is way...

    Yep, I think you need a folder! Denver is way more fun if you have a bike.
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    A folding bike in the trunk is good. Another...

    A folding bike in the trunk is good. Another option that's only slightly more fussy is a stripped down single speed with the wheels removed. I really got into riding that style while riding to work...
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    Although I didn't find it on my exploratory trip,...

    Although I didn't find it on my exploratory trip, the La Crosse airport claims to have a bicycle rack, and they said that I could use it to lock up while I take my trip. Given the low-crime nature of...
  25. Personally, I'd just keep watch on the weather...

    Personally, I'd just keep watch on the weather forecast (and the hotel's cancellation policy), and if all looks okay, go for it! 53 miles on a bike is really not that far, especially if the terrain...
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