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    To me, one of the biggest benefits of being car...

    To me, one of the biggest benefits of being car free is that it completely neutralizes any attempt to set me up with anyone. In the US not having a car is a get out of dates free card. So is losing...
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    I've been riding year round, car-free in...

    I've been riding year round, car-free in Anchorage for four winters now. Disks have been working fine, and as long as I keep them in tune they stop my enormous magnitude very effectively. I have...
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    Anchorage fricking Alaska. That's what I have to...

    Anchorage fricking Alaska. That's what I have to deal with. Not just the 6 or more months of ice and snow, but the horrible drivers and the homicidal snowplows. Just this morning I had to veer off...
  4. There are quite a few restrictions and caveats on...

    There are quite a few restrictions and caveats on that provision. It is not a license to kill bike thieves.



    Besides, killing a human being who's running off with your bike is a bad idea...
  5. Oh, I could do some very serious damage, and...

    Oh, I could do some very serious damage, and that's without the Speed Six I invariably carry on me. If a thief is stupid enough to try to fight me, he'd better know some gymkata because all I have...
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    Farmers markets are excellent. The BOB trailer...

    Farmers markets are excellent. The BOB trailer with a rubbermade tote will carry this much:

    ...
  7. Every condo association, and every neighborhood...

    Every condo association, and every neighborhood association, has someone like that woman on it. Usually more than one. This is why I will never, ever, ever, ever have anything to do with such...
  8. That's fine for travel inside a very built-up...

    That's fine for travel inside a very built-up area. Even with optimized urban planning, you still have most of the country with bigger distances than can be easily walked. It also makes carrying...
  9. Sometimes the folks in the car-free movement...

    Sometimes the folks in the car-free movement sound a lot like Khmer Rouge yammering about the Year Zero.

    Why would you want to get rid of bikes? They're zero emissions, incredibly efficient, and...
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    I've been car free in Anchorage for quite a few...

    I've been car free in Anchorage for quite a few years now. Check out the winter biking forum here. The impossible *IS* possible.
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    I think I've destroyed the notion that being car...

    I think I've destroyed the notion that being car free means you have to limit what you can cook due to transportation restrictions. In fact I was making so much home made food I bought an old chest...
  12. I've had to resort to cabs to get to business...

    I've had to resort to cabs to get to business related functions, and when the weather is truly impassable in the winter. But those are actually pretty rare. This past year I've been walking at...
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    It's nice to see more bikes, but it's not going...

    It's nice to see more bikes, but it's not going to carry that much for all the doubtless vast sticker price. I suppose the real market would be rich people in places with lots of bike theft.
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    Just turned 40 a few weeks back. I was car free...

    Just turned 40 a few weeks back. I was car free in my teens and early 20's and had to be all but forced to learn how to drive and get a car. I never really liked it very much. My body shape is...
  15. As to mirrors, I've been using a helmet-mounted...

    As to mirrors, I've been using a helmet-mounted tool mirror for years now and it's been absolutely fantastic. Unlike the typical cheapo bike mirrors, this one has very nice glass and a crystal clear...
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    Bear Attacks Commuter

    See, this is what makes cycling in Alaska a little different:



    http://www.adn.com/2010/06/15/1324609/bear-attacks-cyclist-on-anchorage.html#ixzz0qxc909VG

    I think I dated her once. ...
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    I don't get too worried about coffee, tea, spices...

    I don't get too worried about coffee, tea, spices and such. Some things can only be grown in a very restricted climate. It's always been that way.

    The local farmers markets are a great...
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    In the "new normal," as its been dubbed, fewer...

    In the "new normal," as its been dubbed, fewer and fewer people will be able to afford a car. And we all know the combination of the collapse of the high risk mortgage market and the astronomical...
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    Speaking of homemade bread, I've been getting...

    Speaking of homemade bread, I've been getting great results with 1/3 rye and 2/3 wheat. But in both cases, the bulk flour came in fifty pound bags that no pannier could carry. The BOB had no...
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    I'm single but the BOB has been invaluable. I...

    I'm single but the BOB has been invaluable. I load mass quantities to make freezer food and save LOTS of money. The BOB will haul 75 lbs from Costco or the farmer's market. That's a lot of...
  21. Brooks is the way to go for saddles. The soft...

    Brooks is the way to go for saddles. The soft "gel" type are deceptive.

    For my bike, "Fram," I started with a Kona Hoss frame. I've had the rear wheel rebuilt with improved hubs, rims and...
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    They don't even get a funk till several days of...

    They don't even get a funk till several days of use. Maybe it's my body chemistry.
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    Synthetics are much better at avoiding the odor. ...

    Synthetics are much better at avoiding the odor. I can use the same bibs three or four days before the need a laundry.
  24. For the record, I don't think anyone has been...

    For the record, I don't think anyone has been yelling at me because of my ass. Though it is a object of bifurcated splenditude.
  25. A cyclist can certainly kill a pedestrian,...

    A cyclist can certainly kill a pedestrian, another cyclist or even someone in a car. But so what? The issue of pushy, out of control cyclists seems to be something they're running into back east...
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