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Contemplating giving up my car (hear me out)

Old 10-24-16, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by tsl View Post
I'm 59 and got rid of my car 17 years ago. Adventure wasn't on my mind then, but yeah, I have adventures daily now. Yes, I can afford a car, especially now with the new job. In fact the first question people ask me is "Are you gonna buy a car now?"

The answer remains "No".
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First, I like having the extra money. Second is the too easy and lazy that you mention.
Same here; it is funny, a week ago I had to do a presentation for some district people and in one of the slides my bike was in the picture. One of the district people piped up with "hey, I've been meaning to ask you. What's the deal with riding the bike everywhere?"

My answer was "I'm a school teacher, I can't afford a car."

When she stopped laughing, the superintendent said "well played."

Of course, I have used this reason here too:
You forgot the disabled. . . my disability is laziness. I am just too lazy to bother with shopping for a car, the DMV & inspection hassles . . . it just goes on. I find it easier (a more suitable accommodation) to ride my bicycle.

Of course it saves a lot of money too . . . dual disabled, Both lazy and cheap.

Originally Posted by College3.0 View Post
I have a question if you don't mind. How does an e-assist bike work? Does it make the bicycle actually go faster? Or does it only help with stamina over long distances.
Really both. I converted my commuter/utility bike by putting a cheap hub kit on it. For me it is the wind in the town where I work. Riding to work in 20+mph headwinds was just un-fun. Under ideal conditions I am no faster, it is the less than ideal conditions, or doing things like pulling my trailer, that the motor is noticeable.

I really was about the throw in the towel and get a car; however, the ebike has allowed me to remain carfree.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
What does that mean? Is that a thing?
Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
maybe a British thing, car sharing service or something?
OP do you have Zipcar in your city?
Car Sharing: An Alternative to Car Rental with Zipcar

You pay an annual fee and can check out a car. I'll join when I get rid of my car / live closer to a spot!
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