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Old 12-03-17, 11:32 PM
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How To Live A Car Free Life

Here's a good video about a YouTuber named Ryan Van Duzer who is carfree. I've subscribed to his channel because he's a positive force in this life where there's so much negative. Ryan is carfree and probably not very rich but he's wealthy in life experience.

Living carfree in a cold state like Colorado doesn't stop him at all. He simply dresses appropriate and pulls a bike trailer. I discovered his channel this evening and can't wait to see all of his content for the past 10 years! One of the reasons I don't post much on bike forums is because there is so much good content on YouTube these days and it keeps getting better.

There's not much information in Ryan's video on how to be carfree but it doesn't matter. He's living life to the fullest and doing it without a car.


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Here's a good video about a YouTuber named Ryan Van Duzer who is carfree. I've subscribed to his channel because he's a positive force in this life where there's so much negative. Ryan is carfree and probably not very rich but he's wealthy in life experience.

Living carfree in a cold state like Colorado doesn't stop him at all. He simply dresses appropriate and pull a bike trailer. I discovered his channel this evening and can't wait to see all of his content for the past 10 years! One of the reasons I don't post much on bike forums is because there is so much good content on YouTube these days and it keeps getting better.

There's not much information in Ryan's video on how to be carfree but it doesn't matter. He's living life to the fullest and doing it without a car.

https://youtu.be/fo2m0sndcjQ
I like this guy, but then I like positive, energetic people. Many people always find something negative to ridicule and/or reject people who are positive and excited like this. They are defending their status quo, whatever that may be, and their autonomy. Until they learn to reason beyond their status quo assumptions and make the choice to act on that reason, they will just keep finding new ways to see negativity in progressive ideas like LCF, e.g. like at the beginning of the video when the guy had to defend himself against the idea that he was a 'car-hater.'
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Here's a good video about a YouTuber named Ryan Van Duzer who is carfree. I've subscribed to his channel because he's a positive force in this life where there's so much negative. Ryan is carfree and probably not very rich but he's wealthy in life experience.
I suspect he's actually doing quiet well for himself.
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Here's a good video about a YouTuber named Ryan Van Duzer who is carfree. I've subscribed to his channel because he's a positive force in this life where there's so much negative. Ryan is carfree and probably not very rich but he's wealthy in life experience.

Living carfree in a cold state like Colorado doesn't stop him at all. He simply dresses appropriate and pulls a bike trailer. I discovered his channel this evening and can't wait to see all of his content for the past 10 years! One of the reasons I don't post much on bike forums is because there is so much good content on YouTube these days and it keeps getting better.

There's not much information in Ryan's video on how to be carfree but it doesn't matter. He's living life to the fullest and doing it without a car.

https://youtu.be/fo2m0sndcjQ
WOW...!!! That video explains and IS/could be the/a reason this living car "free" could/can work for most people...

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I like this guy, but then I like positive, energetic people. Many people always find something negative to ridicule and/or reject people who are positive and excited like this. They are defending their status quo, whatever that may be, and their autonomy. Until they learn to reason beyond their status quo assumptions and make the choice to act on that reason, they will just keep finding new ways to see negativity in progressive ideas like LCF, e.g. like at the beginning of the video when the guy had to defend himself against the idea that he was a 'car-hater.'
I like the part where he states, bikes are freedom. He's not just about bikes but more of an adventure loving goofball. Watching his videos makes you want to get outside period. Since it's getting cold, I haven't been outside a lot but his videos motivated me to brave it this weekend!
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I suspect he's actually doing quiet well for himself.
Now that I've seen a number of his videos, he is doing quite well.
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I suspect he's actually doing quiet well for himself.

Should be. He works for the travel channel, NPR and the History Channel. He seems to be young and single. He also must fly a lot to visit some of the remote places he films and writes about. Though he has made several long distance trips by bike. Sill a producer, contributor and writer and single he might be doing better than most of us.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Van_Duzer
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Should be. He works for the travel channel, NPR and the History Channel. He seems to be young and single. He also must fly a lot to visit some of the remote places he films and writes about. Though he has made several long distance trips by bike. Sill a producer, contributor and writer and single he might be doing better than most of us.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Van_Duzer
Somethings not right about that Wiki article since it says twice that he was born on
January 21, 1979. Perhaps just a typo. Anyone know how old he really is?
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Somethings not right about that Wiki article since it says twice that he was born on
January 21, 1979. Perhaps just a typo. Anyone know how old he really is?
Somewhere I read that he was 38.
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And as for how well he's doing ...

https://networthpost.com/net-worth/r...zer-net-worth/
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Somewhere I read that he was 38.
The date of birth is also on his Youtube page. He is 38.
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WOW...!!! That video explains and IS/could be the/a reason this living car "free" could/can work for most people...
I guess this makes him the Bike Forums car free hero of the month! LOL. It's rare to find a man who's willing to go public with the fact they never owned a car.
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I guess this makes him the Bike Forums car free hero of the month! LOL. It's rare to find a man who's willing to go public with the fact they never owned a car.
I actually think there are more and more, of that kind of persons out there than one thinks... Especially people who think the status quo is right. and the only way it should be for everyone...
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I guess this makes him the Bike Forums car free hero of the month! LOL. It's rare to find a man who's willing to go public with the fact they never owned a car.
My millennial son has never owned a car; hell, he can barely drive, lol. I wouldn't insure him! He bikes everywhere or uses public transit. He has zero desire to use a car. He's not the only one of his friends who is like that - it's a different generation and they are not tethered to autos like previous gens.
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it's a different generation and they are not tethered to autos like previous gens.
Only among certain cohorts in large urban areas. I work at a large university and the number of parking garages is ever growing.
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Only among certain cohorts in large urban areas. I work at a large university and the number of parking garages is ever growing.
It shouldn't surprise anybody that people (whatever their ages) are becoming carfree only in areas where it is feasible to do so. Like areas with good transit, decent pedestrian and bike infrastructure, and relative lack of sprawl. If they quit building all those parking garages and put the money into sensible infrastructure, many more people--young and old--would make a free and reasonable choice to drive less or not at all.
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It shouldn't surprise anybody that people (whatever their ages) are becoming carfree only in areas where it is feasible to do so. Like areas with good transit, decent pedestrian and bike infrastructure, and relative lack of sprawl. If they quit building all those parking garages and put the money into sensible infrastructure, many more people--young and old--would make a free and reasonable choice to drive less or not at all.
Yeah... nothing takes the joy out of walking to a destination or riding to work than having to negotiate streets clearly designed ONLY for high-speed traffic. Unfortunately, there's just too much of it...

If there was more attention paid to alternate modes of transportation, you would see more young people making the decisions Ryan made at 16 years old (ie, do I need the expense of owning an automobile?)
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Should be. He works for the travel channel, NPR and the History Channel. He seems to be young and single. He also must fly a lot to visit some of the remote places he films and writes about. Though he has made several long distance trips by bike. Sill a producer, contributor and writer and single he might be doing better than most of us.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Van_Duzer
Interesting.

I had no idea he was famous! Good for him.

He's so famous, Trek gave him a new bike when the used one he purchased broke! I've watched enough of his videos to know he doesn't need a car at all. That man is living life to the fullest.
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My millennial son has never owned a car; hell, he can barely drive, lol. I wouldn't insure him! He bikes everywhere or uses public transit. He has zero desire to use a car. He's not the only one of his friends who is like that - it's a different generation and they are not tethered to autos like previous gens.
I think you might have a point. Ryan Van Duzer is rich enough to buy any car he wants but instead chooses to remain carfree! His videos show you can have a rich life without ever owning a vehicle.

Your son is a good example of the future for millennials. I was listening to news on radio and was informed Generation Z turned 21 and are starting to look for work. Lets hope this trend continues.

The longer you stay car free, the easier it gets. I never wake up thinking for even a second that I'll need to drive anywhere.
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I think you might have a point. Ryan Van Duzer is rich enough to buy any car he wants but instead chooses to remain carfree!
Amazing!

Of course, that choice is making a good income for him ......

I wonder what could possibly be motivating him to remain carfree ...

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Amazing!

Of course, that choice is making a good income for him ......

I wonder what could possibly be motivating him to remain carfree ...
Are you saying there's something wrong with being car-light or car-free for economic gain? Weird.
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And thirdly, if it saves me a bit of money ... wonderful! More money for travels around the world.
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Are you saying there's something wrong with being car-light or car-free for economic gain? Weird.
What's weird is you reading things into everything people say.


Did I actually say that? Let me see. Oh look. No ... no I didn't.


Please stop making wild and inaccurate assumptions ... m'kay?
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I think you might have a point. Ryan Van Duzer is rich enough to buy any car he wants but instead chooses to remain carfree! His videos show you can have a rich life without ever owning a vehicle.
More importantly, you can live a rich life without a lot of income by living car-free. A penny saved is a penny earned, literally.
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What's weird is you reading things into everything people say.


Did I actually say that? Let me see. Oh look. No ... no I didn't.


Please stop making wild and inaccurate assumptions ... m'kay?
B-b-but if he didn't "read" intelligent or rational thought into some of the nonsensical postings on this list, who else would serve that function?
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