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Old 08-28-18, 04:02 PM
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Then why do people buy sports cars, or SUVs they only drive on dry pavement or Cadillacs or Porsches?
Maybe because some of those vehicles are fun to drive, enjoyable and practical at the same time. It's really no different then somebody who has 10 different bicycles.
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Plus there's something kind of sad about an old guy in a vintage sports car.
How can you say that , what do you know about another persons state of mind and if they're happy or not ??...It's a hobby for many people and they just love and enjoy tinkering with old classic cars
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Old 08-28-18, 04:33 PM
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All those things involve emotional attachment. If you can't enjoy life without a car, you are emotionally attached to having a car. It's that simple.
Yes, many, I would even go so far and say maybe even most people have an emotional "attachment to their cars"... or At least to what they seem to think a "car can do for them", in "saving them time" even purely for "practical reasons", like not waiting for the bus for 15 minutes to get anywhere, like not getting wet walking/biking, like not sweating, like taking others with them... You know, Practical reasons like that. I explained my theory about saving time if you own a car, it is a false assumption overall for most...

EDIT; What "actually" ends up happening, is you shift time, you spent less time traveling, but you need to spend more time working to spend less time traveling, to most it seems a fair exchange...

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Yes, many, I would even go so far and say maybe even most people have an emotional "attachment to their cars"... or At least to what they seem to think a "car can do for them", in "saving them time" even purely for "practical reasons", like not waiting for the bus for 15 minutes to get anywhere, like not getting wet walking/biking, like not sweating, like taking others with them... You know, Practical reasons like that. I explained my theory about saving time if you own a car, it is a false assumption overall for most...
Those reasons may be practical at a certain level of population, but sprawl and congestion keep growing and making the automotive-consumer lifestyle more impractical the more people there are; and there are always more people. If there aren't, it leads you to wonder how the stresses of sprawl/congestion growth limits have to do with the birth and in-migration rate not exceeding the death and out-migration rate of an area.
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Maybe because some of those vehicles are fun to drive, enjoyable and practical at the same time. It's really no different then somebody who has 10 different bicycles.
But quite different for ascetics whose goal in life is to just get by with the bare minimum of everything or anything necessary for living at (but no better than) a subsistence level. Any lifestyle exceeding that level is considered by such "thinkers" to be both impractical and unnecessary and anyone else desiring such excess must allegedly be driven by emotions.
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I'll wave to you from one of these, but I'll be hiding my face to avoid looking silly.

You could maintain your halo by adding a bumper sticker to tell everyone that your other vehicle is a bicycle and that you really are a Car Light Good Guy!
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If you drove the Triumph the bumper sticker of "my other vehicle is a bicycle" would "fit right in" . If you drove the GTO it would look kind of strange. IMO You know, gas, tires & oil...
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Wonder if it's sad to see an old guy on a vintage bike.

People who clearly enjoy their vintage vehicles just make me smile.
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You could maintain your halo by adding a bumper sticker to tell everyone that your other vehicle is a bicycle and that you really are a Car Light Good Guy!
No, I think I can live with the contradiction for the few days I would hypothetically drive such a beast.
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No, I think I can live with the contradiction for the few days I would hypothetically drive such a beast.
Here's a bicycle version of the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard. Is that a contradiction you can live with?
[image]https://i.ytimg.com/vi/iL5P-T_VkIw/hqdefault.jpg[/image]

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