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Old 09-08-08, 07:22 PM
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Dear Lurkers--Come out and play with us! Or at least register & introduce yourself!

Dear lurkers,

This forum is starting to slow down a little because we haven't gotten enough new members in the last few weeks. I notice that usually there are far more guests than members reading the posts. Trouble is, guests can't post! Only members can post! And there's no way we can keep the conversation going unless we continually get new members who are willing to post to the forum.

So if you are a guest--AKA a lurker--you're really not pulling your weight on the forum. You're letting just a few of us do all the work. Definitely not cool.

I know that I have gotten a lot out of being a Bikeforums member for the last few years--information, companionship, laughs, even tears. I think I've also given a lot to other members, and that feels good too. Like many of you, I was also a lurker for a long time before I finally took the effort to register and type my first post. But now, even years later, I am so glad that I finally did make that effort.

I hope that a few of you will make that effort to register as a member of Bikeforums. If you do, I hope you'll also type a short message here to introduce yourself to the rest of us. It really is important that we get some "fresh meat" here. You can make a big difference in the quality of this forum, and I think you'll get a lot out of it also.

To the regulars--as new people register and post, let's be sure to show them what a friendly bunch we are. I know that we'll remember to draw them out, ask polite questions, and help them to feel at home. (It also will help to "bump" this thread for the next couple weeks so it will stay where new people can see it.)
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post

To the regulars--as new people register and post, let's be sure to show them what a friendly bunch we are. I know that we'll remember to draw them out, ask polite questions, and help them to feel at home.
As always, Roody sets the perfect tone!

Anyone who's shy--we won't bite, and we're really nice people .

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Not a lurker, but I'll be happy to post. Not car free, but I have actually started to use my MTB occaisionaly for a little utility cycling and to save gas. Here's a few observations:

- I'm amazed that there aren't enough bike racks around and so often you can't lock your bike up in front of wherever you are shopping

- As you get further from NYC, noone seems to be using a bike for utility or shopping reasons

- Cars seem to give a wider berth when passing me at night, perhaps because of my bright taillight

- Most cars don't use their turn signals

- We need bike parking like this!
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kinda a lurker to this forum but not to bike forums.

technically im carfree, ive got a motorcycle, but have spent the last couple months using my bike for most things...i usually only take the motorcycle out once or twice a week for anything with purpose (she's still fun to ride to nowhere).

Everyone here has defintally been an inspiration to me and ive got to admit that checking out bikeforums has been like crack which is sad because i spend all day everyday in a bikeshop already.

thanks for the inspiration, keep on keepin on
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Great idea, Roody! If you don't mind, I'd like to add one thing: People don't have to be living car free to post here.

Car free is just the topic we talk about, it's not a qualification to participate.
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Great idea, Roody! If you don't mind, I'd like to add one thing: People don't have to be living car free to post here.

Car free is just the topic we talk about, it's not a qualification to participate
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Very good point. In fact, I think that most of the "regulars" here are NOT carfree. We all seem to understand that there are a lot of good reasons that people are not carfree, but there are also a lot of cases where the only thing getting in the way is attitude or lack of knowledge.
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Everyone here has defintally been an inspiration to me and ive got to admit that checking out bikeforums has been like crack which is sad because i spend all day everyday in a bikeshop already.


I spend all day every day in a hospital, then I watch Scrubs or House on TV.
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Originally Posted by nubcake View Post

Everyone here has defintally been an inspiration to me and ive got to admit that checking out bikeforums has been like crack which is sad because i spend all day everyday in a bikeshop already.

thanks for the inspiration, keep on keepin on
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I spend all day every day in a hospital, then I watch Scrubs or House on TV.
You aren't the only ones! I spend most of my days in an industrial environment on heavy maintenance projects...then come in and watch Modern Marvels where they are doing things like we do every day. Another one I like is Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe.

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Everybody starts out as a lurker. Then, somebody like Roody makes us feel welcome.
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I spend all day every day in a hospital, then I watch Scrubs or House on TV.
scrubs...yet another thing i am sadly addicted to
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I post regularly in other sub-forums, but this is my first Car-Free post. I guess I've never come here because I've always been car free so it just feels normal to me.

I've never owned a car (though I'm not opposed to the possibility), and where I live it's actually easier to do without one.

Over the past year I've made myself public transit-free, and I couldn't be happier about it!
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I spend all day every day in a hospital, then I watch Scrubs or House on TV.

That made me laugh. My brother is a cop and when he gets home from work he watches cops on TV. I guess he can't get enough
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I seldom post, but often read this forum, so I suppose I am mostly a lurker here.

I am not car-free, and maybe can't truly claim to be car-light. But I am a fellow traveller. I use my car about 99% of the time for my 38 mile round-trip commute. But hardly at all other than that. I use my trailer for all shopping needs. And I have trained my little kids to think of a bike as the natural way to get around town for everything. When my boys are old enough to not need me as part of their school drop off/pickups I plan on riding into work as much as I can.

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I am not car-free, and maybe can't truly claim to be car-light. But I am a fellow traveller. I use my car about 99% of the time for my 38 mile round-trip commute. But hardly at all other than that.
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By contrast, I post here a lot. My family has a car, but I bike to work about 90% of the time. I also do shopping and errands on bike, but get dragged along mostly on family leisure trips in the car. Currently we are doing in the 6-7K miles per year, which is about half what we did 5 years ago. I plan to whittle this amount down to about 2K a year if I can persuade family members: " Why drive when there's a perfectly good bike in the garage?"
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Hey all, I'm mostly a lurker here. Now that I've got a Goodwill bike in mostly operable condition, I'm challenging myself to continually increase the number of days I can go without moving my car. So far my streak is 10. That's weak sauce so far I know, but mine is a bikeable town and I dislike driving anyway. Thanks for being a friendly forum. Now if the d--n LBS would just speed up through their service backlog and get to my bike...
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Hey all, I'm mostly a lurker here. Now that I've got a Goodwill bike in mostly operable condition, I'm challenging myself to continually increase the number of days I can go without moving my car. So far my streak is 10. That's weak sauce so far I know, but mine is a bikeable town and I dislike driving anyway. Thanks for being a friendly forum. Now if the d--n LBS would just speed up through their service backlog and get to my bike...
10 days is a good stretch w/o driving. Some folks kind of give up as the weather cools down, but if you keep tuned to here and the Commuting forum, you get a lot of suggestions as to how to keep going through cold weather. Oh... and I shouldn't forget the Winter Cycling forum... that's a great spot.
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Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
I post regularly in other sub-forums, but this is my first Car-Free post..

Over the past year I've made myself public transit-free, and I couldn't be happier about it!

This is my first post also to Car-Free. Apricissimus explained to me in a PM how you become a senior member by the number of posts you make; are there other levels? It took me just over about one month. E-mailing is an avocation with me, as is bicycling a lifestyle and I look forward to checking out BF to get in touch with other like-minded peeps.

For car-free, Apricissimus, I'll go you one better. I'm a reverse commuter and I get to bicycle 14 mile out from Downtown Boston peacefully in the morning past the inbound flow, and then return on a nearly empty train. The only thing that could be better is a limo at my beck and call to take me home. I just use the subway on weekends, and I consider it a boon. If I had to use public transit to get to work though, I'd probably want to be free of it too.
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I've been car-free since August (this is the 4th full week).

I admit to having easy access to a car (my GF's), but we try to avoid using it if at all possible.
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I often lurk here but mostly post in the Southern California and Commuting forums.
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I'm pretty guilty of only lurking, I don't think I've made more than a dozen posts the entire time I've been here.

I just graduated high school this year and since moving out on my own half way through my senior year I've been living car free. Right now I'm technically homeless and car free, living in a tent in my friends backyard. I don't start college until spring so I've been evaluating my options of which I see two. I've got about 1200 dollars to spend and a steady job, and I can either buy a car (hopefully some sort of working van or something with decent space in the back) and live out of that until spring, or get a small apartment and just be traditional car free college student. Although living in a car sounds a lot more fun, I'm leaning towards the apartment as I'm not very big on how cold it will get in December.
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I have to say I am surprised that with all the talk of global warming, high gas prices, people getting fat, etc leading more people to bike and talk about biking as a commuting source that there aren't more people on here.
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I have to say I am surprised that with all the talk of global warming, high gas prices, people getting fat, etc leading more people to bike and talk about biking as a commuting source that there aren't more people on here.
Around where I live bicycles are for losers, the people that are tired of high gas prices get "scooters" and mopeds... But some of us "losers" are smarter than the average bear. We live in houses that are fully paid for, and have solid working plans for the future.

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Consider this a group hug for all the lurkers and new members. I hope you all will continue to post.

May I suggest?-- a good way to get more involved is to start a thread on the forum. Just start with an anecdote or a question, and stay with it to answer questions and respond to comments. don't feel bad if your thread doesn't go far--it's hard to predict which topics will take off on a given day.

(The last time I had a thread for lurkers, I convinced one new guy to start a thread on simple living. It's now a sticky on the forum, and one of the most popular threads ever. And IIRC, it was only his second post!



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I post regularly in other sub-forums, but this is my first Car-Free post. I guess I've never come here because I've always been car free so it just feels normal to me.

I've never owned a car (though I'm not opposed to the possibility), and where I live it's actually easier to do without one.

Over the past year I've made myself public transit-free, and I couldn't be happier about it!
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I've been car-free since August (this is the 4th full week).

I admit to having easy access to a car (my GF's), but we try to avoid using it if at all possible.
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I'm pretty guilty of only lurking, I don't think I've made more than a dozen posts the entire time I've been here.

I just graduated high school this year and since moving out on my own half way through my senior year I've been living car free. Right now I'm technically homeless and car free, living in a tent in my friends backyard. I don't start college until spring so I've been evaluating my options of which I see two. I've got about 1200 dollars to spend and a steady job, and I can either buy a car (hopefully some sort of working van or something with decent space in the back) and live out of that until spring, or get a small apartment and just be traditional car free college student. Although living in a car sounds a lot more fun, I'm leaning towards the apartment as I'm not very big on how cold it will get in December.
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While I can certainly appreciate trying to drum up traffic, I take small issue with this statement:

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So if you are a guest--AKA a lurker--you're really not pulling your weight on the forum. You're letting just a few of us do all the work. Definitely not cool.
I have been on all types of online forums for well over 13 years now, so I've traversed the interw3bz aplenty. In my experience I feel that I now post only when I truly have something to contribute, and I weigh each response carefully. I'm not a "talk to hear the sound of my own voice" kind of guy. I also believe that when I am seeking specific information, 99.9% of the time I find two, three or more excellent threads come up when I perform a search. I don't particularly feel the need to start a new thread every time I want information. However, if I do or make or buy something that I believe could be useful information for the group, then I have no problem sharing.

Until next time, I will be observing, taking it all in, and if I feel I can move the ball on a particular topic, then I will hop in when I see fit.

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*edit - aaaaaand I've just posted to another thread. LOL

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I visit on occasion, and have never posted to the car-free forum b/c we weren't car-free, just car-lite. Effective next Saturday, my husband and I will be car-free in Chicago and I couldn't be happier. We'll be saving money and contributing far less to pollution, congestion, and all the other bad stuff. I know it won't be the easiest, but we currently only use the car about once a week for errands ... but we're both stepping up the racks/panniers situation, so we should be ready to go with our coordinating cross-checks.

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