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09-10-13, 08:14 AM
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For those of you who are getting rid of things...

For those of you who are getting rid of things you no longer need or use, do you hold a yard sale, take them to a charity thrift store or just throw out with the trash?
09-07-13, 11:12 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,287
Posted By Newspaperguy

I know one person who will drive for all...

I know one person who will drive for all distances, even as short as half a block. I think she is no longer able to walk those distances.
09-06-13, 08:37 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,287
Posted By Newspaperguy

One of the grocery stores where I live is 0.8...

One of the grocery stores where I live is 0.8 kilometres from my home. The other is 1.6 kilometres away. Both distances are easy by bike or on foot. However, the shorter distance has appeal if I'm...
09-01-13, 05:18 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,287
Posted By Newspaperguy

Often, when one chooses a place to live, work...

Often, when one chooses a place to live, work opportunities become the driving factor. All other elements become secondary. The exception is when people move to retire. At that point, work...
09-01-13, 01:41 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,576
Posted By Newspaperguy

I haven't moved a piano or fish tank by bike, but...

I haven't moved a piano or fish tank by bike, but I have transported an old CRT iMac computer by bike. I put the computer in a hockey equipment duffel bag, put that on my back and pedalled away. I...
09-01-13, 01:35 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,287
Posted By Newspaperguy

For anyone considering going car-free in a...

For anyone considering going car-free in a smaller community, a good regional public transportation service is essential. A lot of small towns are easy for a pedestrian or cyclist to manage, but most...
05-01-13, 12:00 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,834
Posted By Newspaperguy

The comparison isn't fair. During the...

The comparison isn't fair.

During the Depression, economic hardship limited travel for many. None of us would ever wish to return to those days. Ask those who lived through the Depression and...
05-01-13, 10:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,609
Posted By Newspaperguy

The closest to my situation is the first option,...

The closest to my situation is the first option, but it's not fully accurate.

I'm car-light, not yet car-free although close. Also, I'm a widower with no children. For the first couple of years I...
04-24-13, 08:41 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,185
Posted By Newspaperguy

I've been looking at some IGH hybrids offered by...

I've been looking at some IGH hybrids offered by Mountain Equipment Co-op. A few of the bikes are under $800 and they seem to be good value for the money. The IGH system seems like something...
04-20-13, 11:49 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,571
Posted By Newspaperguy

The only change for me is that I don't like...

The only change for me is that I don't like driving nearly as much as I did in the past. As a result, I'll try to find other practical ways to get where I'm going.
04-14-13, 04:28 PM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 353,642
Posted By Newspaperguy

I have an automatic transfer schedule for my RRSP...

I have an automatic transfer schedule for my RRSP contributions and one other regularly scheduled transaction. This doesn't come off my cheque directly, but once the money is in my account, it is...
04-14-13, 09:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,203
Posted By Newspaperguy

That one's the electric bike model, which will...

That one's the electric bike model, which will set you back $1,599 plus shipping fees.
04-14-13, 09:54 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 353,642
Posted By Newspaperguy

Yesterday, I opened a tax-free savings account....

Yesterday, I opened a tax-free savings account. This is something which can be set up at any bank or financial institution in Canada. One can contribute up to $5,500 a year to this account and one...
04-14-13, 09:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,203
Posted By Newspaperguy

Your thoughts on this folding bike

Lately, I have seen the Ranger folding bike advertised a number of times and I would like to know what you think of it as a bike for urban or car-free living.
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04-11-13, 10:01 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 7,493
Posted By Newspaperguy

Heating a house in cold weather is as simple as...

Heating a house in cold weather is as simple as putting in a fireplace or a wood stove. It need not require any electricity or fossil fuels. All that is needed is a supply of wood or other...
04-11-13, 06:30 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 7,493
Posted By Newspaperguy

It makes a lot of sense to do so. It isn't too...

It makes a lot of sense to do so. It isn't too difficult to heat up a cold house or to put on extra layers of clothing to stay warm, but cooling down a building in a hot climate is more involved.
04-07-13, 12:48 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,108
Posted By Newspaperguy

Roody, it was not my intention to make...

Roody, it was not my intention to make assumptions about you or to give you advice you neither wanted nor needed. If that was what came across, I offer my humblest apology. My comments were simply in...
04-07-13, 08:40 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,108
Posted By Newspaperguy

Sadly, I've seen or heard too many stories about...

Sadly, I've seen or heard too many stories about bright, qualified people who blew their chances at a job by doing something dumb during the interview. And I've seen or heard more than a few stories...
04-06-13, 09:13 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,108
Posted By Newspaperguy

Consider a job interview as you would consider a...

Consider a job interview as you would consider a first date. If your date makes a bad impression then, chances are good you wouldn't even consider a second date. The same is true if your date is...
04-06-13, 12:42 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,108
Posted By Newspaperguy

The case which immediately comes to mind for me...

The case which immediately comes to mind for me wasn't a fictional story. I knew the people involved.
04-06-13, 12:10 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,108
Posted By Newspaperguy

If, during the course of an interview, I discover...

If, during the course of an interview, I discover the potential boss is not someone I want to work under, or if I get a sense that the company would be a bad fit for me, I'll still be as polite as...
04-05-13, 03:43 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,108
Posted By Newspaperguy

That potential boss may have other friends with...

That potential boss may have other friends with the power to hire you. They may get together later and if you have made an impression, whether good or bad, it could be discussed.
04-05-13, 08:50 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,108
Posted By Newspaperguy

I would stay far away from this answer. The job...

I would stay far away from this answer. The job interview is a place for an applicant to show his or her suitability for the job. It is not a place for a debate or discourse on transportation...
04-05-13, 08:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 531
Posted By Newspaperguy

Bike To Work Week

Bike To Work Week is May 27 to June 2 and in my community, we are looking at holding some related events or promotions. I'd like some suggestions about what should be included for this week.

I'm...
04-04-13, 10:06 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,108
Posted By Newspaperguy

If the employer has two or more locations, in...

If the employer has two or more locations, in different communities or in different parts of a large city, the car question makes sense. He or she may need an employee to fill in at another work...
04-03-13, 02:31 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,108
Posted By Newspaperguy

If one makes the choice to be completely...

If one makes the choice to be completely car-free, some doors will be closed. Some career choices will be impossible. This needs to be considered and it is part of the reason a decision to become...
04-03-13, 09:12 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 3,949
Posted By Newspaperguy

I remember the streetcars from my time in...

I remember the streetcars from my time in Toronto. I had a mountain bike with wide tires so the streetcar tracks were not an issue, but I thought they could cause problems for cyclists on road bikes...
04-01-13, 09:38 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,959
Posted By Newspaperguy

The moment I justify car-free or car-light living...

The moment I justify car-free or car-light living by saying it's cheaper than driving is the moment I need to rethink what I'm doing.

Yes, there are all sorts of benefits from a car-free or...
03-31-13, 03:47 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 3,949
Posted By Newspaperguy

It's a matter of tradeoffs. Rail is cost...

It's a matter of tradeoffs.

Rail is cost efficient and capable of hauling a lot of weight. Winter snow delays, particularly in the mountains, made it a difficult system at times. The Kettle...
03-24-13, 10:48 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 7,493
Posted By Newspaperguy

The grid is pretty much set, but what is done...

The grid is pretty much set, but what is done within that grid is constantly evolving. A local government can set the maximum heights of buildings, which in turn determines whether growth is upward...
03-23-13, 12:52 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 7,493
Posted By Newspaperguy

We already have transportation technologies which...

We already have transportation technologies which could replace cars. Walking, cycling and transit are three which come to mind. Some communities are looking at ways to allow golf carts or similar...
03-22-13, 10:44 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 6,120
Posted By Newspaperguy

I've noticed this transition in recent years and...

I've noticed this transition in recent years and it is an improvement. The story of the reporter who is expected to use the bike exclusively for all travel simply points out the limitations of that...
Forum: Touring
03-21-13, 10:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,630
Posted By Newspaperguy

A few years ago, I used a front and rear rack on...

A few years ago, I used a front and rear rack on my bike. I would have the tent and a few othe items in front and the rest on the rear rack. Today, I do not use such a setup. Instead, I have...
03-17-13, 12:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,547
Posted By Newspaperguy

A couple of days ago, I had a flat on my rear...

A couple of days ago, I had a flat on my rear tire. When I tried to pump it up, the valve stem broke. I ended up leaving my bike at my office, walking home to get a spare tube and then walking back...
03-17-13, 12:41 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 6,120
Posted By Newspaperguy

I agree, gerv. However, one is more likely to...

I agree, gerv. However, one is more likely to stick with a behaviour if it is also enjoyable and not just the right thing to do.
03-17-13, 10:46 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 6,120
Posted By Newspaperguy

A few thoughts after reading the article: 1....

A few thoughts after reading the article:

1. I've been to his area and it has a great cycling culture. When I was cycling there, motorists were good to me and I had no accidents or close calls. If...
03-14-13, 02:35 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,885
Posted By Newspaperguy

I know of nobody who has changed a political...

I know of nobody who has changed a political affiliation, religious belief or world view because their position was ridiculed. If anything, such treatment results in even more of a hardline stance...
03-14-13, 11:02 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,885
Posted By Newspaperguy

Bashing cars or car culture, even on a forum such...

Bashing cars or car culture, even on a forum such as this one, will not bring others into the car-free or car-light fold. If anything, it will create more animosity between them and us. If this forum...
03-11-13, 07:01 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,885
Posted By Newspaperguy

I have a pedometer built into my iPod Nano....

I have a pedometer built into my iPod Nano. Getting 10,000 steps a day isn't all that hard. I manage it almost every day. A couple of days ago, I was close to 26,000 steps. I was out in the evening...
03-11-13, 06:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,547
Posted By Newspaperguy

Get a handlebar bag or a rack trunk and store...

Get a handlebar bag or a rack trunk and store your supplies in that. Look for a bag which detaches from the bike quickly and easily. If you also have a strap which hooks to the bag, you can carry it...
03-10-13, 07:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 999
Posted By Newspaperguy

The visors work well for bikes with an upright...

The visors work well for bikes with an upright riding position such as mountain bikes, many hybrids and many city bikes. On a bike with road bike handlebars, the riding position is such that a visor...
03-05-13, 07:46 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,961
Posted By Newspaperguy

If I walk, it takes me 12 to 14 minutes. If I'm...

If I walk, it takes me 12 to 14 minutes. If I'm on my bike, it's four to five minutes.
03-05-13, 07:45 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,264
Posted By Newspaperguy

I don't live a "survival existence" but I have...

I don't live a "survival existence" but I have been simplifying my lifestyle in recent years. This is a matter of personal preference for me, not something I must do in order to make ends meet....
03-05-13, 07:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,526
Posted By Newspaperguy

If I'm going to be away from my bike for a period...

If I'm going to be away from my bike for a period of time, I'll try to have the bike inside with me or in a garage where it's safe. Or, if that doesn't work, I'll simply admit there are times when I...
03-03-13, 11:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,526
Posted By Newspaperguy

I've heard some suggest riding a bike which looks...

I've heard some suggest riding a bike which looks ugly, since thieves will not want to steal it. I disagree with this for two reasons. First, I'd rather ride a bike I like and I don't like going with...
03-03-13, 03:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,526
Posted By Newspaperguy

Locks and security

What measures do you take to keep your bike secure?

In the past, I have used a cable and padlock on a cheap bike or a Kryptonite D-ring lock on my good bike. I also will leave my good bike parked...
02-27-13, 12:39 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,886
Posted By Newspaperguy

I have been using derailleur systems for decades...

I have been using derailleur systems for decades and they have seldom given me trouble. Mine need minor adjustments or cable tightening once or twice a year. The only exceptions have been if I have...
02-26-13, 05:10 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 8,792
Posted By Newspaperguy

I've had people do that for me in the United...

I've had people do that for me in the United States. In all the trips I've done, in multiple countries and many regions, I have encountered very few truly rude people. Most are willing to help out if...
02-26-13, 09:47 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 8,792
Posted By Newspaperguy

When I travel by bike, people have been...

When I travel by bike, people have been incredibly friendly to me and they have helped me whenever I have needed directions or road advice.

On my last trip, I used Google Maps to plan the route...
02-25-13, 09:59 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 353,642
Posted By Newspaperguy

As I continue to read the thoughts and...

As I continue to read the thoughts and suggestions about simple living, I wonder if the money saved is being set aside for a different purpose. Do you have luxuries or small indulgences in your life?...
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