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Posted By: MANNY EIn Chicago it's faster than the bus or "L" train and way cheaper than a car. I ride almost everyday of the year. I get on the bus sometimes in the winter when it's 20 below and windy as shit. I have multiple routes I can take to and from work. It's a nice little 6 mile commute. Never a dull moment in the AM rush. It wakes me up before I get to work. .....And it's a great way to stay in shape.
Posted By: typeDvorakThis was a costco run last winter. Haven't done anything quite documentation worthy recently though.
Posted By: veggieI'm going to attempt to use my car as little as possible, but I don't see myself going 100% car free anytime soon.
Posted By: cicadashelli follow this thread with mixed feelings. i'm glad to see so many success stories, but for me the bloom is coming off the rose a bit -- after eight years of riding to work year-round, along with as many errands as i can manage, i am losing some of my enthusiasm for it. part of it is the intensifying "verkehrkampf" in our city, especially on the south side within a few miles of the office, where cars and trucks are more plentiful than ever, and seemingly angrier by the day. interesting puzzles like "how can i keep my feet warm" and "where can i fit items a, b and c" have been replaced with "am i going to be run over today". for all our fair city has done to promote bicycling within the city limits in recent years, the south state street corridor is positively dismal. for the last month i have been taking an alternate route home, which adds about 2 miles (by way of a dirt road with an alpaca farm); it's better in spots, but there are still risks. bruised ribs from my last spill are just about okay after two months -- i'm no longer afraid of sneezing. but i am not riding as often as i used to. maybe i will pick things up again this winter. but it is a little ironic to see this uptick in everyday bicycling at the same time i have gotten worn down by the relentless imposition, via heedless motorists, of unnecessary risk.i won't even start on "car free".
Posted By: stevenwilliamsenAbout 4 years ago, I traded my Toyota Sienna to a tattoo artist with a young family. I hadn't driven it for about a year prior, and it was a beautiful family van that ran great. I decided to ditch the autos and go full-on bike. Is it hard sometimes? Yep. As someone said previously, sometimes I'm a baby about it. Sometimes I get cranky if I have to ride a vintage Cinelli home in the rain, or get caught somewhere stupid like Walmart. I live in SW Florida, and the rain and thunder storms here can be extreme. I don't mind so much riding in it as I do people can't see me AT ALL. My ride to work is 14 miles one way, which is not a big deal, but it has stopped me from seeking a promotion because they can randomly reassign managers to any store in a 90 mile radius. I really don't want a 4 hour commute just to open a pharmacy at 7am, if you know what I mean. My fiancée has a car, which she needs for her job with the city at a science center and museum. Sometimes, she surprises me at work when it's crappy weather with a ride home (which is appreciated!) Switching to bike only was hard at first, but I got better and faster as time went on. I went from being vegetarian to full vegan about the same time I ditched my car. I sometimes envy the spontaneity that comes with car ownership (such as spur of the moment road trips) but I also appreciate the ability to be completely self-contained and self-sufficient on my bike. The bike has forced me to slow down and to explore my home town, which has led to a lot of discoveries most people who live here never get to find.
Posted By: williamblakeetcI'd say so far typeDvorak has the most win with his costco run, which makes me want to see more photos of the like
Posted By: typeDvorak^How come you have the labels covered up? I saw the same thing when I went to Chicago on a lot of bikes on a lot of budget ranges. Is it anti-theft? I had never seen it while I was living in Los Angeles. Nobody here in KC, where I am now, does this. Splain?