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08-28-15, 11:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,992
Posted By bragi

I've actually been pretty consistent over the...

I've actually been pretty consistent over the years with what I use: panniers, rain gear, and a basic repair kit are things that I still, after many years of almost daily riding, almost always ride...
08-28-15, 11:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,026
Posted By bragi

I have a touring bike with a triple in front, and...

I have a touring bike with a triple in front, and I almost never use the big cog; the bike and what I'm hauling are kind of heavy, and the entire city that I live in consists almost entirely of...
06-30-15, 12:07 AM
Replies: 296
Views: 10,057
Posted By bragi

OK, in outlying areas it's normal to not even...

OK, in outlying areas it's normal to not even consider other options, because there won't ever be any, but for most people in the Puget Sound region it's a solely cultural thing: people always use...
06-29-15, 02:32 PM
Replies: 296
Views: 10,057
Posted By bragi

Depressing, but not surprising

Apparently, a recent survey has revealed that, for almost half of the single-occupant drivers in the Puget Sound region, absolutely nothing is going to convince them to try an alternative form of...
05-10-15, 10:47 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,698
Posted By bragi

It depends on what you decide to do in the...

It depends on what you decide to do in the future. If you never own a car again, it's obvious that it's better to just tell your agent goodbye. However, if things change and you decide to drive a car...
05-03-15, 09:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,633
Posted By bragi

I agree with you that it would be way better for...

I agree with you that it would be way better for society, and the individuals who make up society, if we largely dispensed with privately owned cars. But we all know that this is never, ever going to...
04-02-15, 10:58 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 6,447
Posted By bragi

I don't think any city will be car-free in this...

I don't think any city will be car-free in this country, ever, but I think if any cities could pull if off, it would be these:
1. Boulder, CO
2. San Francisco
3. Seattle, WA
4. Portland, OR...
03-15-15, 09:40 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,945
Posted By bragi

I've been intermittently car-free for 11 years....

I've been intermittently car-free for 11 years. I've owned cars for 6-9 months at a stretch in this time, but I always end up going without a car again, because it feels more normal to me now. This...
Forum: Commuting
03-15-15, 09:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,495
Posted By bragi

I agree that staying in the through lane is the...

I agree that staying in the through lane is the better option in this instance. My basic rule of thumb when riding among drivers who may not be familiar with bicycles is to pretend I'm driving a...
03-15-15, 12:30 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 10,454
Posted By bragi

I'm getting older (53) and haven't owned a car in...

I'm getting older (53) and haven't owned a car in years, even though I am far from destitute. I don't have a car partly because I think it's economically idiotic to own one in an urban environment....
03-07-15, 11:12 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,695
Posted By bragi

You're right: statistics are not, in and of...

You're right: statistics are not, in and of themselves, a form of reason. But that's not what Machka, or anyone else, is suggesting. Rather, she and others are suggesting that maybe it's a good idea...
03-06-15, 11:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,695
Posted By bragi

Jeez, Machka, quit trying to inject something...

Jeez, Machka, quit trying to inject something that resembles reason into the discussion....
03-06-15, 11:44 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,067
Posted By bragi

[QUOTE=B. Carfree;17595124]As the ORCA Lift...

[QUOTE=B. Carfree;17595124]As the ORCA Lift program gets going, a program that allows Seattle-area households with incomes below 200% poverty to ride public transit for half-cost, do you think this...
02-28-15, 09:47 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,067
Posted By bragi

It's probably true that many people who drive...

It's probably true that many people who drive everywhere they go often hate the idea of public transit, sometimes fear the people who use it, and feel they're being unfairly burdened with its...
02-28-15, 01:29 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,695
Posted By bragi

I don't believe that mixed-use developments have...

I don't believe that mixed-use developments have any effect on driving habits- until critical mass is reached. My city, Seattle, has been aggressively pursuing a dense, mixed-use plan for the last 20...
02-28-15, 12:45 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,480
Posted By bragi

One needs to take the responses of tweens with a...

One needs to take the responses of tweens with a grain of salt; a lot depends on what mood they're in. It's a very parochial, self-involved age. And it's not like most of them like the idea of...
02-28-15, 12:23 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,067
Posted By bragi

In large cities, I do not think "busophobia"...

In large cities, I do not think "busophobia" exists. I take buses, which is pretty much all the transit we have right now, on a semi-regular basis, and they are invariably full, and on many routes...
02-27-15, 11:38 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,480
Posted By bragi

I had a slow period in class today, and I...

I had a slow period in class today, and I informally polled some of my 13-14 year old students about bicycles today. 1/3 of them have never ridden a bicycle. Several have used a bicycle to get to...
02-25-15, 12:54 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,621
Posted By bragi

How are you able to even survive?

How are you able to even survive?
02-24-15, 12:39 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,480
Posted By bragi

Has bicycling's "moment" passed?

My observations are not at all quantitative, but here they are:

I've noticed in the last several months that, while there are still quite a lot of bicyclists around town, their numbers have...
02-22-15, 11:13 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 11,585
Posted By bragi

I own exactly one bike. I do splurge a bit on...

I own exactly one bike. I do splurge a bit on this one bike, but I'm pretty strict about limiting myself to one. My riding tends to be be mostly utilitarian, I live in a small urban space, and I can...
02-22-15, 10:49 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,621
Posted By bragi

I think this may have more to do with the nature...

I think this may have more to do with the nature of the infrastructure itself than with how we're willing to fund it. My home state, Washington, has increased road spending by 143% in the last few...
02-15-15, 09:36 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,324
Posted By bragi

I actually didn't splurge on cars even when I had...

I actually didn't splurge on cars even when I had one, but here's what I saved when I got rid of my last car, which I hardly ever used:

1. Insurance: $80-100/month ($1000/yr)
2. Fuel:...
02-15-15, 09:05 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,621
Posted By bragi

I was riding around Seattle today (Feb. 15), and...

I was riding around Seattle today (Feb. 15), and noticed that trees are in bloom. In February. There's plenty of moisture, but even in the mountains it's been really warm this winter. It's been great...
02-09-15, 09:34 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,340
Posted By bragi

I thought this was pretty funny, and sent it to a...

I thought this was pretty funny, and sent it to a few of my more devoutly car-centric friends, the ones who equate bus-riding with dire poverty and/or granola. Upon viewing, they claimed they didn't...
02-05-15, 12:47 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,661
Posted By bragi

Car payments (i..e., paying off the loan on a...

Car payments (i..e., paying off the loan on a rapidly depreciating piece of machinery) is one of the most oppressive aspects of car "ownership." That, and insurance, makes owning a car way, way more...
02-05-15, 12:25 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,661
Posted By bragi

Even a free car isn't actually free. A few months...

Even a free car isn't actually free. A few months ago, an acquaintance of mine who owns an auto repair shop offered me a free Volvo. I turned it down without even having to think about it. After...
02-05-15, 12:15 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,661
Posted By bragi

Even a free car isn't actually free. A few months...

Even a free car isn't actually free. A few months ago, an acquaintance of mine who owns an auto repair shop offered me a free Volvo. I turned it down without even having to think about it. After...
02-02-15, 01:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,503
Posted By bragi

I thought it was funny because even this guy, a...

I thought it was funny because even this guy, a bike maintenance guru, had a bit of a hard time changing the tire...
Forum: Commuting
02-02-15, 01:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,024
Posted By bragi

Once again, Ortlieb. I've had the same panniers...

Once again, Ortlieb. I've had the same panniers since 2006. They look like hell now, but that's because I've used/abused them in all weather every single day for nine years. They're still going...
02-02-15, 12:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,503
Posted By bragi

I'll check them out: thank you for mentioning...

I'll check them out: thank you for mentioning them... :)
02-02-15, 12:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,503
Posted By bragi

Why does one need to top off TR tires every few...

Why does one need to top off TR tires every few days? Are they unusually porous?
02-02-15, 12:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,503
Posted By bragi

This is pretty funny; it seems worthy of gentle...

This is pretty funny; it seems worthy of gentle mockery, but I've been there, and can totally sympathize...
01-31-15, 10:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,503
Posted By bragi

This combination may not be such a bad idea. I am...

This combination may not be such a bad idea. I am kind of hesitant about the Marathon Plus, though; the last time I owned a pair they were a real pain to get on and off the rims. With most tires, I...
01-30-15, 10:43 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,461
Posted By bragi

Just ask people out and stop it with the...

Just ask people out and stop it with the self-doubt. The people who will judge you based on external symbols of wealth, like what kind of car you drive, are worse than worthless; spend your time with...
01-30-15, 10:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,503
Posted By bragi

I've not had any problems with the Contis until...

I've not had any problems with the Contis until all the extra glass turned up recently. I'm pretty sure even Marathons wouldn't help much in this situation, and I like the Contis overall, so I'll...
Forum: Commuting
01-30-15, 12:25 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,805
Posted By bragi

My experience is generally very positive. I've...

My experience is generally very positive. I've been riding to the same job for ten years, and put my bike in the storage room. Some people do question my judgement for riding a bike, but no one has...
Forum: Commuting
01-30-15, 12:11 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,256
Posted By bragi

I agree with this. I don't quite know why, but...

I agree with this. I don't quite know why, but school campuses are magnets for bike thieves. Actually, if you pick up a cheap old use mountain bike or hybrid, you can probably get by with a single...
01-29-15, 11:42 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,300
Posted By bragi

I'm pretty sure that's true of all of us.... :lol:

I'm pretty sure that's true of all of us.... :lol:
01-29-15, 11:30 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,300
Posted By bragi

Um, let's review the principles of living simply...

Um, let's review the principles of living simply thus far:

1. Don't consume more than you need to.
2. Spend less than you make.
3. Try to live in a way that makes a decent future possible for...
01-27-15, 12:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,503
Posted By bragi

What's the most indestructible bike tire?

Hi all:

I could post this in commuting, but this is where I usually post, and I'm a creature of habit:

On my daily ride into work, I've noticed that someone has been intermittently breaking...
01-27-15, 12:42 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,300
Posted By bragi

Thanks for posting these, Rowan. They remind of...

Thanks for posting these, Rowan. They remind of my own forays into extreme simplicity (though I've never managed to last more than several months at a time), and I agree with you that simplicity...
01-25-15, 10:17 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,300
Posted By bragi

What's the harvest trail?

What's the harvest trail?
01-25-15, 09:56 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,300
Posted By bragi

Thanks for sharing this. This guy is practical...

Thanks for sharing this. This guy is practical and kind of amusing, sort of like a financial Bike Snob NYC..
01-25-15, 01:13 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,300
Posted By bragi

You can live the lifestyle you so romantically...

You can live the lifestyle you so romantically describe right now: in the developed world, it's called homelessness. A hunter-gatherer lifestyle, on the other hand, doesn't sound bad at all, if you...
01-24-15, 03:59 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,300
Posted By bragi

There seems to be a double standard in some...

There seems to be a double standard in some places. If it's OK to buy a lot, tear down the old, smaller, house and build a gigantic new 7,000 sq. ft. house that dwarfs the neighbors' old houses and...
01-24-15, 03:51 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,300
Posted By bragi

Not my cup of tea; it's like living in Soviet...

Not my cup of tea; it's like living in Soviet Siberia circa 1962.

This is a blatant sales pitch, but I can sort of see myself living in one of these, if I could afford the land to put it on:
...
01-24-15, 01:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 967
Posted By bragi

Good for you... I think you'll find you made the...

Good for you... I think you'll find you made the right decision. Before I gave up my last car, which I used maybe once a month, I calculated that I was spending $45-$90 per hour just on insurance for...
01-24-15, 12:39 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,300
Posted By bragi

I agree with you that statistics are both...

I agree with you that statistics are both fascinating and very useful on a macro level. But predicting human behavior is a lot like quantum mechanics: you can predict probabilities with a very high...
01-22-15, 10:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,393
Posted By bragi

If you're car-free, what to do if you're sick?

I know this has come up a few times in the somewhat distant past, but I'd like to re-visit it, mostly because I've had the flu the last few days, I'm more or less car-free, and this always ends up...
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