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05-31-15, 04:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,065
Posted By Platy

Updated link: 1900 Predictions...

Updated link:

1900 Predictions (http://yorktownhistory.org/wp-content/archives/homepages/1900_predictions.htm)
07-25-11, 09:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 713
Posted By Platy

BlueFox, I've got a question and it looks like...

BlueFox, I've got a question and it looks like you're just the guy who could answer it. What is the break-even point between owning a private car (always available, low incremental cost per...
07-25-11, 07:53 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 4,781
Posted By Platy

I went to the Youtube link and watched the...

I went to the Youtube link and watched the authors' talk, which was about an hour long. I thought it was a very interesting discussion that ranged from the anecdotal to the theoretical. My...
07-25-11, 07:13 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

We disagree about the method, but I think all of...

We disagree about the method, but I think all of us here prefer the healthy, happy and simple life. :)
07-25-11, 12:38 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

You're right about that. In present day North...

You're right about that. In present day North America rural living entails a considerable degree of car dependency.

From about 1850-1940s there was an extensive railroad network that penetrated...
07-24-11, 09:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 786
Posted By Platy

An extra inner tube, a patch kit, a small air...

An extra inner tube, a patch kit, a small air pump.
07-24-11, 05:47 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,142
Posted By Platy

Okay then, sincere answer, bearing in mind that...

Okay then, sincere answer, bearing in mind that I'm speaking only for myself and other posters may have different opinions. If you are looking for an official answer you'll have to get it from a...
07-24-11, 12:01 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,142
Posted By Platy

Back in the real world, relationships with other...

Back in the real world, relationships with other people always require accommodation and compromise. If your partner is utterly unwilling to walk, bike, or use public transit then you cannot go...
07-23-11, 06:56 AM
Replies: 770
Views: 228,326
Posted By Platy

Hi newsun, good to have you here! ...

Hi newsun, good to have you here!



Welcome to the living car free forum, lilybay. What kind of bike do you prefer?
07-22-11, 05:27 PM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

Sure. Choices have consequences. But a more...

Sure. Choices have consequences. But a more common situation would be the people who come here and post "I desperately want to be car free but cycling isn't a powerful enough form of transportation...
07-22-11, 01:52 PM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

One thing I think I've learned from this thread...

One thing I think I've learned from this thread is that car free living and simple/frugal living are mutually enabling lifestyle choices. It's easier to be car free if one has a simple/frugal way of...
07-22-11, 01:08 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,331
Posted By Platy

About half the time I pick pistachio almond, the...

About half the time I pick pistachio almond, the rest of the time I pick the most offbeat flavor available (champagne ice, li hing mui, etc).
07-21-11, 11:33 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,331
Posted By Platy

I see almost unbelievable forecasts for high...

I see almost unbelievable forecasts for high temps in parts of the U.S. that aren't used to that kind of heat. I assume that since all of us here are cyclists we have a fair idea of how to recognize...
07-19-11, 06:10 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 12,043
Posted By Platy

My sympathies. In the south we're more set up to...

My sympathies. In the south we're more set up to deal with that kind of heat. (A light dusting of snow, on the other hand, can easily close a southern city down in the winter. I remember one year...
07-19-11, 06:00 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 12,043
Posted By Platy

The high of the day in the summer here in central...

The high of the day in the summer here in central Texas is 4-6 PM. That happens especially if you're at the western edge of the local time zone. Daylight savings time also makes the high of the day...
07-19-11, 12:31 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,212
Posted By Platy

There's another reason why you might want to...

There's another reason why you might want to repair something instead of simply replacing it. In the course of making the repair, you may have an opportunity to reinforce a weak point or even to...
07-18-11, 01:01 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,142
Posted By Platy

Okay then, let's add Mineral Wells to the "Six...

Okay then, let's add Mineral Wells to the "Six Surprising Cities for a Carfree Vacation" thread. You're saying you can guarantee the surprise factor, right? :twitchy:
07-18-11, 08:08 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,142
Posted By Platy

In Austin, there are a few businesses that...

In Austin, there are a few businesses that feature some kind of positive statement about cycling as part of their image. Mellow Johnnys bike shop says it wants to be a "temple of two wheeled living"...
07-17-11, 06:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 625
Posted By Platy

Every bikeable shortcut I've ever found!

Every bikeable shortcut I've ever found!
07-14-11, 10:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 566
Posted By Platy

In 2003 I gave my car to my daughter, who was at...

In 2003 I gave my car to my daughter, who was at college and in need of one. I'd been playing at being car free for about a year, with the car mostly gathering dust in the parking lot. Real car...
07-12-11, 02:09 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 12,043
Posted By Platy

Yikes, I remember that. I was a daily bike...

Yikes, I remember that. I was a daily bike commuter. I was working on weather station software at the time and when it registered 117 I thought for sure it was a programming bug. When I got home I...
07-09-11, 06:17 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 2,735
Posted By Platy

Great idea!

Great idea!
07-01-11, 04:58 PM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

Very well said. We've argued a lot in this...

Very well said. We've argued a lot in this thread about whether various things are simple or not. But the bicycle, 25 pounds of metal and rubber that lets fat old men go as fast as olympic medium...
07-01-11, 03:36 PM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

The Internet offers equal opportunity insulting...

The Internet offers equal opportunity insulting for everyone!

Neil_B, if it makes any difference, weight wise I'm much closer to you than bluefoxicy. Us clydes can just keep riding and prove...
07-01-11, 03:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,581
Posted By Platy

For me, the main reason to live car free is to...

For me, the main reason to live car free is to gain insight about alternative living arrangements. Nothing can take away the insight and perspective you've acquired over the past six years of car...
07-01-11, 07:57 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

Antique American beds (circa 1920s) were often a...

Antique American beds (circa 1920s) were often a full 36 inches high. Step stools were used to get in and out.
07-01-11, 12:27 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

I'd like to comment on this because I have to...

I'd like to comment on this because I have to stand on tippytoes to climb into our bed. Mattresses have become very thick over the past 15 years. At the Bed Bath & Beyond online store, the majority...
06-23-11, 10:12 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

They had no alternative and it really wore people...

They had no alternative and it really wore people out. Modern fabrics and detergents, along with indoor plumbing and sanitation, makes hand laundry easy in comparison. I don't use a laundry plunger...
06-23-11, 10:00 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,720
Posted By Platy

Those kids had obviously not been pre-sold on the...

Those kids had obviously not been pre-sold on the idea of roughing it. They come into a sports game after years of soaking up cultural messages about how much we value athletic contests, and that's...
06-23-11, 09:45 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

They boiled the laundry with home made lye soap...

They boiled the laundry with home made lye soap in a big iron kettle by the side of the house, stirring and pounding it with massive wooden plungers. This harsh treatment was necessary to kill lice...
06-21-11, 05:31 PM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

Yeah, Roody, the phrase "invest in yourself" has...

Yeah, Roody, the phrase "invest in yourself" has been co-opted by the education establishment to imply accredited degrees, certifications, multi-year programs, giant student loans, etc. You know,...
06-21-11, 01:01 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,720
Posted By Platy

I wonder if bike riding instruction couldn't be...

I wonder if bike riding instruction couldn't be given in schools as part of physical education. (Do they even have that any more?) After all, it's a fine form of aerobic exercise that's accessible...
06-21-11, 12:46 PM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

These days, the kind of investment I personally...

These days, the kind of investment I personally like is acquiring useful skills. That is, to put some time and effort into learning how to do things that pay off by reducing costs or providing...
06-05-11, 10:11 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

A lot depends on how often a person moves. I've...

A lot depends on how often a person moves. I've lived a fairly mobile life, and it's served me well to not own much physical stuff. My brother is the opposite. He lives within walking distance of...
05-30-11, 11:26 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

Yeah, a document in ROFF format on DECtape might...

Yeah, a document in ROFF format on DECtape might as well have been burned in a fire for all the good it's ever going to do me now. I think a lot of the scientific data from NASA's interplanetary...
05-22-11, 06:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,476
Posted By Platy

Good strategy. If you want to keep a piece of...

Good strategy. If you want to keep a piece of machinery going forever, you need to have two identical copies. When one breaks you just switch to the other or swap parts. Eventually spare parts...
05-07-11, 05:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,146
Posted By Platy

Yeah, and every military base town has to have...

Yeah, and every military base town has to have about a dozen pawn shops too, lol. Maybe pick up a junky used bike that happens to have a usable rear wheel, and ride on that wheel the next time you...
05-07-11, 10:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,146
Posted By Platy

I assume you've seen this one and already ruled...

I assume you've seen this one and already ruled it out.

http://www.yourbikemd.com

"Your Bike MD: The Bicycle Repair Shop That Comes to You
Serving the greater Savannah, Georgia area"
04-17-11, 11:08 AM
Replies: 346
Views: 12,043
Posted By Platy

Art's chart confirms what we already knew. You...

Art's chart confirms what we already knew. You can't beat the California coast for great weather combined with general open mindedness and job opportunities. Lots of people come to Texas from...
04-17-11, 10:32 AM
Replies: 770
Views: 228,326
Posted By Platy

Welcome to the LCF forum, ytonic! I always found...

Welcome to the LCF forum, ytonic! I always found bike riding to be a great antidote for the sitting-too-much-in-the-office blues.
03-25-11, 03:31 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 2,768
Posted By Platy

Welcome back, lye!

Welcome back, lye!
03-24-11, 01:48 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 2,768
Posted By Platy

As others have said, we will be able to afford...

As others have said, we will be able to afford fossil fuels to run cars for many years to come. However, "we" does not necessarily include everybody.
03-22-11, 07:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By Platy

Think it has anything to do with the recent...

Think it has anything to do with the recent change to daylight saving? It always takes me a few days to adjust.
03-18-11, 10:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 645
Posted By Platy

At our place we got tired of irritating each...

At our place we got tired of irritating each other with "Be safe" so we decided to say "Tear up the road!" instead.
03-13-11, 12:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 667
Posted By Platy

To those of a certain age, it's a real knee...

To those of a certain age, it's a real knee slapper. It's a running joke from the Coneheads skits on Saturday Night Live, late 1970s.
03-09-11, 04:56 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,984
Posted By Platy

Newspaperguy, sometimes people do things...

Newspaperguy, sometimes people do things differently or inefficiently simply because they like it better that way. You may recall I do back yard gardening, which is the world's most complicated way...
03-07-11, 12:14 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 12,043
Posted By Platy

Hmm, people who do the RV thing would have the...

Hmm, people who do the RV thing would have the option of following good weather as the seasons change. Is it possible to live in an RV and be somewhat nomadic if you still need employment income?
03-03-11, 11:33 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,472
Posted By Platy

One part of town I like is the neighborhood...

One part of town I like is the neighborhood around West Anderson and Burnet. There's a busy metro transfer station, a more than adequate Sun Harvest grocery market, and tons of useful/interesting...
03-01-11, 10:11 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,472
Posted By Platy

Generally yes, I'm in agreement about that. ...

Generally yes, I'm in agreement about that. We've developed quite a sprawl that extends into the scenic but hilly areas to the west, where the cycling can be challenging. Hi-tech workers here often...
03-01-11, 08:41 PM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 354,061
Posted By Platy

I started doing that when I found out all my age...

I started doing that when I found out all my age 50+ engineer co-workers were cutting their own hair. I kinda miss going to the old style barber shops - the ones that smell of hair tonic, with the...
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