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12-03-15, 02:17 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,348
Posted By jcwitte

I have not given up on cycling.... but...

I have not given up on cycling.... but unfortunately we do use the car frequently. We are in the suburbs and I am now a stay at home dad. When we lived in the city, we never used the car even with...
12-01-15, 10:01 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,348
Posted By jcwitte

So I thought a little update would be in order......

So I thought a little update would be in order...

My girlfriend and I were married a little over a year after the initial post. I still have my 1974 Schwinn Le Tour fixie though it hangs in the...
05-18-09, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 696
Posted By jcwitte

Cyclist at Fault?

I was riding along side some cars stopped at an intersection waiting for a red light. I was riding between the cars in the right turn lane and the lane that goes straight. Then, all of a sudden,...
10-22-08, 12:48 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,348
Posted By jcwitte

I should also clarify, that my girlfriend is...

I should also clarify, that my girlfriend is someone who is going to work hard for these things that she wants. She is not looking for anyone to just give them to her. I admire that about her. She...
10-22-08, 12:21 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,348
Posted By jcwitte

Actually, I do not think the car is inherently...

Actually, I do not think the car is inherently bad. I'm not talking about the emissions factor at all. The "value" that I disagree with is how she wants to use material possessions (the Bentley) to...
10-21-08, 04:46 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,348
Posted By jcwitte

All of this kind of sounds like what has been...

All of this kind of sounds like what has been going through my mind.

We are both in our thirties and we both have decent incomes and we both live in nice areas of the city. I am satisfied with...
10-21-08, 01:48 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,348
Posted By jcwitte

Really? I didn't realize I was giving off that...

Really? I didn't realize I was giving off that impression.
10-21-08, 09:22 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,348
Posted By jcwitte

Yes, I think we probably should have a talk about...

Yes, I think we probably should have a talk about this again soon. I don't know that I value the sort of lifestyle that she is seeking.
10-21-08, 08:16 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,348
Posted By jcwitte

A goal of my girlfriend...

I just learned a few days ago that one goal of my girlfriend (been together just over 4 months) is to someday own a Bentley. Whenever we are out and about, if a Rolls Royce goes by or a Bentley or...
03-19-08, 06:41 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,198
Posted By jcwitte

I think you'd have to look for a one time tax...

I think you'd have to look for a one time tax break like the one they give for "purchasing" a hybrid. It's not so much about being environmentally responsible as it is about contributing to the...
03-11-08, 08:40 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,599
Posted By jcwitte

I kind of think this may have more to do with it...

I kind of think this may have more to do with it than anything else.

http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/ice_ages/when_ice_ages.html

In other words, I believe that it is a natural cycle.
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03-07-08, 07:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 658
Posted By jcwitte

You might just need a new battery.

You might just need a new battery.
Forum: Commuting
02-04-08, 09:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,945
Posted By jcwitte

I know, I forgot to add the :p. Or should that...

I know, I forgot to add the :p. Or should that be a :D or a ;)?
Forum: Commuting
02-04-08, 08:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,945
Posted By jcwitte

My goodness, I didn't realize how many english...

My goodness, I didn't realize how many english teachers bike to work each morning.
02-02-08, 09:20 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,534
Posted By jcwitte

"Bikes are to cars as poverty is to money"?? ...

"Bikes are to cars as poverty is to money"??

I hardly think so. I'd say "Bikes are to cars as financial freedom is to money". It's not really about financial freedom as much as it is about...
01-30-08, 10:27 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,831
Posted By jcwitte

Well, I never really had much of a taste for meat...

Well, I never really had much of a taste for meat anyway. I think organic free range meats along with cutting back might be another responsible option. Perhaps I'll still have meat on holidays...
01-30-08, 08:00 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,831
Posted By jcwitte

I guess I had the wrong idea of what a vegetarian...

I guess I had the wrong idea of what a vegetarian diet consists of. :D

I am trying to watch the video "Meet your Meat" that is available on youtube, but my internet connection keeps cutting it...
01-29-08, 07:52 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,831
Posted By jcwitte

I think you have the wrong idea of what a...

I think you have the wrong idea of what a vegetarian is. Some vegetarians do eat fish, dairy products, and eggs. You might be thinking of a vegan diet. I just recently switched to a vegetarian...
01-29-08, 11:07 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,831
Posted By jcwitte

Thanks Roody, I switched to a permalink in the...

Thanks Roody, I switched to a permalink in the original post. I guess I ought to go and learn how to use, make, or find the permalink for an article.
01-29-08, 10:30 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,831
Posted By jcwitte

No, and I understand your sarcasm and frustration...

No, and I understand your sarcasm and frustration with that assertion. I find it annoying as well when Americans and American practices seem to be singled out and ripped on when many other countries...
01-29-08, 09:42 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,831
Posted By jcwitte

American diet compared to the combustion engine

The New York Times just had an article, Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler ...
01-21-08, 11:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,244
Posted By jcwitte

That reminds me of my of one of my favorite...

That reminds me of my of one of my favorite movies :)

http://www.classicalvalues.com/JackT.jpg



I am only two blocks from a major grocery store so I have never felt the need to stock up. I...
01-18-08, 05:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 630
Posted By jcwitte

+1 :)

+1
:)
01-18-08, 12:59 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,901
Posted By jcwitte

The environmental problems associated with urban...

The environmental problems associated with urban sprawl go far beyond travel times. That is what I think you are not taking into consideration. Yes, travel times are a problem, but you forget...
01-18-08, 09:02 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,901
Posted By jcwitte

First off, I can't help but think you are...

First off, I can't help but think you are trolling with this idea, except that most trolls use one liners rather than multiple paragraphs in the opening post.

Urban Sprawl and suburbia is the...
01-06-08, 01:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,086
Posted By jcwitte

Yes, Chicago in the Summer. Also, Chicago in the...

Yes, Chicago in the Summer. Also, Chicago in the Spring and Chicago in the Fall. And since nonpareil is into crosscountry skiing, I can confidently say Chicago in the Winter.

This past Summer,...
01-04-08, 06:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,086
Posted By jcwitte

Chicago. Absolutely the best city to live in...

Chicago. Absolutely the best city to live in during the summer. Street festivals every weekend. Bike culture securely in place. Also, plenty of cross country skiing on the lakefront due to lake...
12-31-07, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 635
Posted By jcwitte

This is from North Carolina's DMV.... ...

This is from North Carolina's DMV....

http://www.ncdot.org/dmv/driver_services/drivingpublic/applying.html#Step%201


"3. Proof of Liability Insurance:

Proof of liability insurance includes...
12-31-07, 09:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,652
Posted By jcwitte

I use to live in Normal, IL, a university town...

I use to live in Normal, IL, a university town two hours south of Chicago, and I did it car free while living off campus. People there thought I was odd for not owning a car, but it worked for me. ...
12-30-07, 06:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,446
Posted By jcwitte

I would have loved to let you take my place. :D

I would have loved to let you take my place. :D
12-30-07, 08:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,446
Posted By jcwitte

When I was in the Army stationed in Korea, my...

When I was in the Army stationed in Korea, my squad leader told me I was going to have to get qualified to drive the M818 Tractor Truck with Trailer. I told him I didn't know how to drive a stick. ...
12-26-07, 09:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,418
Posted By jcwitte

This link lists the most efficient cars and also...

This link lists the most efficient cars and also lets you search by make, model, class, year, etc...

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bestworst.shtml
12-18-07, 09:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 716
Posted By jcwitte

As far as avoiding fuel to transport the tree to...

As far as avoiding fuel to transport the tree to the market, well, depending on where you live, you can always go out to the actual tree farm and cut your own tree down and haul it yourself using a...
12-13-07, 02:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 974
Posted By jcwitte

This could be very useful when looking to move to...

This could be very useful when looking to move to an area you are unfamiliar with. My apartment scored an 85, but I already knew I was in a very walkable spot.
12-08-07, 09:35 AM
Replies: 328
Views: 26,105
Posted By jcwitte

About five months ago, I read Cold Beer and...

About five months ago, I read Cold Beer and Crocodiles: A Bicycle Journey into Australia by Roff Smith...
12-06-07, 08:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,235
Posted By jcwitte

I'm guessing you have already read this book, but...

I'm guessing you have already read this book, but if not you should read Henry David Thoreau's Walden. It might be all the motivation you need to make that 24 hour work week a reality.

Edited to...
12-05-07, 08:47 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,820
Posted By jcwitte

I gave up my TV a few months before I gave up my...

I gave up my TV a few months before I gave up my car. It's been just over two years. My sister got both of them.

The 24 hour news channels are what I dislike the most about tv. Even more so...
12-05-07, 11:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,235
Posted By jcwitte

I don't think there is anything wrong with...

I don't think there is anything wrong with "sitting on your rear all day" and contemplating reality and truth. I am reading Thomas Merton's "The Asent to Truth" right now. In it, he talks about...
12-04-07, 08:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,077
Posted By jcwitte

You can't make a comparison between OPP and...

You can't make a comparison between OPP and american police based on this video. The Police in this video are pulling over a bicycle/car/art vehicle. That sort of traffic stop would have any police...
12-04-07, 08:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,077
Posted By jcwitte

Are you kidding? I don't know which American...

Are you kidding? I don't know which American Police you've dealt with (you're from Southern Ontario?) but that's amusing.
12-03-07, 05:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,218
Posted By jcwitte

I have taken the Amtrak from Chicago to Normal,...

I have taken the Amtrak from Chicago to Normal, Illinois a number of times but only twice with my bike. It is a 2.5 hour train ride. I just ride to union station and then wheel it through and onto...
12-03-07, 05:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 631
Posted By jcwitte

It's really not that simple. Here are some more...

It's really not that simple. Here are some more examples of accidents that you might find interesting.....

An elderly man is struck by a cyclist and dies. Cyclist recieves $210 fine....
Forum: Touring
11-30-07, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 595
Posted By jcwitte

It may be that I didn't have the bolts tightened...

It may be that I didn't have the bolts tightened and that is why my rack bent. I also just recently swapped out the rims on my '06 520 due to cracks around the eyelets. I changed the tires and...
Forum: Touring
11-29-07, 09:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 595
Posted By jcwitte

I had about 30lbs worth of groceries in panniers...

I had about 30lbs worth of groceries in panniers on my '06 trek rack and one of the stays/arms bent. I still use the trek rack for grocery getting because if something does go wrong, I'm not far...
11-29-07, 04:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,429
Posted By jcwitte

Here is a car-free city..... ...

Here is a car-free city.....

http://www.mackinacisland.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinac_Island%2C_Michigan
Forum: Commuting
11-15-07, 06:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,320
Posted By jcwitte

I think the sort of reflective vests being talked...

I think the sort of reflective vests being talked about here are made out of mesh, so you'd have a hard time finding one that isn't breathable. :)
11-13-07, 07:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 978
Posted By jcwitte

Studded tires are not necessary here in Chicago. ...

Studded tires are not necessary here in Chicago. They do a good job on the main roads, and that includes the bike lanes. They even plow and salt the lake front path. Cycling is big here in Chicago...
Forum: Touring
11-11-07, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 554
Posted By jcwitte

The entry for vietnam in the Cyclist's Yellow...

The entry for vietnam in the Cyclist's Yellow Pages is a tour company that does bicycl tours. They have an office in Hanoi. Here is their "Contact Us" page.....
...
11-07-07, 02:45 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,344
Posted By jcwitte

I agree. Sorry about that. You know what would...

I agree. Sorry about that. You know what would really be neat is if you could find an antique radio flyer wagon on craigslist or something like that.
11-06-07, 04:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,344
Posted By jcwitte

So the only reason you dress nice and cut your...

So the only reason you dress nice and cut your hair is because you don't want people thinking you are down and out? hah, just kidding.

Actually I use to live in a smaller community and I do know...
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