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32 Years Car-Free Finally Ended Today

Old 06-10-21, 12:16 PM
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...I have rarely seen these types of responses.
LOL, Right?
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Old 06-20-21, 03:19 AM
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I do believe that human activity is changing the climate, and almost every other natural resource for the worst. But until that darling little girl starts telling her generation to cut back on having children - like TWO MAX - i can't hear a word she says. ZPG (Zero Population Growth) became a political land mine a few decades ago but unless we are talking about ZPG, we are just talking s**t. Cutting our emissions in half and doubling the population is just wheels spinning in the sand. Total nonsense.

FYI...I never was a part of Greta's religion. It was all about the money. I structured my life so that I didn't need a car so that A. I never had to work very hard or B. I could work hard for a short time during Winter months when the days are short and weather bad, and take off on a bike tour for the rest of the year. I am pragmatic. I actually LOVE cars and owning one. I just didn't want the aggravation or expense for 30+ years. Now I have a job with all the benefits - which is a ball and chain so to speak - but at 63yo I had a great run! Now I use the car to go bike in the country and relax. It's worth it at this moment. I am VERY adaptable. And I used to rent plenty of cars but the prices are crazy now.

Right now, I want a car. Greta can go **** herself. Cheers.
Wow, what an ugly & ignorant post.
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Old 07-16-21, 01:33 AM
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I was gonna call it sad, but I guess you're riding again. Good deal. I was wondering if you were going to subconsciously sabotage the driving with several DUIs or 'accidentally' total it : ) Worst case scenario you lose your license at the old age of 90 and you're forced to ride again...in pain but smiling.
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Old 07-17-21, 04:15 PM
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I was gonna call it sad, but I guess you're riding again. Good deal. I was wondering if you were going to subconsciously sabotage the driving with several DUIs or 'accidentally' total it : ) Worst case scenario you lose your license at the old age of 90 and you're forced to ride again...in pain but smiling.
Most likely the expense will aggravate me out of the car. I only drive it about 15 miles a week lately. 3 weeks ago needed a new battery, last week a screw in a tire, today a chip in the windscreen. Just that steady drip, drip, drip will wear me down. And right now I could get a load of cash for it due to the auto shortage. Hmmmmm....
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Old 07-17-21, 11:09 PM
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Big earth

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Maybe it's more like, the earth isn't going to return, to the state it was before the industrial revolution... If people don't embrace a less damaging lifestyle to the earth... You know, we all need to live on an earth that is supporting us, it's going to be a horrendous existence for our children and an almost impossible existence for their children the way things are going... IMO
If you talk to some people they feel that the earth is just so vast. I was speaking to one person about the damage we do to the earth and his response was one of quote:" Have you ever traveled much. In between cities there is just so much nature you can drive for hundreds of miles and see "untouched " nature ."
So I guess in some peoples minds the earth is so vast that we don't have much of an effect on it... !!! Meanwhile I worried about that BP Gulf spill off our coast that they were not able to control for how long and it just kept spilling crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico!! I tend to agree with Greta Thurnberg, but most took her as a teenager who is overreacting and has mental health issues. Others even make jokes about her...
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Old 07-17-21, 11:59 PM
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3 weeks ago needed a new battery, last week a screw in a tire, today a chip in the windscreen ...
Carma?
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Old 08-16-21, 08:06 PM
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If you talk to some people they feel that the earth is just so vast. I was speaking to one person about the damage we do to the earth and his response was one of quote:" Have you ever traveled much. In between cities there is just so much nature you can drive for hundreds of miles and see "untouched " nature ."
So I guess in some peoples minds the earth is so vast that we don't have much of an effect on it... !!! Meanwhile I worried about that BP Gulf spill off our coast that they were not able to control for how long and it just kept spilling crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico!! I tend to agree with Greta Thurnberg, but most took her as a teenager who is overreacting and has mental health issues. Others even make jokes about her...
Kid has an opinion (based on science) and gets criticized on bicycling forums by people who disagree with the information and passion she has. She might be their savior. I just think its poor taste to express oneself that way, as it just brings more pressure on her. Jeez, if you don't agree with her don't say for her to go...herself, etc, start your own thread and state your piece. (Not you rossiny, as I was a just responding to some of the previous comments through your thread).

To the OP, you made it a long way going car free. That's pretty remarkable. Times change and sometimes its good to go with them. Keep your options open, as you might be going car free, or car light in the future. Or not )
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Old 08-16-21, 10:17 PM
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OK, back to being car-free.

So, after getting back into cycling when COVID started changing our lives back in March 2020, I started to cycle every week and also picked up running as well. Now, over a year later, I lost some weight and feel so much better than before. And since I'm close to my office, I've decided to bike to work every day. I've test-ridden the route and it's 16-miles round trip (one-hour total riding time). And since I live in a desert (it rains very infrequently), I can do this just about every day of the year. Of course, my office hasn't opened up yet; I'm scheduled to go back in early Sept., but I'm looking forward to this.

I tell you, if we had bike valets for my gym and grocery stores, I would pay for that and use my bike more. Locking my bike up on a rack doesn't work in LA - too many bike thefts...

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Old 08-19-21, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by cj3209 View Post
OK, back to being car-free.

So, after getting back into cycling when COVID started changing our lives back in March 2020, I started to cycle every week and also picked up running as well. Now, over a year later, I lost some weight and feel so much better than before. And since I'm close to my office, I've decided to bike to work every day. I've test-ridden the route and it's 16-miles round trip (one-hour total riding time). And since I live in a desert (it rains very infrequently), I can do this just about every day of the year. Of course, my office hasn't opened up yet; I'm scheduled to go back in early Sept., but I'm looking forward to this.

I tell you, if we had bike valets for my gym and grocery stores, I would pay for that and use my bike more. Locking my bike up on a rack doesn't work in LA - too many bike thefts...

The opposite of what happened to most people. They gained weight.

This is the first summer in 12 years I have only road maybe three times? I road every day previously. But I hated it! Hate this time of year!

Glad to hear it worked out.
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Old 08-20-21, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by cj3209 View Post
Locking my bike up on a rack doesn't work in LA - too many bike thefts...
More than NYC or PDX? Surely not. I biked for 45y in the former and just finished 12 in the latter. No thefts in the former and just one from a garage accidentally left open in the latter. Just saying ...
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Old 09-18-21, 05:18 AM
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Multiple locks and a tracker can be useful. Always good to be able to take your bike off the street to keep an eye on it.
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