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How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445135] Tue, 22 March 2011 07:39 Go to next message
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Do you own/use bicycles?[ 29 vote(s) ]
1.Own a bicycle and ride it regularly 12 / 41%
2.Own a bicycle and ride it sparingly 8 / 28%
3.Don't own a bicycle 9 / 31%

Just curious...please vote.

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Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445136] Tue, 22 March 2011 08:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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i live in a civilized country where people use bicycles regularly
Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445138] Tue, 22 March 2011 08:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Herr Surth wrote on Tue, 22 March 2011 16:13

i live in a civilized country where people use bicycles regularly

^
At least twice a day.

Although civilized country in this case does mean a country where everyone rides a bike and thus they get stolen way too often Sad

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Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445139] Tue, 22 March 2011 08:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Own one, don't ride it much because the terrain around my house totally sucks for riding bikes.


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Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445144] Tue, 22 March 2011 11:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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My everyday travels take me at least 20 miles (one way), and on some weekends it's up to 150-350 miles (one way). I drive, no bikes.


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Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445145] Tue, 22 March 2011 11:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445146] Tue, 22 March 2011 11:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I haven't rode my own bike in a long time. I used to ride it to and from school every day. But one of the tires is flat and won't hold any air. The nearest bike shop isn't too far away, but definitely not in walking distance. I don't have a car that is big enough for my bike, so it's kind of been sitting in my garage waiting to get repaired.

I do sometimes ride my little brother's or my mom's bike, but not often.
Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445150] Tue, 22 March 2011 12:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I ride a bike everyday, im 19 and can't drive so everyday I travel for miles (school, girlfriends, home, stores) and I use my Free Agent racing bike.
Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445157] Tue, 22 March 2011 15:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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You mean those things that granola's/hipster's/the homeless use as a means of conveyance?

I ride a motorcycle, if that at all counts.


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Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445168] Tue, 22 March 2011 17:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445169] Tue, 22 March 2011 18:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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in my country there's actually more bikes than people.

obviously voted the topmost option
Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445184] Wed, 23 March 2011 01:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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nikki6ixx wrote on Tue, 22 March 2011 23:00

You mean those things that granola's/hipster's/the homeless use as a means of conveyance?

I ride a motorcycle, if that at all counts.

Perhaps at your side of the pond. Here more people have one or more bikes than cars. Hell, I'm a student and even I got 3 normal (city/urban) bikes, one "beachcruzer" (which is for sale Wink ) and a mountainbike.


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Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445185] Wed, 23 March 2011 01:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Don't own a bike.
Any journey I take is either short enough to walk, or long enough to drive.
I could cycle to work I guess, but as London is dangerous on the roads and I value my life, I never would. Why the mayor decided to add public bycycles is beyond me (it doesn't ease congestion or pollution, as cars are on the roads longer and in lower gears poodling along behind the bikes).



Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445186] Wed, 23 March 2011 02:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I own a bike. Before having a car, I used it daily for multiple km. Now I live in Brussels, riding a bike is more dangerous than driving a car here Razz. Also, riding a bike is tiring. So I choose option number 2.


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Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445187] Wed, 23 March 2011 02:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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reborn wrote on Wed, 23 March 2011 09:45

Don't own a bike.
Any journey I take is either short enough to walk, or long enough to drive.
I could cycle to work I guess, but as London is dangerous on the roads and I value my life, I never would. Why the mayor decided to add public bycycles is beyond me (it doesn't ease congestion or pollution, as cars are on the roads longer and in lower gears poodling along behind the bikes).

Well, if you have less cars on the roads, they are less often involved in traffic jams, so the air gets cleaner. Another argument is that it's easier to fit a lot of bicycles on the road than a lot of cars, and that the road safety for cyclists and pedestrians increases with less cars on the road. A cyclist crashing into another cyclist or pedestrian will have less severe injuries than when a car crashes into a cyclist or pedestrian.

Edit:
I got to mention that I know of only two countries in which bicycling feels rather safe: Denmark and the Netherlands. Motorists in these countries are used to people on bicycles and are more aware of the potential dangers I think.

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Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445194] Wed, 23 March 2011 06:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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From my experience is Deutschland less ideal to bicycle in, less bicycle lanes and the traffic isn't used to cyclists as much as in DK or NL.


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Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445197] Wed, 23 March 2011 06:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm pretty sure my city has a bike/people ratio of 1:1 or above Razz
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EvilWhiteDragon wrote on Wed, 23 March 2011 05:32

Well, if you have less cars on the roads, they are less often involved in traffic jams, so the air gets cleaner.


I can see why you might think that. But it isn't the case in practice.
10 Cars with no bicycles getting in their way will travel more quickly and spend more time in higher gears. They get to where they are going quicker, so spend less time on the road (polluting for a shorter amount of time), and they travel efficiently (meaning while they are travelling they pollute less).

5 cars stuck behind 5 bicycles are limited to travelling at the speed of the bicycle most of the time (as it is often too dangerous too over-take, or impossible due to shitty sized roads). Those 5 cars will be on the road for twice the amount of time, so they might as well be 10 cars, and they will be crawling along in low gears, polluting the environment even more.

If you had 10 bicycles, then yeah sure... But that isn't going to happen.

Check this out. He might be seen as a nut, but he was convincing enough to stop San Francisco going all "green" with bicycles.

EvilWhiteDragon wrote on Wed, 23 March 2011 05:32


Another argument is that it's easier to fit a lot of bicycles on the road than a lot of cars, and that the road safety for cyclists and pedestrians increases with less cars on the road. A cyclist crashing into another cyclist or pedestrian will have less severe injuries than when a car crashes into a cyclist or pedestrian.



Yeah, I guess you could fit more on the road than cars. Although you can fit more people on a bus than a bike. Plus with busses the state purchases them, so just introduce new greener busses.

Safer with cyclists? Hmm... Our mayor introduced free cycles for the city (or pay if you use them for over x amount of time).
So now instead of safety savvy cyclists with hi-vis jackets and helmets, we now have business men in suits with no hi-vis jackets and no safety helmet cycling to their station/meeting/whatever, or worse still, tourists who have no idea where they are going around London's complicated one-way system. They're a menace. There's no law requiring you to wear a helmet either, so it's not even illegal.

I'm not saying it doesn't work well in other countries, but it's a joke in my city. They should just improve public transport.
To be fair, they have invested in some greener busses, but they also fucked up by re-introducing the dangerous bendy bus, only to have it taken back out of service again. However, the greener busses where then flown around the world to show how awesome they are, epic fail.

EvilWhiteDragon wrote on Wed, 23 March 2011 05:32


Edit:
I got to mention that I know of only two countries in which bicycling feels rather safe: Denmark and the Netherlands. Motorists in these countries are used to people on bicycles and are more aware of the potential dangers I think.

[/quote]

Sure as hell isn't in London.

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so what you're saying is london sucks cock
Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445204] Wed, 23 March 2011 10:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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so what you're saying is london sucks cock


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Re: How many of you own bicycles and make use of them? [message #445283] Fri, 25 March 2011 12:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I voted I don't have a bicycle because there was no option for owning one but never riding it. I have a vehicle now, I would never ride bike anywhere. Besides, I like to walk for exercise.

R315r4z0r wrote on Tue, 22 March 2011 13:36

I haven't rode my own bike in a long time. I used to ride it to and from school every day. But one of the tires is flat and won't hold any air. The nearest bike shop isn't too far away, but definitely not in walking distance. I don't have a car that is big enough for my bike, so it's kind of been sitting in my garage waiting to get repaired.

I do sometimes ride my little brother's or my mom's bike, but not often.


You could just grab some tires/rims and put them on yourself :S

[Updated on: Fri, 25 March 2011 12:25]


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Glock wrote on Fri, 25 March 2011 20:24

I voted I don't have a bicycle because there was no option for owning one but never riding it. I have a vehicle now, I would never ride bike anywhere. Besides, I like to walk for exercise.

R315r4z0r wrote on Tue, 22 March 2011 13:36

I haven't rode my own bike in a long time. I used to ride it to and from school every day. But one of the tires is flat and won't hold any air. The nearest bike shop isn't too far away, but definitely not in walking distance. I don't have a car that is big enough for my bike, so it's kind of been sitting in my garage waiting to get repaired.

I do sometimes ride my little brother's or my mom's bike, but not often.


You could just grab some tires/rims and put them on yourself :S

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2. Own a bicycle and ride it sparingly 8 / 32%


Sparingly could just as well be pretty much never.


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Glock wrote on Fri, 25 March 2011 15:24

I voted I don't have a bicycle because there was no option for owning one but never riding it. I have a vehicle now, I would never ride bike anywhere. Besides, I like to walk for exercise.

R315r4z0r wrote on Tue, 22 March 2011 13:36

I haven't rode my own bike in a long time. I used to ride it to and from school every day. But one of the tires is flat and won't hold any air. The nearest bike shop isn't too far away, but definitely not in walking distance. I don't have a car that is big enough for my bike, so it's kind of been sitting in my garage waiting to get repaired.

I do sometimes ride my little brother's or my mom's bike, but not often.


You could just grab some tires/rims and put them on yourself :S

I've tried that already once before. But it's a mountain bike and it has a lot of different gears. I'm not very proficient in the mechanical workings of a bike. I mean, if it was a regular single-speed bike... then yeah, no problem, I could have fixed it myself. But it has over 20 gears and the chain is wrapped around them in a specific way.

Once I tried to fix the tire myself and I ended up screwing up the gears that are attached. It ended up costing me more money to get the bike fixed than it would have if I just let them do the tires for me.

And what's really stupid is that when I brought it to the store to get it fixed, they fixed the chain and the gears and filled the tires with air... but they didn't stop the tire leak. So it went flat again and it's been sitting in my garage ever since.

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