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Re: [rootsradicals] A bike story

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  • Mark Garvey
    ... so do I! HAH! well, he isn t a LAWYER, but the same idea. Oddly enough when he started ranting to me about how riding bicycles was a socialist plot to
    Message 1 of 8 , Jul 7, 2007
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      On 7/7/07, Anne Littlebird <issumatuq@...> wrote:


      When I told my sister I was going to try to go completely carless in a
      year or less, she didn't think I was crazy at all - we have a lawyer
      Republican brother for that.

      so do I!  HAH!  well, he isn't a LAWYER, but the same idea.  Oddly enough when he started ranting to me about how "riding bicycles was a socialist plot to overthrow the automobile industry"  I pointed out that I was simply avoiding the confiscatory tax structure and using MY money for my purposes, after all I earn it so I should decide how to spend it, and I didn't think that supporting a dictatorship in a country that wants to destroy the USA was a good idea.

      He was stunned that I used HIS WORDS to argue my point about being "car lite".  And he is always making a fuss about the "confiscatory taxes" that are levied by the states at the pump.  I told him that I simply bypassed them.  After all, that is a very CONSERVATIVE thing to do!  HAH!

      mark, the radical conservative  bikie!

    • Jeff Ong
      I know what you mean about trying to decide which bike gets the axe. I recently built up my X. I have been living without a car for a few years (hauling stuff
      Message 2 of 8 , Jul 18, 2007
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        I know what you mean about trying to decide which bike gets the axe. I
        recently built up my X. I have been living without a car for a few
        years (hauling stuff around in a huge messenger bag), and I already
        had three bikes: a fast road bike, a mountain bike which is pretty
        much exclusively for riding singletrack, and a mountain bike which I
        had converted to a fast city-bike, with drop bars and narrow tires.

        I felt like kind of a tool for trying to cram a fourth bike into my
        apartment, but I couldn't really see giving up any of those bikes, or
        turning one into a cargo-hauler... I ride all three of them every
        week, for totally different purposes. So I bought a cheap steel frame
        on eBay and built up the X as a fourth bike, which lives out in the
        locked alley behind my house.... I'm really liking it, so far. Hoping
        to do some camping, but mostly using it to haul groceries,
        dry-cleaning, and all the usual suspects!

        For what it's worth, the X feels really nice and strong and powerful
        when I get back on it after riding my other bikes... and they feel
        really light and agile and fast after the X. So far so good!

        (Oh, and hi -- just joined the group!)

        - Jeff
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