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Do you cycle? That device with two wheels that you have to peddle and burn off a few calories and get a bit of cardio.
I'm fortunate, I don't have a car anymore. Never used it much anyway though still have a car and motorbike licence. I live close to where I can cycle and use public transport if out of distance.
Yeh, the car was good when I had to drive the kids to sport's training but they're grown up now. The car is redundant and it's gone.
Walking is important. You can listen to podcasts while you do that.
The mountain bike, OK it's got disk brakes, but otherwise it hasn't changed much for a couple of hundred years. It rests in my loungeroom because I looking at it and doing maintenace. What a marvellous device. Better and more useful than an iPhone.
In OZ we have a high rate of obesity and it's getting worst. People are becoming "couch potatoes". Cycling could help.
Cycling places minimal stress on your joints providing the bike seat is adjusted so you extend your legs about 90%. No more, no less.
Cycle if it's safe to do so. Sometimes it's not. Can't wait till we run out of oil.

jules4169 6 May 21
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I wrecked my car last year and replaced it with a bike. Even though there a few spiteful drivers out there, I haven't looked back.

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The humble bike and workhorse ...This water deliverer is carting 70 gallons almost 600 pounds of water on his bike while the cars weighing often in excess of 4000 pounds just carry their drivers and a handbag or a briefcase.

The poor guy. That looks a gruelling job.

@Ellatynemouth yes ... He also has to carry the demijohns into the buildings

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I cycle almost every day. I do have a electric bike as I am getting a bit tired and the mountain that I live on is far too steep for my little legs.

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I did mountain bikes for years, 5 years back I bought two 21 speed hybrids, ie mountain bikes but narrower wheels as I was doing most of my riding on the road and wanted to reduce rolling resistance. Bad move, I have a lot of sand here and the thinner wheels don't take much to get stuck, they also have less suspension that my mountain bikes had. Still ride them though.

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I have 2 bikes: a ten speed racing bike (I call this my city bike) and a 21 speed mountain bike (my country bike). Even though I live on an island I use my city bike more (for all the paved roads). The country bike is used to visit people with long dirt roads. Our island is the biking capital of the area and, in the summer there are a lot of bikers on the island. We usually get around 1,000 bikers for the event.

What a great event!

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I live close enough to walk to work so I do. I also just bought a bike to get out and go around town. Have not ridden in over 30 years but took out for a ride and affirmed the saying you never forget how. To be on the safe side put on my new helmet too.

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I also biked to work for a couple years after a divorce and ex had ex-ed my credit.

First one was stolen right off the damned porch. That's OK it was a piece of crap anyway.

Bought a fairly nice bike from Craig and then another one. Don't buy a bike from Walmart. Those are toys.

Completely for recreation now. Credit is restored and I mainly drive a pretty little silver Toyota 5-Speed.

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I have both road and mountain bikes and love riding them. The mountain bike moreso because it's new and I like bouncing off of things. It's a Trek X-caliber 9.

Gave the road bike away. Spent to much time fixing punctures. Haven't yet had a puncture with the mountain bike.

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Now riding Citibike bike share. I have 200,000 or so logged on bicycles and assorted human power vehicles. I am an avocational advocate for alternative transportation for purposes of lung disease mitigation. And nothing is better than riding around with a puppy in a basket.

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Yes, I ride a Rans Dynamik.

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I love to cycle. I could never bring myself to buy a gym membership, but with a bike (at least in the summer months), it's not really necessary.

I don't do as much of it as I would like to though, and it shows LOL. But hey . . . I love it first. Everything else is just a bonus.

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I have a bicycle that stays still however fast you peddle.

Just imagine it's moving!

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Bicycling up the geology around here is fine, it's good hard work. Going down it, on the other hand, is a terrifying thing that I do not want to engage in.

Oh, come on, there's plenty of coast and the mountains are miles away

Yep, going down is scary at times. Just check your brakes before attempting a steep descent.

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yes, specificly the times when i have to travel between two parked cars xD

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It's my 'go-to' form of transport. I recently spent 5 weeks cycling in Malaysia/Thailand. Next trip is likely to be up the Rhine. I absolutely love it and really, perhaps sadly, I live for those trips. I have a free travel pass in London (the perks of aging) and now I've got a folder and can have the best of both worlds. As I merrily ride past the cars at lights and take my rightful place at the head of the queue I pity all those mugs behind me who are spending good money just to look at my ancient, skinny, shining, lycra-clad butt from their glass-and-metal cages.

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I ended up with a daily 13 mile cycle-commute (26 there and back ?) forced upon me when my car broke and I had no money to fix it.

It ground me down after three years and I became obsessed with the weather report, but blimey did it ever shave the pounds off!

Now I love cycling. The feeling of getting up a head of steam on a fast road and shifting air through your lungs... Wonderful. It busted depression pretty well and my resting heart rate is never above 60 BPM any more. Taken years off me, to be honest.

But I have a car again, so the cycle-commute is over. Sod that for a game of soldiers.

For a short while I had a 17-mile commute. To be honest, the first hour of my working day was drinking coffee and recovering.

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Yeh I took up cycling to work when tore a hamstring and could do the usual jogging in the morning. There were safe bike paths where I lived. The bike paid for itself after 6 months (savings in transport costs to work, and it was actually quicker to cycle!). I've never looked back and luv my bike.

@jules4169 It CAN be quicker, can't it? I knew that I could make the ride in 45 mins at a leisurely pace, no matter what — but the number of times I've ended up late my car because the roads have gone to ratshit and it's taken well over an hour......

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I'm fixing mine at the mo lost the bolt for the wheel new one in the post

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Yes I do. I do not have a car either. here is a pic of me and my bicycle

Just by the way, I lost 15kgs after getting the bike on 28th Feb. 2018

@VAL3941 cool to see.a metrician

@PontifexMarximus
Why, what is jnusual about that ?

@VAL3941 I thought most people here were still imperial

@PontifexMarximus
Not in South Africa we are not ? Thought the whole workd was changing to metric . Far easier than imperual ?

@VAL3941 THe UK, the US and Hong Kong haven't. In the UK some people even paint over metric indications on signs that had both.

@PontifexMarximus
Thats just so silly, can't see any reason for not changing ?

@VAL3941 proabably because of a superiority complex. In Australia, where the change to metric occurred in 1974 after the currency had been decimalised 8 years prior, in the 1990s there were still some American science textbooks in use in schools.

@PontifexMarximus
Thanks, but still think it is silly though ?

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I used to cycle to work[about 15 miles] when I was in my thirties.When I moved to a place which was more than 30 miles from work, I gave my bike to my son who proceeded to rebuild it and sell it in order to buy a motorcycle.

Maybe just some recreational cycling?

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Haven't ridden a bike since l got a drivers licence at 16 and don't miss it. ?

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I want to start but bikes (good bikes) are so expensive. For a person who wants to get into cycling do you have any input as far as brands, and where to purchase them?

The main consideration (as well as cost) is what you want to do with the bike. If long rides on tarmac are your thing and you wish to get fit, a road race or tourer bike is ideal. If you'll be mostly on road but occasionally some off-road, a cyclocross bike. For shorter distance road-riding, some form of hybrid. Rougher off-road, a mountain bike. To the train station, then on the train to work, get a folder. The one good thing about how much bikes cost when compared to cars is that they don't continue to cost money when you're not using them - so, once you've bought a bike, you'll soon recoup that cost in savings on fuel and so on.

@Jnei I will be using it mainly for back and fourth to work which in a car is about a 15 minute commute. Also to the gym. Which is 2min from work. No off roading.

I spent fifteen bucks on a shitty bike at a pawn shop and it works just fine. I love it! I don't see any reason to spend a ton of money.

@Jessipoo that’s a good buy. I’m going to have to peep some shops around me. I’m still fairly new to my area so I have to find them

@Freethinkerr For that kind of thing, your best bet is likely to be a traditional town bike - upright position for riding in traffic, relatively maintenance-free gears and (if it's enclosed) chain, possibly a rack for anything you need to take with you. As @Jessipoo says, you can often find them for a very good price second-hand.

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Soon nobody will use fuel injection gasoline engines in cars anymore..very polluting and inefficient.

Even the 1968 Jaguar Harry and Meghan drove away in after the wedding has been converted to e-power. Not only does the Jaguar have zero emissions, it is nearly silent, and its 220kW engine can can jump the car to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.

The one-of-a kind electric Jaguar Harry and Meghan drove to their after-party [independent.co.uk]

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