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Old 08-13-2007, 01:02 PM   #21
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Wow! Wish I could cycle everywhere like CyclingInvestor. My hips would be a whole lot smaller, I'll bet.
Anyway, drive a 2002 Camry Solara with only 53,000 miles on it. Bought it new, too.
However, am champing at the bit to buy a new Prius in the not too distant future. Love the look and love the gas mileage it gets.
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Old 08-13-2007, 01:08 PM   #22
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I bicycle just about everywhere.
Does that mean L.A. is a bicycle friendly city? On average, how many miles do you ride per day? I like bicycles too, but Houston is definitely not the right city.
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Old 08-13-2007, 01:39 PM   #25
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Old 08-13-2007, 03:11 PM   #26
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Saving $ via Alternate transportation

I am FI but not ER, waiting for a package.

I drive a 2002 Subaru Forester and the Wife a 2005 Toyota Sienna. However last year I performed an analysis comparing the use of a Scooter, highway legal w/ABS etc, which gets 75MPG. I have reduced the use of my Forester by 50% and now my wife drives it because it gets 28mpg compared to 18 for the Sienna.

I am winning multiple ways, reduced gas consumption, lower annual operation costs and increased life of the vehicles. I have added the savings up to .16/mile operating cost savings and .32 if you include the reduction in depreciation.

Since I put 6k miles on the scooter a year that's $960/1920/year. Payback is in 3-4yrs for the scooter and after that it is all profit.

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Old 08-13-2007, 04:47 PM   #27
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Does that mean L.A. is a bicycle friendly city? On average, how many miles do you ride per day? I like bicycles too, but Houston is definitely not the right city.
Well, the weather is near perfect for cycling. I consider LA bike-friendly for a big city,
but you have to get used to traffic. Eventually I find neighborhood streets for most of
my routes. The long river trails and beach trails help for longer rides.

Over the last 24 years I have averaged about 8000m per year, commuting and
touring, mostly solo.

On my one cycling experience across Texas, I found West Texas pretty bike
friendly (low traffic or big shoulders), but East Texas was a little trickier. The
people were always nice, though.
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Here is a picture of my new (to me) car. I had to buy a new one cause the old one was just falling apart and it just wasn't any good anymore. Won't the neighbors be jealous !

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Old 08-13-2007, 07:34 PM   #32
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2003 Toyota Camry XLE which just hit 30K miles. I would prefer a small SUV or a wagon, but since it was a gift I took it.

I've never had a sedan before, and while I like driving it and having a trunk....I'd prefer a larger opening to haul stuff for my garden. Hay bales don't necessarily fit in a trunk.
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Old 08-13-2007, 07:36 PM   #33
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another bicycle user here

Also cycling, not driving.
Currently furiously exploring options for carrying two strong willed and opinionated small children on one bicycle (3 yr old Little Sailor and 4 yr old neighbor kid) I'll need to take to school few days a week

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