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Last post 07-29-2007 8:07 PM by rvijay07. 1 replies.
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  • 07-29-2007 7:52 PM

    Frugal Bicycle Thread.

    Bicycles and frugality seems greatly undermined in the frugal community, no solid comprehensive articles exist in this regard. This thread is an attempt about getting a frugal bicycle and the savings it has on our lives. I wanted to do this thread for a long time and have been dealying it. Will slowly do this piece by piece based on the experience I have so far.

    By just having a bicycle instead of a car, one can save between 20K to 40K in two years (this is just my rough estimate). Moreover, there are several other advantages to cycling as discussed here:
    http://community.stretcher.com/forums/t/807.aspx 

    In the Book Divorce your Car, the Author describes in great detail the enormous savings of using a bicycle as opposed to a Car, in the few instances that a car is needed, one can rent a Can. This situation however varies for those with children etc., etc., Review of this can be read at Amazon.com

    If buying a new Bicycle, buy it towards end of season, where I live this starts around mid july. Plan everything in advance and have backups.

    Several who buy bicycles are not sure how to use/maintain them and throw them away or sell them at real low prices. These can be obtained/fixed easily and then profitably used. Here is a site that helps in rebuilding old bicycles:
    http://oldroads.com/
    Another site on fixing used/vintage Bicycles:
    http://www.geocities.com/randyjawa/BicycleRestorationGettingStartedArticle.html

    A Whole Bunch of Do It Your Self Bicycle Projects (thanks to bicycling.about.com Guide for this)
    http://www.instructables.com/tag/keyword:bicycle/?limit:type:instructable=on&q=bicycle

    Frugal Bicycle Touring Article (thanks to bicycling.about.com Guide for this):
    http://www.dirtragmag.com/print/article.php?ID=859

    Learning Bicycle Mechanics is frugal as these repairs can run more than the cost of the bicycle itself:
    http://howtofixbikes.blogspot.com/

    Visit a few local bicycle shops and have a few backup plans for repairs that need pros.

    Good bicycles are stolen easily. Preventing this is important:
    http://howtofixbikes.blogspot.com/2006/08/how-to-prevent-bicycle-theft.html

    Bicycle Theft Video:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4237529553314186861&q=bike+steal&hl=en

    Several car lubricants can be used for bicycles. For eg.,:
    Degreaser, Grease, Chain Lube etc.,

    Checkout local library for books on bicycling. Read books on the following topics:
    1. General Urban Cycling
    2. Long Distance Cycling
    3. Bicycle Mechanics

    Used Cycle Related Links for reference:
    http://charityguide.org/volunteer/fewhours/used-bicycles.htm
    http://sheldonbrown.com/diy/index.html
    http://sheldonbrown.com/selling.html
    http://nbda.com/index.cfm
    http://www.cyclingforums.com/t95732.html
    http://www.recycledcycles.net/
    http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/proplock.html
    http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/crime.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_infantry


    Getting Tuffy the anti puncture tape, puncture resistant tube/tyre etc., are all frugal. Flats cost time, energy interms of repair, specially are not good in remote places, at high sun, rain, on a slope, closer to dusk etc.,

    Having a good basic set of bicycle repair tools, repair stand is frugal.

    Some Sites on Bicycle Uses specially in Emergency:
    http://www.biketexas.org/content/view/504/71/
    http://www.co.gaston.nc.us/GEMSHP/teams/BERT.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_bicycle
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_infantry
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling

    Join a local bicycle club, specially one that teaches bicycle repair courses. Networking with other key cyclists in your area is also frugal.

    Good Bicycle Related Links:
    http://www.bikely.com/

    This site is excellent:
    http://www.kenkifer.com/

    Dime on the Dollar - Bicycle Trailer
    http://www.motherearthnews.com/DIY/1981-07-01/Dime-on-the-Dollar-Bicycle-Trailer.aspx

    Usenet Bicycle FAQs
    http://www.faqs.org/faqs/bicycles-faq/

    Usenet Newsgroups Related to Bicycles:
    http://draco.acs.uci.edu/rbfaq/rbnewsgroups.html

    Those with experience feel free to add anymore.

    Thanks in advance and happy exploration.

    Regards,

    Vijay

  • 07-29-2007 8:07 PM In reply to

    Re: Frugal Bicycle Thread.

    This thread comes with approx 3k investment in bicycles/related stuff and a lot of time learning things. By reading all the links above, several things are greatly simplified for those following this path.

    Learning about Bicycling can lead to related careers:
    1. Bicycle Mechanic
    2. Bicycle Tour Guide
    3. Bicycle Salesperson
    4. Bicycle Messenger etc.,
    5. Bicycle Sports
    6. Writing bicycle related articles/books

    Several Tips here such as what to do in case of an accident etc., apply to bicycles also:
    http://www.mopedarmy.com/resources/articles/survivalguide/

    A Great Bicycling Online Community:
    http://www.cyclingforums.com/

    Winter Bicycle Riding:
    http://www.thebicyclepost.com/winter-bike-riding.html
    http://bikewinter.org/tipsAndResources/whywintercycle.php

    Car Free Cities:
    http://www.carfree.com/

    Vijay

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