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Old 04-06-2011, 10:55 PM   #1
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Only having a bike

Has anyone on here only had a bike as their sole mode of transportation? How was it? Do the cons out weigh the benefits?
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A good friend of mine did it for over a year. He freakin hated it and I don't think he's been on a bike since...
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I have once for about 3 months and it SUCKS big blue donkey . One night I had to pick up my GF at work at 2 AM and ride home in 19 degree weather and I forgot the spare helmet. She was wearing the Shoei and I had to wrap my long sleeve shirt around my head and I bought a cheap beanie at a gas station and shades that I put over all that.

All we had was the bike for both of us and it was no fun.

Not to mention all the rain, hail, you name it. Bikes are fun if you use them for fun.
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:13 PM   #4
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Do you need an automobile for anything? Would it be cheaper to rent a car or truck when you need it than own it for the period of time you don't use it? Or can you pay to have it delivered cheaper than it would cost to own a car/truck.

What are your cons and what do you think the benefits may be for yourself?

I tried it with a bicycle with some success. It would have been easier with a motorcycle.
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:17 PM   #5
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My truck is required when its raining, cold, or I have the need to transport people or goods. So I dont really see how just having a bike would be that great.
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:28 PM   #6
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i did for 6 years. it has its downfalls but you overcome them and figure them out and make do. its definitely worth it if you love ridding. but if you have to because of funds or something then dont. i could deff suggest getting a beater car for backup.
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My truck is required when its raining, cold, or I have the need to transport people or goods. So I dont really see how just having a bike would be that great.
What are doing running a cab or delivery service out of your truck? How often do you transport these people or goods and how many people or how much goods are you transporting?

It does not sound like you are ready to make the transition to bike only yet.

Just get rid of it.

It could be liberating, you might like it!

And get some better cold wet gear MAKE IT HAPPEN!
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My truck is my daily but I ride whenever I can. I would still mostly likely have access to a vehicle when at home in houston (Im at college in Galveston). Since I only have a year of riding experience I figured that by just having a bike at school it would be fun and accelerate my learning curve by riding all the time.
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What are doing running a cab or delivery service out of your truck? How often do you transport these people or goods and how many people or how much goods are you transporting?

It does not sound like you are ready to make the transition to bike only yet.

Just get rid of it.

It could be liberating, you might like it!

And get some better cold wet gear MAKE IT HAPPEN!

You make it happen and live happily ever after.

I tried it, didnt work.

Not to mention, the more you ride, the higher the chances of an accident.

This isnt Vietnam or China. Dont like to haul my two kids and wife on a scooter.
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I'm going to do this over the summer this year and pick up a car when it starts getting chilly again. My girlfriend has a car, I usually just go to and from work.. sometimes I get groceries. I don't see why more people don't do this? What are you guys hauling all the time that you can't hold in a back pack?
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You make it happen and live happily ever after.

I tried it, didnt work.

Not to mention, the more you ride, the higher the chances of an accident.

This isnt Vietnam or China. Dont like to haul my two kids and wife on a scooter.
What works for some may not work for others.

Sidecar yo that would have been cool for the fam...j/k

Getting out of bed increases your chances for an accident. I am sure some stat crunching insurance person has a chart or graph showing that the safest period of time on a motorcycle is...0.

It honestly sounds like the o/p isn't that into it giving up the truck. If it is cold or wet or they have to help a friend move or play cabbie they need their security blanket, er truck.
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Well currently I like my truck more than my 250 ninja, I would get a bigger bike if I am going to do this. But I wouldnt give up my truck to ride my 250 all the time.
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I did it for 4 years. It took a little luster out of riding after a while. if you do it spend the money got the correct gear for winter and rain. It will make life easier.
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I did it for 4 years. It took a little luster out of riding after a while. if you do it spend the money got the correct gear for winter and rain. It will make life easier.
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I do, its not all that bad, you learn to deal with the weather.

But I love riding, so I will deal anyway.
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those of you that have done it, what kind of bike were you on?
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I did for 6 months or so. Summer was brutal, rain was a pia, and dating wasnt easy. Luckily, Iived and worked downtown.

I would NOT do it again in Houston.
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It makes you not want to ride. Honestly I used to ride in anything, Now I don't ride anywhere unless I have a destination and it's perfect outside. Just makes it feel like transportation and not fun.
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