Bike Out, Bike In

by Joshua on July 26, 2010 ยท 3 comments

Surly's Long Haul Trucker

The New Car

Thursday was a very interesting day. I was fighting the flu for the previous two days, of all things in the middle of summer! (I blame climate change ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Anyway, I woke up and decided that I should go to work regardless of my overall malaise, only to find that my bike was gone.

That’s right! Stolen from my carport! Generally it’s stored closer to the house, a little more out of sight. Of course, this time it was left a little more visible, and in our nice little neighborhood someone nicked it! That’s the bike out.

A little back story before the bike in portion: We recently moved in a great house across from a wooded park, close to our sons new day care, and within 2 miles of my work. An added benefit is that we had no excuse to have two cars. So we finally sold my rig (the less fuel efficient one). With that money I planned on upgrading my bike, paying down some of our debt and putting some money into savings.

My Son's New Bike

Start Steady Staters Young, My Son's New Bike

So, as horrible as it is to have your bike stolen from you, it is just as fortunate that I have the money to finally get the bike of my dreams. I have been putting a lot of thought into what would fit me (tall guy) and my riding style (road, light touring). I went with the Surly Long Haul Trucker (photo above). It’s the first bike since I was my son’s age that actually fits me perfectly. I love it!

How does this relate to the steady state economy? Being a “steady stater” involves living within your ecological means without undermining the ability of future generations to live a similar life. Part of that is removing fossil fuels, a dirty, non-renewable resource that is destroying our planet, from your life. What better way than to bike instead of drive? Pick up a bike on craigslist or freecycle or a local bike shop and try to integrate biking to work a few times a week.

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reason July 29, 2010 at 01:23

Joshua,
this is my first post here – I got here from a link left on Kevin Drum’s blog.
Your new house – is it in a walkable neighbourhood? Regardless of what your personal life looks like at present, if not your families long term footprint (your kids won’t be in day care forever) might be increasing if not.

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Joshua July 29, 2010 at 07:38

James,

Thanks for the comment! Yes, our new neighborhood is pretty walkable, actually. Reducing our car trips and using our bikes more often is a big part of how we’re decreasing our family’s footprint.

Cheers,
Joshua

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