My Frugal Life: Car Free

What I have done for years is be car free. I have been riding my recumbent tricycle almost everywhere I go. That is, unless it rains. My Frugal LifeThen I either stay home or, if I'm out and see someone who works in a gas station, I ask them for one of their large 50 gallon trash bags and that becomes a poor man's poncho.


Like I said, I ride my recumbent trike every or almost everywhere. I've been as close as Buck Creek State Park and as far as Loveland, Ohio. For years what I've done is if I can, I pack my lunch for a small picnic on the bike path or go to the Buck Creek State Park and sit and eat, then come home. For hot (and I do mean HOT) weather, put some water in a soda bottle if you have them and freeze them. Put them in either a backpack or, if you have a water bottle cage, put one in the cage and keep one in the backpack.

What I've also done for years if you are tired of your back hurting from a standard mattress, purchase an air mattress. Just don't let your cat, dog or anyone who may have sharp objects sit on it. Oh and for patching it, use the patch that comes with it. Or buy a patch kit at Wal-Mart.


I've gone to a staycation place for years, not too thrifty but fun. The Greene Trails Cycling Classic: 4 days of nothing but riding your bicycle. If you are a roller blader or skater, you can join us crazy people who like to ride.

By bentcrazy39 from Springfield, OH

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June 25, 20100 found this helpful

It is really hard to be car free in the suburbs with no bus transportation. Here in Florida, there are very few "walking" (or triking) communities. I wish it were different. We would be a healthier and greener society.

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

I am going to look into this, I never thought seriously about it but I am now. I don't like bikes since I fell once in front of a truck. LOL. This is a great tip! I can't use it every where but I could go to the dollar store etc in it and every little bit helps!

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

You could try contacting your local County Commisioners in your part of Florida, and request public transportation. We didn't have it in our part of Florida, but now we have buses and bus stops, and it's very helpful for kids who ride buses to school and others who don't own cars.

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

What about work? You can't ride a bike to work and be all sweaty and stinky.

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

Jet wash from Hostel Shoppe or you Local bike shop.

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

Nice to hear from another recumbent rider! I ride as much as I can, but the drivers here have no respect for bikes and the city doesn't keep the sidewalks in decent order. I've uploaded a photo of my bike (EX Sports AX) and my best buddy. What kind of trike do you ride?

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

On the contrary, paulajeromeg, if you have farther than a mile or so to ride, change your clothes when you get to work. I've done this for years in a number of different positions from customer service to working in an accounting office.

Here are just a few bicycle commuting friendly websites with tips and links:


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