lost car in accident, only got 4k for insurance and with covid used car market prices that shit wont get me anything. i looked for alternative methods of transportation, initially a motor cycle but then saw videos talking about ebike/scooter stuff and was intrigued.
weird as it may sound, i tried walking around for once to get places and saw a dude with a bicycle, i could barely hear the e-bike motor as he went by and thought "wow that fucker is moving right along where as it takes me like 1h to walk 3-4 miles wtf"
im a fatso so i wasnt sure about a bike, i settled on an ebike that could carry my mass because i didnt know if i could actually cycle 3-5 miles since i havent been on a bike since i was a teenager, i assumed the worst in myself+had no frame of reference for my capabilities. I could get a fancy new ebike for up to 4,000$ or a shitty used garbo car for 8,000-11,000$ so I went with something new+ less expensive to maintain.
riding around my city in the usa via bicycle is pretty wild. im not saying im better than anyone or that everyone else is wrong, but i realized how different i viewed moving around compared to my family/friends when they would pick me up + we went somewhere. like getting into a car limits your view so much, its so quiet and isolated, you have heat/cooling. there is so much fucking power/mass behind this vehicle and it holds so much compared to my bike w/ a basket + 2 bags + you have to pay insurance and gas and get fucked by traffic a lot I tried to explain this to my family every so often and they just shrug like im a mad man.
idgaf about environmental stuff but when i really thought about how overkill it is to use a car (for my situation&most ppls I think) i started to question transportation in general. i've lost 15 LBS riding a bike and i haven't tried that hard to eat less. Im not sure im “radicalized” but man cars seem pretty fucking dumb the more my 330 pound ass gets around on a bike well enough.