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Austin agent building a brand around bicycles

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Whether motivated by concerns about the environment or the desire to save money, many people are driving less or giving up cars altogether.It might seem that real estate professionals -- who rely on their cars to get themselves and their clients to view homes in person -- have little leeway to make drastic changes in their mode of transportation.Shawn Monshaugen, a 33-year-old real estate agent in Austin, Texas, is out to dispel that notion. Nagged by a desire to reduce his environmental impact, Monshaugen had been thinking about giving up his Jeep Grand Cherokee for about four months, when an unexpected convergence of events helped him pull the trigger. Last October, a friend sent him a Facebook invitation to a traveling bike-centric event, Tour de Fat, hosted by Fort Collins, Colo.-based New Belgium Brewing Co. The climax of Tour de Fat events involves pledges by participants to go car-less for one year. Monshaugen sent his story in to the event coordinators. The next day, Oct. ...