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In the original Pokemon games, the bike costs a ridiculous amount of money. So after first encountering it you keep playing the game until you come across a man who has a bike voucher. My question is, can you instead earn enough money to purchase the bike, and get it that way as opposed to using the voucher?

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Remember that Pokémon isn't like other RPGs where you get money by fighting monsters. Not including fighting the Elite Four over and over, there's a finite amount of money available in the game. Since without the bike you're limited to the first few cities, that finite amount of money is even smaller, so even if you could get a million bucks, you still wouldn't be able to buy the bike. –  Jack M Aug 20 '13 at 20:56
    
@JackM: Not having the bike doesn't limit your progress; Cycling Road can be bypassed by traveling south from Lavender to Fuchsia instead. –  jwodder Feb 24 at 23:43
    
@JackM: Actually, at that point in the game you gain access to meowth, who learns that coin move, which provides infinite cash income. Later you gain access to the casino, where you can make coins, but TMs, and then sell the TMs, for an even slower source of infinite income. –  Mooing Duck Mar 1 at 22:40
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It is impossible, the bike costs 1,000,000, but you can only hold 999,999.

The Bike Shop has a store in Cerulean City, which sells Bicycles produced by the company. Designs range from a plain city bike to fast mountain bike; however the player only ever gets one: the Bicycle. It can be bought for 1,000,000, or exchanged for a Bike Voucher. However, as only 999,999 can be obtained at any time, there is no way to buy a Bicycle without a Bike Voucher. The Pokémon Fan Club Chairman in Vermilion City will give out his Bike Voucher, making this the only viable way to get the item.

Source: Cerulean City

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Thank god I didn't try this –  Jeff Sep 30 '11 at 1:29
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If this answers your question could you mark it with the green check? Not required, just a best practice. –  Rapida Sep 30 '11 at 2:41
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