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Old 11-14-2006, 09:41 AM   #11
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I WILL be making one of these. I have some spare 26" wheels They might be tall but will do the job.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:48 AM   #12
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Nope, the trailer has made things lower in the MPG sense, not the L/100 km sense.

Because of the trailer, I use less fuel overall, true (and that's the important fact).

But by omitting some local driving (where I achieve my highest MPG figures), my driving is further biased towards highway use. As a result of the higher proportion of (lower MPG) highway driving, my calculated MPG for a given tank is lower than it would have otherwise been had I just driven the car locally instead of using the bike/trailer.
Ah! I guess I should have read the article before I made myself look like a fool
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:45 AM   #13
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Ah! I guess I should have read the article before I made myself look like a fool
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Old 11-14-2006, 11:05 AM   #14
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You must be in good shape. I have a rack and bags on my trek 7100 and it easily gets me winded. Its a nice aluminum framed hybrid.
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Old 11-14-2006, 11:09 AM   #15
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Not really. I just take it easy - it's all about the gearing

Plus, you don't want to be going too fast with 130 lbs worth of transmissions held on with bungee cords behind you.
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:07 PM   #16
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Not really. I just take it easy - it's all about the gearing

Plus, you don't want to be going too fast with 130 lbs worth of transmissions held on with bungee cords behind you.

If you get one of those bicycle odometers, you can measure how far you drive your bike, then add that into a new car in your garage (total travel/fuel) and see how much gas your saving by using the bicycle! I"m planning on doing this too.
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:13 PM   #17
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Neat idea. What's the "equivalent MPG" formula for bicycling though?

I actually did estimate how much I've used my beater bike since the beginning of this summer. It's approx 400 km of local trips.
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:51 PM   #18
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... you don't want to be going too fast with 130 lbs worth of transmissions held on with bungee cords behind you.
Chicken... (j/k)

(heck, that statement holds true for a stationwagon as well!)
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Old 11-14-2006, 01:53 PM   #19
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Darin is just the coolest, end of story.

Anyway, I think someone posted a people/mpg thing a while back based on energy use.
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Old 11-14-2006, 04:21 PM   #20
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It looks like you could use some new handlebar tape and maybe a shiny new seat for your bike.

I might make something like darin did or I might build a one wheel trailer like this:

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