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Old 04-17-2007, 08:38 AM   #1
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Work Drive Cut 3/5ths

After working 1/16th of a mile from a river trail for the last 4 years, it occured to me that that trail runs just 1 mile from my house. This trail provides a nice paved path for bikes, joggers, etc. So I decided to buy a hybrid bicycle (semi-mountain bike/road bike) and have decide to ride to work 3 days a week, thereby cutting out gas consumption by 60%, but the best thing about this is that I will be putting my body in better shape (cardio-vascular system). In financial terms I'll only be saving around $6 in fuel, as the drive from home to work is just 9 miles each way, but what compels me to do this primarily is the physical fitness aspects of riding a bike, and the fuel savings and the saving of wear & tear on the car are only secondary.

Anyone else people-power to work?
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:42 AM   #2
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I do: I roll out of bed and walk down the hall every morning

Seriously, nice to see someone making the switch from ICE to bike.

Have you seen this?

Electric bikes: Suitable Transportation? Of course, just ask Stephen Gale!

It's a great vid clip of an Australian who saves significant time riding his bike rather than driving his car on a busy urban commute.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfyJZ6lTm84
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:15 AM   #3
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Very cool! Right now I walk every where because I'm at school, so yay!
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I'm on my bike 3-5 times a week. No hybrid just all people power.

I went back and took a very quick look at the gaslog that showed when I joined the site I was driving 40 miles a day and my last fill was 28 miles a day. Woot
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I try to bike when I can. Most of my driving is flow long distance travel. The vast majority of my miles this year has been driving to various places around the country for work.
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sweet i wish i could do that. Its just to far for me tho.
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School is within a few miles from me

this is my ride - I guess it's a hybrid road - utility bike :P But there's instructions on how I made it in that link



I can carry lots of groceries with the inefficiency of long chain and lots of people staring at me :P What's great is that as long as I carry my chain cutting tool - I can convert that back to a road bike in less than 15 minutes (should I have to for some unforeseen reason).

Oh, and I do feel safe riding it - I ride on the (busy) roads on that thing
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^ My question is why?
I can carry all my groceries... and I can put my laptop over the back seat without it rubbing/interfering with the wheel....

think of it as a trailer - except it's more stable and you never have to hitch or unhitch or carry a trailer up to a second story apartment


I must admit though -- the concept is not my own....

http://www.xtracycle.com/sub.php
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I just put a stolen milk carton onto the back of my Motobecane. Works fine for me, and has plenty of room in it. I still don't see what the benefit of a longer wheelbase and increased weight would be other than some increased stability. I would feel safer in urban driving with something shorter so that I can get out of someone's way faster.
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I just put a stolen milk carton onto the back of my Motobecane. Works fine for me, and has plenty of room in it. I still don't see what the benefit of a longer wheelbase and increased weight would be other than some increased stability.
I had a toolbox on a seat post rack for awhile... It just didn't hold enough :P When I go shopping, I buy a lot and in bulk

The extra weight really isn't noticeable when you're hauling a month's worth of groceries or 180 pounds of extra passenger But yes, it is more stable -- but mostly because the CG is a little lower when loaded with stuff (compared to the toolbox)

But when I'm not hauling extra groceries and such.... It's just a work out -- I'll be that much faster on a lighter bike because I trained on a heavier one (if only :P). haha
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