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rino's Avatar Picture rino – December 09, 2007 10:14AM Reply Quote
As started by Binky in land of old ...

A place to discuss your wheels!

"Use your wheels, that is what they are for." - Hawkwind

El Jeffe – May 11, 2008 06:48AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I know that. 60 compared to 230.
I'm already driving UNDER the speed limit now. Test-driving cheap, Hi Mileage stuff.

ddt – May 11, 2008 08:42AM Reply Quote
ah, cool. i know plenty of people who've been waiting for that; in california, there were issues with waiting for low-sulfur diesel. there's also a hot market for old tdis, which many people have modified for biodiesel.


El Jeffe – May 11, 2008 09:21AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
okay, where do people get their bio diesel? And is the extra work worth the trouble?

rino – May 11, 2008 08:13PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
There will be a lack of used cooking oil for those french fry heads who convert old nazi sleds ... I have a friend who did so with a 300d from the early 80s. He installed a two stage filtration system in his basement. Comes home with cooking oil from the college's dining hall.

But -- that's not bio-diesel. He buys a bit of bio-diesel from a guy down the way (this is nigh central maine mind you) who does small batch bio-diesel out of various parts. When you convert a diesel to run off cooking oil one needs regular diesel to warm things up in the cold winter months since the viscosity of the cooking oil is what, near 10-40 motor oil (just guessing here) whereas diesel pours nicely in comparison.

So the cool thing is two fold:
1. he drives a car that smells like french fries
2. he is totally off the tit of the Islamic/US/General Whack Job State (sorry Canada, I know you serve us too) Big Oil for his transportation.

Something's got to give... but in the meantime isn't it fun to hear GWB say the word "switchgrass"?

p.s. we just drove our 12 yr old Jeep 280 miles round trip to Boston/Charlestown and Stoughton this weekend. All of oh 17mpg I'm estimating.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/11/2008 08:14PM by rino.

tliet – May 11, 2008 11:58PM Reply Quote
I have high hopes for the bio diesel from algae development. That makes sense on so many levels; algae can be grown on or near a wastewater treatment site, where it works both ways (it helps cleaning the water for a start) and the algae can absorb high amounts of CO2 (which can be collected from coal fired power plants and injected).

El Jeffe – May 12, 2008 04:38AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
and it's the first three letters of mr environment.

Al G.

Cloudscout – May 12, 2008 03:38PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Just don't plan on using any of those "clean" fuels in California. You'd think California would be the LEADERS when it came to having AltFuel-friendly legislation.

ghidorah – May 13, 2008 09:36AM Reply Quote
Raise taxes on cavemen. --jw
this looks fun! And much less painful then riding my upright. OTOH, I'll never have that kind of money to throw around.

ddt – May 13, 2008 10:07AM Reply Quote
(breathing slowly and deeply) all bikes are beautiful... all bikes are beautiful... .


ghidorah – May 13, 2008 11:39AM Reply Quote
Raise taxes on cavemen. --jw
ok so its not for the purists, but i simply cant ride a traditional bike with my tailbone fucked up like it is.

ddt – May 13, 2008 11:53AM Reply Quote
yeah, robb -- no worries. it's great anyone gets out there.


El Jeffe – May 13, 2008 03:52PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
ddt can't save face now

ghidorah – May 14, 2008 01:52AM Reply Quote
Raise taxes on cavemen. --jw
well to be fair, it looks better in something other then strawberry pink.

stan adams – May 14, 2008 09:56AM Reply Quote
I have a couple of problems with trikes.

#1 AWFULLY goddamned hard to blame a truck or even car for squashing you like a bug when your brain may in fact be below the centerline of their wheels.

#2 Take a lot of room on the bike rack and have tricky cargo system so that they are not real good for commuting.

#3 Most people that you see on them look exactly like these guy:

Now I have no problem with guys that look like that, I just don't want to be one anytime soon...

El Jeffe – May 14, 2008 02:11PM Reply Quote
What a journey.

so, using some of the same args, you advocate unicycles? :)

stan adams – May 14, 2008 02:24PM Reply Quote
Well, let's see:

On point #1 I've got to admit that no truck save Bigfoot will have wheels with centerlines above the unicyclist's head

Point #2, really good on the bike rack parking efficency, and no worse than having a backpack, so the commuting angle is thumbs up.

But point #3 is a major loser in terms "typical unicyclist" appearance:

El Jeffe – May 14, 2008 04:31PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
somehow I see the unicyclist approaching the tricyclist, not seeing him bumping into him, falling over and a yin-yang inspired hilarity ensures. In fact, switch out a gender, and it's the perfect marital sport.

stan adams – May 14, 2008 07:27PM Reply Quote
They both have impressive facial hair...

ghidorah – May 15, 2008 08:04AM Reply Quote
Raise taxes on cavemen. --jw
hope the plan to bring Burley recumbants out of mothballs comes to fruition. That might be more within reach.

John Willoughby – May 15, 2008 05:31PM Reply Quote
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I am burly and recumbant.

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