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 Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

 09-02-05, 06:57 PM #1 bike756 Hair Free Thread Starter     Join Date: May 2005 Location: Massillon, Ohio Bikes: specialized allez with misc. upgrades,commuter mtb Posts: 378 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) How many MPG does your bike get? If you drank a gallon of vegetable oil, how far would you have to ride to burn off the calories? I have calculated a gallon of pure vegetable oil at 30,719.992 calories. Assume ideal road conditions;flat ground, no wind, riding at 20 mph solo or 30mph in a paceline(highway mileage) Can someone do the math? Any volunteer guiney pigs?
 09-02-05, 07:12 PM #2 mirona I can't find my pants     Join Date: Nov 2003 Location: UMASS, Amherst/ Swick, MA Bikes: 07 Specialized Langster Comp,06 Kona King Zing, 06 Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc; 03 LOOK KG461;(destroyed by suv); 85 Panasonic Team America; 73 Peugeot U0-8; 94 Balance Super B BMX; 04 Diamondback Outlook MTB, Diamondback DBR DH Posts: 2,331 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) I guess I can do the experimental part (sorry, no idea how to do the math) when it gets a bit cooler out. I'll bring my bike to the track and down some vegetable oil while the old ladies give me funny looks.
09-02-05, 07:13 PM   #3
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 Originally Posted by bike756 If you drank a gallon of vegetable oil, how far would you have to ride to burn off the calories? I have calculated a gallon of pure vegetable oil at 30,719.992 calories. Assume ideal road conditions;flat ground, no wind, riding at 20 mph solo or 30mph in a paceline(highway mileage) Can someone do the math? Any volunteer guiney pigs?
Well if it was olive oil, we have a different situation.

*throws up in mouth from the thought*
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 09-02-05, 07:15 PM #4 4SEVEN3 Senior Member     Join Date: Dec 2003 Location: Greensboro NC Bikes: Trek 4300 converted into SS, Mongoose Cannan Elite, GT Pro Carbon Posts: 551 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) If you were truly eco friendly, you would use waist fryer oil from McDonalds. That is what all these deisel guys are doing!
09-02-05, 07:29 PM   #5
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 Originally Posted by ChainRing If you were truly eco friendly, you would use waist fryer oil from McDonalds. That is what all these deisel guys are doing!
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 09-02-05, 07:36 PM #6 Blackberry In Memory of One Cool Cat     Join Date: Feb 2004 Location: Charlottesville, VA Bikes: Lemond Victoire, Cannondale.Mountain Bike, two 1980s lugged steel Treks, ancient 1980-something Giant mountain bike converted into a slick tired commuter with mustache handlebars, 1960-something Raleigh Sports Posts: 2,722 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) Could you re-pose the question using Chianti Classico as the basis for your metrics. Thank you. __________________ Dead last finish is better than did not finish and infinitely better than did not start.
 09-02-05, 07:40 PM #7 Patriot Faith-Vigilance-Service     Join Date: Jul 2004 Location: Port Orchard, WA Bikes: Trinity, Paradisus, Centurion, Mongoose, Trek Posts: 8,330 Mentioned: 1 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) Well, you probably burn around 800 calories per hour (guessing) in those conditions. So, you could ride for about 38.4 hours. That means you would get about 768 miles per gallon of oil. Not that I would try to ride all day drinking vegetable oil. BLEH!!! __________________ President, OCP --"Will you have some tea... at the theatre with me?"--
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 Originally Posted by bike756 If you drank a gallon of vegetable oil, how far would you have to ride to burn off the calories? I have calculated a gallon of pure vegetable oil at 30,719.992 calories. Assume ideal road conditions;flat ground, no wind, riding at 20 mph solo or 30mph in a paceline(highway mileage) Can someone do the math? Any volunteer guiney pigs?
On flats at 20 mph you would have to bike 2985 miles.

 09-02-05, 07:49 PM #9 hi565 By-Tor...or the Snow Dog?     Join Date: Oct 2004 Location: Ma Bikes: Bianchi Cross Concept, Flyte Srs-3 Posts: 6,481 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) you would have to work pretty damn low intensities to burn the oil. Because if you were kicking your ass your buring carbs, and a little fat. So... __________________ ----------------------------------------------------------
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 Originally Posted by Patriot Well, you probably burn around 800 calories per hour (guessing) in those conditions. So, you could ride for about 38.4 hours. That means you would get about 768 miles per gallon of oil. Not that I would try to ride all day drinking vegetable oil. BLEH!!!
By your calculations, I could do a double century on a quart of oil. This is very interesting. I should try this sometime.

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09-02-05, 09:31 PM   #12
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 09-02-05, 09:43 PM #14 Dchiefransom Senior Member     Join Date: Jan 2003 Location: Newark, CA. San Francisco Bay Area Bikes: Posts: 6,205 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 7 Post(s) I'd get less, with a smaller motor pushing a larger load. I wonder if those of us in the 50+ forum should use the "High Mileage" vegetable oil for engines that have seen quite a bit of use/abuse.
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 Originally Posted by CPcyclist or wash the shorts
My friend, after downing a gallon of vegatable oil one does not wash anything, you either burn the clothing or bury it deep in the ground. HAZMAT

 09-02-05, 11:12 PM #16 EventServices Announcer     Join Date: Jan 2005 Location: Detroit's North Side. Bikes: Many Posts: 5,079 Mentioned: 2 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 10 Post(s) How did the OP arrive at veg oil, of all things? Why not a carload of tiramisu? Anyway, I've always heard that a racing cyclist burns an average of 1200 calories per hour. I have it in a book somewhere, but i can't footnote it.
 09-02-05, 11:15 PM #17 No Exit Senior Member   Join Date: Aug 2005 Location: Herndon, VA Bikes: 05 Fuji Pro, 06 Mercier Serpens, 00 Ducati 750ss Posts: 592 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) This is a FUNNY thread. Seriously, i dont know about chugging... but if someone had a gallon and had a few tablespoons every hour, it might work. You'd be able to acutally use the stuff instead of going into convulsions from disgust and purging it everywhere.
 09-02-05, 11:19 PM #18 rOOster14 anything but last     Join Date: Jan 2005 Location: Chagrin Falls, Ohio Bikes: Cannondale caad9 full duraace`, trek soho singlespeed...cross bike coming soon. Posts: 538 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) ...well, if you consumed a gallon of pure vegetable oil, you probably wont think about how many miles to burn it, but how many miles to the emergency room to pump it out. -rOOster-
 09-02-05, 11:37 PM #19 hypersnazz "Uh-uh. Respek Knuckles."     Join Date: Jun 2005 Location: CA Bikes: '06 LeMond Versailles, '04 S&M Beringer, '03 Quamen Bowls, '68 Raleigh Grand Prix (converted to fixed gear) Posts: 1,094 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) I think the environmental impact from all the flatulence and eventual diarrhea would negate any benefits to using pure vegetable oil as cycling fuel.
 09-02-05, 11:50 PM #20 Medpilot BOATS AND HOES!     Join Date: Jun 2005 Location: Gilbert, AZ Bikes: Madone Posts: 666 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) I think the oil would pass through your system before your body had a chance to extract / convert all the calories into energy. Who’s going to be the first to volunteer for this experiment?
 09-02-05, 11:52 PM #21 Urban Shooter Senior Member     Join Date: Jul 2005 Location: Beaverton, Oregon Bikes: 2006 Gary Fisher Opie, 1980's Fuji Grand SE Posts: 608 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) Ok, this is the last time I am visiting this thread, I actually vomitted in my mouth the last time. This whole chugging a gallon of vegatable oil thing is actually pretty gross. Murrffawwggg!
 09-02-05, 11:57 PM #22 No Exit Senior Member   Join Date: Aug 2005 Location: Herndon, VA Bikes: 05 Fuji Pro, 06 Mercier Serpens, 00 Ducati 750ss Posts: 592 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) Honestly, I take a tablespoon of plain flaxseed oil in the morning... if I was anywhere close to being able to ride that long, I'd volunteer... it'd have to be canola though I think and I'd have to do it in small increments. But we'd all see how far a gallon of oil would get us.
 09-03-05, 12:20 AM #23 flyingasics Senior Member   Join Date: Aug 2004 Location: Alabama Bikes: Posts: 258 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) Its like the gallon challenge with milk? Could you put down a gallon of veg. oil in an hour? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember OLN giving a random fact that some of the racers consumed a couple thousand calories a day none from meat at that.
 09-03-05, 12:40 AM #24 Wil Davis Curmudgeon     Join Date: Aug 2005 Location: Nausea, New Hamster Bikes: (see http://wildavis.smugmug.com/Bikes) Bianchi Veloce (2005), Nishiki Cascade (1992), Schwinn Super Sport (1983) Posts: 1,572 Mentioned: 0 Post(s) Tagged: 0 Thread(s) Quoted: 0 Post(s) Many years ago I remember reading about a study which was done on the efficiency of the bicycle, and the figure they came up with was that a cyclist travelling 2000 miles uses about the same amount of energy as is available in one gallon (Imperial) of gasoline. - Wil
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 Originally Posted by EventServices Why not a carload of tiramisu?
That would likely exceed 30,000 calories, and I'd enjoy every single one.