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Old 04-26-05, 06:46 AM
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Woohoo For sure now I know I am going to be able to go the entire month of April without buying gas for my VW. This is a big step for me and honestly if my wife didn't use my car for a week I probably wouldn't have to buy gas in May either but I am down between 1/4 and 1/3 of a tank currently. I currently am driving my car MAYBE 2X per week mainly to evening volleyball matches and our season is about over.

Sorry I was just pumped when I realized April is about over.

Oh and this may not be a big deal for a lot of you but I just started riding again after 8 years off about 7 months ago and a year ago I never would have thought about riding to work in 30* temps with rain and snow coming down (as I did yesterday). I love what riding is doing to my body.
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Old 04-26-05, 07:07 AM
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Awesome! I haven't bought gas since the very beginning of April, and that's only because one of my buddies needed a ride to the airport. Worst experience of my life... Driving on the Capital Beltway during rush hour in the rain... a 3.5 hour drive that was all of 25 miles round trip. I could have done that on my bike in half the time... Less, even. The more I ride, the more I hate cars.
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Old 04-26-05, 07:18 AM
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you're right, is not a big deal.
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Congrats GC. My commute to work is pretty short, so I currently fill up about twice a month. I'm building up my commuter now, so if all goes well, I'll be in the same position by summer. What a feeling!
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Originally Posted by oaxacarider
you're right, is not a big deal.
Then why not celebrate the little things?

I haven't been riding long either but I noticed the other day while filling up the car that I only used about 12 gallons of gas in April (my fuel gauge is broken so I have to keep close tabs). I used to use more than that in a week, so I'm pretty happy with it.

Most of those 12 gallons were used to haul band equipment to a gig. I'm don't think my drummer is ready to tour on bikes. I can't say that I am either.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper

Oh and this may not be a big deal for a lot of you but I just started riding again after 8 years off about 7 months ago and a year ago I never would have thought about riding to work in 30* temps with rain and snow coming down (as I did yesterday). I love what riding is doing to my body.
Sounds like a pretty big deal to me! Nice going.
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Old 04-26-05, 01:14 PM
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Good on you Grasschopper.

I have not purchased gas for the car in 6 months, Just hang in there.

The one thing, I would like to see is a way to stop buying fuel oil in the winter. I have a wood stove and feel guilty for cutting down treees to heat my house. I use the wood just for back up and very cold nights.
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What's wrong with cutting down trees? A new cord of wood can be replenished much faster than a barrel of oil. With trees you can plant a replacement crop, try doing that with your oil.
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Congrats! I don't have a car to even purchase gas! Yay me!



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Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
What's wrong with cutting down trees? A new cord of wood can be replenished much faster than a barrel of oil. With trees you can plant a replacement crop, try doing that with your oil.
I guess I'm a tree hugger... They're alive man! They give us good air to breathe! Trees are your friends!

The oil's already mostly dead...
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I guess I'm a tree hugger... They're alive man! They give us good air to breathe! Trees are your friends!

The oil's already mostly dead...
Think of it as sacrificing itself for the greater good.
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
Congrats! I don't have a car to even purchase gas! Yay me!



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Yea if I lived in a major city I wouldn't have a car either, between public transit and cycling in the city I could do it but I live out here in the sticks of central PA. I went for a ride last week and for a 60 min stretch on 2 different roads I saw a TOTAL of 3 moving cars and less than 20 people all of whom (other than the 3 drivers) were fishing. So my point is out here I need a car some times. but a lot less lately.
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Public transit in Chicago is moderately extensive, but I would not touch that unless I just had no other choice or unless I was going really far out there. I wish I had your problem. I see 3 cars every nanosecond in downtown Chicago!

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My main concern with biking to work is showing up sweaty and sitting around in that funk all day.
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Wet wipes. They even have some that smell like men's soap and aftershave.

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Congrats on your reduced gas dependency!

I'm another car-less city dweller, but I still got in the habit of riding the bus last winter. Since getting back into the swing of things, I've only used the bus once - on Monday, when I brought a guitar I agreed to sell up into town, and planned on coming home with an un-bikeable amount of stuff.
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
Public transit in Chicago is moderately extensive, but I would not touch that unless I just had no other choice or unless I was going really far out there. I wish I had your problem. I see 3 cars every nanosecond in downtown Chicago!

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Here you go Koffee a couple of photos from said ride. What a day it was.
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Wow. I need to get out of the city more.
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Wow. I need to get out of the city more.
Miles of good road here and I am only 3-3.5 hours from you. And I KNOW you don't have to come the whole way here to get away from Philia.
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I have not bought gas in 1 year and 2 months, it's nice very nice.

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Originally Posted by Gojohnnygo.
Good on you Grasschopper.

I have not purchased gas for the car in 6 months, Just hang in there.

The one thing, I would like to see is a way to stop buying fuel oil in the winter. I have a wood stove and feel guilty for cutting down treees to heat my house. I use the wood just for back up and very cold nights.
I believe there are adapter kits to convert your woodstove to burn processed wood pellets. They're made from scraps from wood processing, so no waste. Very efficient burn too from what I understand.
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Filled up for the first time in three months Wednesday night. Feels damn good in a schadenfreude kind of way to hear folks complain about gas prices. Doesn't feel good to consider how it affects other parts of our economy though.

geeklpc1985, you carless?
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Here you go Koffee a couple of photos from said ride. What a day it was.

Aw man! That looked so good. I can't wait to get to that kind of riding!

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Originally Posted by gcasillo
geeklpc1985, you carless?

I don't use a car but I have access to car. I haven't use a car in 1 year and 2 months and counting.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Here you go Koffee a couple of photos from said ride. What a day it was.
A couple of my ride photos are attached. I enjoy countryside rides, but there's something to be said for urban riding also.

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