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Old 07-29-08, 07:20 AM
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Wiping out the savings

Generally I don't drive. I'm tired of driving. My normal commute is 6 miles. I get 25 mpg at least. Say 4 commutes per gallon.

Today my son wants to go to work in our boat. The boat gets 3 mpg. So the commute takes 2 gallons. That's 8 days of bicycle commuting!

Pretty weird.

I'd put a "For Sale" sign on the boat, but I don't think I'd get any takers!
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Old 07-29-08, 07:54 AM
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I guess I'm missing something. Where are the bicycles in all this?
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Old 07-29-08, 08:22 AM
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Where does wiping out the savings come in? Also, what about selling the boat for more bike gear?
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Old 07-29-08, 08:43 AM
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I am confused...
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Old 07-29-08, 08:43 AM
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Get yourself one of these.
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Old 07-29-08, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by turkdc View Post
I am confused...
I think he's doing a "driving offset" by biking, similar to "carbon offset"....

He bikes for 4 days, he saves a gallon of gas.

He takes the boat for 1 day, that uses 2 gallons of gas and "wipes out" 8 days' worth of biking gas savings.

I do a similar "gas offset".... I took a car trip from Philly to Mystic CT in June, that was about 600 miles roundtrip of driving, but I save 53 miles of driving each day from bike-train commuting, so that vacation was "offset" by only 12 days of bike commuting.
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Old 07-29-08, 08:57 AM
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I wish I had the option to bike or boat to work!
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Old 07-29-08, 09:02 AM
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Sail.
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Old 07-29-08, 09:12 AM
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Sail.
+100000000000 to that.

Sailing. F.T.W.
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Old 07-29-08, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by harleyfrog View Post
Get yourself one of these.
I thought for sure you were gonna suggest one of these babies!
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Old 07-29-08, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by kidpurple View Post
I wish I had the option to bike or boat to work!
Move to Venice!
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Originally Posted by J.C. Koto View Post
I thought for sure you were gonna suggest one of these babies!
That'll work, too.
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Move to Venice!
Or the Florida Keys!


These are pretty slick too....

http://www.hobiecat.com/kayaking/index.html
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Originally Posted by cg1985 View Post
+100000000000 to that.

Sailing. F.T.W.
Swim!
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Paddle the boat, peddle the bike, 0 gallons total
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Sell the boat at dirt cheap and buy a kayak.
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Originally Posted by harleyfrog View Post
Get yourself one of these.
Canoeing is also good. Uses a whole different set of muscles.
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Old 07-30-08, 07:03 AM
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You can commute by boat? That's awesome. I'd get a canoe and give my arms a solid workout a day each week .

So what if it takes 2 hours to get to work!
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Tell the kid to get a kayak. Canoes are too slow and inefficient for commuting.

In downtown Manhattan, you'll most likely see canoists who only need to go a block or two. The kayakers on Wall Street are always in a hurry.

On a similar note, I wonder if I should be using mirrors on my kayak to be safe from motorists behind me.


On a serious note: He can take a boat to work? That's pretty cool. Is this the Tennessee River?
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Old 07-30-08, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by harleyfrog View Post
Get yourself one of these.
Can you put clipless pedals on that?
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Old 07-30-08, 09:13 AM
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Can you put clipless pedals on that?
Maybe you can take a pair of Speedplays, take them apart and epoxy them to the pedals. (Wait a moment, that sounds so crazy it just might work. )
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