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How green is your cycling habit?

Old 04-02-08, 04:10 PM
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How green is your cycling habit?

Anytime you ride a bicycle, you're building up some serious green karma, and we salute you. But there's green and then there's really green. Pick the answers that most closely fit your cycling style and find out just how green your bicycle riding really is.

Interesting quiz from the Sierra Club: https://www.sierraclub.org/howgreen/bikeride/

I got a 91 - guess my fredilicious dynohub & steel bike are way green. Not owning a car helps too.
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Old 04-02-08, 04:13 PM
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So does driving 80 miles in an SUV so you can ride 60 miles on a bicycle count against you?
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Old 04-02-08, 04:16 PM
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Your score: 88 out of 100 points.
American Flyer (80-100 points):
You're truly using your bicycle to save the planet. Keep pedaling!
Not bad.
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I got an 80. A lightweight bike with comfortable clothing counts against you.
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Wait. A bike under 20 pounds is minus points? This is stupid.
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Old 04-02-08, 04:27 PM
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82 for me, although honestly I wouldn't consider myself a "green" cyclist. I think the 80%+ should be given to those using their bikes as the main mode of transportation.
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Old 04-02-08, 04:33 PM
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Your score: 83 out of 100 points.
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You're truly using your bicycle to save the planet. Keep pedaling!

I guess I am pretty green for being black

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Old 04-02-08, 04:35 PM
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+1 it's not green at all unless it serves a purpose.

Unless it's an offsetting argument... "I used to smelt aluminum at weekends before I discovered cycling"

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93. Apparently I should be using rechargeable batteries in my Superflash (which I will do, if the alkalines it came with ever die). On the other hand, they will only pry my aerodynamic miracle fibers from my cold dead hands.

And as I'm planning to do some *gasp* recreational riding after purchasing a *gasp* nice new road machine this summer, my green cycling rating is about to plummet like a rock.
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Old 04-02-08, 04:41 PM
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79. This test seems biased toward commuters and away from road nazis. Interesting...
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Old 04-02-08, 04:45 PM
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So you guys are frequenting an organizations web site that wants to make mountain biking illegal???

Know what you are supporting before you support it.
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Originally Posted by Ed Holland View Post
+1 it's not green at all unless it serves a purpose.

Unless it's an offsetting argument... "I used to smelt aluminum at weekends before I discovered cycling"

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Old 04-02-08, 04:50 PM
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Most ridiculous part:
When it starts to get dark I...
Your Answer: Don't ride my bike.
5 out of 10 points.

Pardon me? I do all my training rides during the day, so I don't use ANY electricity while riding EVER. I understand that they assume I'm substituting driving at night for riding at night, but that's wrong.
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84, using stats for my main bike. Too bad you can't factor in all your cycling styles.

Edit: Bah, my partner got 100%. She's way more green than me!
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Old 04-02-08, 04:55 PM
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The where do you ride question is kind of stupid. I ride on deserted country roads because I live in Iowa and the roads for the most part are pretty deserted and in the country.
I got an 87
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Originally Posted by clichty View Post
The where do you ride question is kind of stupid. I ride on deserted country roads because I live in Iowa and the roads for the most part are pretty deserted and in the country.
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Seeing a discrepancy.
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Your score: 93 out of 100 points.
American Flyer (80-100 points):
You're truly using your bicycle to save the planet. Keep pedaling!

Scoring so high on a Sierra Club test makes me want to hurl though. I am not riding my bike to save the planet, I ride it to save myself.
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Originally Posted by Avalanche325 View Post
So you guys are frequenting an organizations web site that wants to make mountain biking illegal???

Know what you are supporting before you support it.
This isn't a thread asking for Sierra Club donations! I just thought it was an interesting quiz, sorry to waste your time.. Perhaps HUMMER has a better quiz? I mean they're at least for mountain-biking, right?!

For the record, here's Sierra's off-road biking policy. Looks a bit more nuanced than "let's make mountain biking illegal.." And since it's from 1994 I don't think they're really gotten anywhere with it. Just sayin.
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84. but if my bike spewed giant plumes of black smoke, pretty sure i'd still ride it.
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Is this green enough?



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Is this green enough?



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Any excuse to show off the new bike.
But of course!

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I got a 71. But if you really know how "green" is my cycling habit, pictures speak louder than words.

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If it is the quiz I did through another forum, I don't like the way it is set up ... does this one ask what our main type of cycling is, what we do with our main type of cycling?

My problem with it is that I do all sorts of different kinds of cycling. My main type of cycling might be long distance cycling (which apparently isn't very green), but I also commute (and that is apparently green).

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Originally Posted by mattm View Post
For the record, here's Sierra's off-road biking policy. Looks a bit more nuanced than "let's make mountain biking illegal.."
Agreed. Even a cursory read of that document should be enough to ascertain that it is aimed at fostering responsible use rather than aimed at outlawing an activity.


I scored an 89, by the way, after amending a response when I realised that their definitions of 'neighbourhood' and 'country road' are inadequate to describe my riding. The country roads most of my riding occurs on start about 150 metres from my front gate! I'll score higher when I finally get around to fitting the bike with lights, I'd imagine.


It's a rather meaningless test, as most online tests are, but it's a fun diversion.
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