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dshpipes

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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:00 am

Rob, that sounds like a beautiful journey! I love taking long meandering rides like that. It really cleanses the soul.

Now your get around town scooter sounds like a great ride, but just imagine how epic a journey you would've had if you were rockin' the quality bike I've got.

Check it out. 2006 model. This baby will get you there and back and the gas mileage is pretty impressive. Just be prepared to pack a lunch.
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:10 am

UberHuberMan wrote:
Rob, that sounds like a beautiful journey! I love taking long meandering rides like that. It really cleanses the soul.

Now your get around town scooter sounds like a great ride, but just imagine how epic a journey you would've had if you were rockin' the quality bike I've got.

Check it out. 2006 model. This baby will get you there and back and the gas mileage is pretty impressive. Just be prepared to pack a lunch.

I tell you, Dave, it was a blast. Just the thought of a 50cc engine (1/3 the displacement of my push mower) propelling me effortlessly on a 160+ mile round trip, more than once - that was the challenge and what made it so fun. Of course we are all familiar with 'Honda Reliability', and that engine has been around for YEARS. They just added water jackets and made it liquid cooled. Naturally this will only prolong the life of that near-bulletproof engine. Many Metropolitan & Ruckus (same engine) owners report over 30k miles on them before the engine ever has to be touched. That's Effin Crazy!

It's really a lot of fun. I never realized how much scenery you miss when driving at highway speeds.


Nice bike BTW. I really got into biking years ago, and i've been thinking about it a lot here lately. I might have to dig mine out of the shed and get it road-ready again.
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:31 am

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It's really a lot of fun. I never realized how much scenery you miss when driving at highway speeds.

This. So much of this. And the smells too.

Last summer was when I really got into my bike. I spent 3 months in Cortland, NY where I worked as a sound designer for a summer stock theatre there. Cortland is in between Syracuse and Ithaca and as such is surrounded by 30+ miles of scenic roadways in all directions. For most of the summer, I was doing 8 to 30 miles 3 or 4 times a week. Biking in an area like that can make you never want to leave.

Biking in Chicago is fine, but it's not soul cleansing like riding in the hills of upstate NY was.

Rob_In_MO wrote:
Nice bike BTW. I really got into biking years ago, and i've been thinking about it a lot here lately. I might have to dig mine out of the shed and get it road-ready again.

I highly recommend it. To me, nothing feels better than setting up camp or crashing in your bed after a nice 30+ mile bike ride. There's just something satisfying about covering a distance like that under your own power that makes you feel like you could do anything.

Plus it's fun as hell.
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:02 am

Ruckus scoots are awesome, by the way. Cool

You know, I always find it amusing the urbanophiles that proudly take pictures of themselves eating some hand-picked, $20 vegan salad, showing off their bicycles and patting themselves on the back that they huff and pedal through the smog-choked metropolitan areas they live, saying "...if only EVERYONE was like us." (Not you guys, but you know the type.)

Then there's the hybrid owner, state job, with obligatory custom smug license plate, the hippie modern version of the stock broker from 1988 with the red Ferrari--both doing so well in their time they can afford to look down their nose on everyone else that isn't rollin' like 'em. One is rich in pocket, the other rich in "heart." (Again, not you guys, but when I saw a Prius with a plate with the words "MY PART" on them, I kind of wanted to go buy some veal and throw batteries in the river.)

Not everyone works and lives in cities. The thought of the elimination of the combustion engine (especially before something comparable or better is developed) makes me giggle. I can definitely leave a production industry and go sell my art on the sidewalks...it has a lovely retirement plan. Laughing

Sorry, just had to give you city slickers some guff. lol! I'm for saving on gas and cleaning up the air, but I can't help but wonder what kind of muffler I could develop for some folks' egos and if there's a catalytic converter for trendy ideas masquerading as solutions.

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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:31 am

EVERYONE has justifications for whatever they do, however they do it! That's just life Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:00 pm

monbla256 wrote:
EVERYONE has justifications for whatever they do, however they do it! That's just life Razz

Nope. Some people are quite comfortable in their own lack of reasoning due to lack of thought or observation. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:52 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
(Again, not you guys, but when I saw a Prius with a plate with the words "MY PART" on them, I kind of wanted to go buy some veal and throw batteries in the river.)
My mother was fond of yelling at people like that Prius owner, "Get off the cross, honey, we need the wood."

On the flipside, I am fond of the Prius owners who keep a sense of humor about it. My friend has a white Prius with the full-size longhorns attached to the front, a la a J.R. Ewing Caddy. The good people of New Jersey don't know what to make of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:11 pm

Hahaha Doc, that's pretty funny. I'm glad I'm not the only one that sees the Prius as the rolling church from which to preach. Laughing Good on yer mum. Have you ever overheard proud Prius owners patting each other on the back? "I got 55 MPG the other day... " "...well, I got 57...." Similar conversations I've overheard are guys that talk about how big the wheels on their truck are. Too funny.

The Prius isn't at fault, though. It's a pretty neat example of innovation and technology. Personally, if money were no object, I'd install a 350 in the back and make a FunnyPrius (something like that has to have been done already). Overall, they're cooler and more practical than a Smart Car.

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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:17 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
The Prius isn't at fault, though. It's a pretty neat example of innovation and technology. Personally, if money were no object, I'd install a 350 in the back and make a FunnyPrius (something like that has to have been done already). Overall, they're cooler and more practical than a Smart Car.
You just loved that scene in Harold & Maude where he chops the MG into a hearse, didn't you? (I did.)

I hate the smug mileage braggarts, with the exception of people who have gone Full Engineer on the issue and have started modding their Prii to get ludicrous efficiency. I read about a guy with an older (relatively!) Prius who built his own battery cutover switch (so he could switch to battery for a few seconds when coasting at high speed) and installed a battery-only, retractable fifth wheel, which he'd engage when he needed a little extra pop to go uphill at low speed but didn't want to put the pedal down too much. I've seen pics of aftermarket solar-panel strapped hybrid, too. Once you hit the "Mythbusters" degree of tinkering, it switches back from annoying to endearing.
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:20 pm

Prius, Prius, Prius...


My '99 Metro got 40-mpg in town and 50-mpg on the highway if I watched how I drove it.
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:21 pm

I did like that Harold & Maude scene...I'm pretty transparent. lol!

Yeah, some Prius modders have done fascinating, cool things. Anyone willing to tinker and make a better wheel (or set of them) to whatever their fancy is, is okay in my book. Cool

Now, for my all-electric AMC Gremlin...
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:54 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:


Not everyone works and lives in cities. The thought of the elimination of the combustion engine (especially before something comparable or better is developed) makes me giggle. I can definitely leave a production industry and go sell my art on the sidewalks...it has a lovely retirement plan. Laughing


OK, now that there is funny and made me LOL. Good one Kyle!

My, how this thread has taken a twist and turn. And here in my area the price of regular just dropped to $3.88. Which is still at least .50/gal more than most of the rest of youse guys!

Evil or Very Mad


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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:48 am

Down to $3.10 today. This is better, but it still has a way to go...
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:20 am

I hope it's gone down enough to ease the mileage I'm taking (0.555 cents) for my trip to the boondocks for work today through Thursday... Neutral I haven't checked a local station lately.
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:22 pm

Just filled up my mother's car, was $3.02/gal. looks like it's goin' down around here Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:51 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Now, for my all-electric AMC Gremlin...
Just hook up a dynamo to George Romney spinning in his grave when he hears that... you won't even have to pay for the juice.
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PostSubject: Gas Prices in SE Tennessee   Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:00 am

...Yesterday, I paid $2.96 per gallon here in SE Tennessee! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:33 pm

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...Yesterday, I paid $2.96 per gallon here in SE Tennessee! Very Happy

Damn, that's almost a buck less than here!

Shocked



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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:40 pm

You guys have it pretty darned good south of the 49th in my book. I rushed out to fill up last night on cheap gas at $1.359 per litre ($5.144/gallon); thereby avoiding todays jump to $1.421/l ($5.479/gallon) that hit Vancouver, British Columbia (prices for regular).
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:46 pm

Down to $3.05 when I went to pay bills this morning.

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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:43 pm

Schmitzbitz wrote:
You guys have it pretty darned good south of the 49th in my book. I rushed out to fill up last night on cheap gas at $1.359 per litre ($5.144/gallon); thereby avoiding todays jump to $1.421/l ($5.479/gallon) that hit Vancouver, British Columbia (prices for regular).

Schmitzbitz

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't your Canadian gvt add a schiedtload of taxes to the price which makes it thus? They sure do to everything else it seems.

Not quite as bad as the UK where the tax rate for petrol is 60% including VAT. Looks like they're the highest in the EU too. I got all that from this btw-

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2107374/Fuel-tax-British-motorists-pay-60-duty-VAT-petrol.html

All I remember from my visits to the UK is that a US gallon is about the equivalent of about $9 right now!

affraid


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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:56 pm

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NCguy wrote:
Today..$3.19 Here in Carolina

Must be nice, since it was $3.54 for mid-level two days ago in W-S!
Down just $.20 here -- now $3.54 for high, $3.34 for medium, $3.19 for econ. . . .
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:16 pm

I thought I'd make you all feel better by telling you what we pay over here in England. Converted to $US the cost is $8.95 per gallon, of which over 85% is tax.

I hope you all feel better now... Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:21 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Schmitzbitz wrote:
You guys have it pretty darned good south of the 49th in my book. I rushed out to fill up last night on cheap gas at $1.359 per litre ($5.144/gallon); thereby avoiding todays jump to $1.421/l ($5.479/gallon) that hit Vancouver, British Columbia (prices for regular).

Schmitzbitz

Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't your Canadian gvt add a schiedtload of taxes to the price which makes it thus? They sure do to everything else it seems.

Not quite as bad as the UK where the tax rate for petrol is 60% including VAT. Looks like they're the highest in the EU too. I got all that from this btw-

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2107374/Fuel-tax-British-motorists-pay-60-duty-VAT-petrol.html

All I remember from my visits to the UK is that a US gallon is about the equivalent of about $9 right now!

affraid


Cheers,

RR

You are certainly correct about that - just like it's taxes that are artificially inflating gas prices for everyone. Certainly in Europe and Australia we are paying more taxes than in Canada, and this is due to the decisions made by our (supposedly representative) elected officials - but it still doesn't make it any easier to take; much like the idea that we are paying around $2.00 per gallon doesn't make the fact that the average taxation on U.S. gas per gallon is only $0.50 easier to take for Americans.
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PostSubject: Re: Gas prices   Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:32 pm

ruraldean wrote:
I thought I'd make you all feel better by telling you what we pay over here in England. Converted to $US the cost is $8.95 per gallon, of which over 85% is tax.

I hope you all feel better now... Sad

As I said earlier....

Brewdude wrote:
All I remember from my visits to the UK is that a US gallon is about the equivalent of about $9 right now!

OK, so maybe the % I quoted is incorrect, but that comes from the article I posted. But it still is outrageous.

My Brit mates have told me that the % is something like what you say. How you can put up with that is beyond me!


Neutral



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