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earth cyclist bragging room
8 years ago
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A place to brag about your reduction in co2 emissions

for kilometre at 0.23 kilograms of co2 saved

for miles at 0.813 pounds of co2 saved

So add up the miles or kilometres each day that you ride and spread the word of your daily saving in co2 emissions, from your cycling



This post was modified from its original form on 22 Jun, 13:45
Hi everyone
8 years ago

well i cycle about 30 kilometres per day

So I get to brag about 6.9 kilograms of co2 emissions that I save each day

The Chicago Hybrid Commute
8 years ago

I have found that due to many reasons (and a few excuses) I can get away with a mile of pedalling in the morn at each end of a bus ride to work. Then a leisurely (well sorta with traffic I average 9.6 MPH) ride of 7.25 miles.

So according to your formula I save just shy of 7 pounds of carbon.

It is only a token but baby steps (as Bill Murray was counsoled to say).

Jeff

The Chicagoan



This post was modified from its original form on 22 Jun, 19:13
8 years ago

Perhaps we should start weekly total of CO2 emissions saved via cycling for the group

Great initiative!
8 years ago

Hi! I've just joined this group after seeing the letter in the Australian cyclist magazine. As scientists, my husband and I are extremely concerned by the lack of action on climate change. We write letters and phone politicians, join protests and are active with our local climate group, but action is still desparingly slow. Of course we've cut back on our energy consumption, consumerism and fossil-fuel dependent travel as much as possible, including declining all invitations to international scientific conferences. By taking public transport to work, we've cut down our car use sufficiently to sell off our second car and use the remaining one infrequently. A key part of our transport is now cycling. Though I cycle for pleasure, I gain the most satisfaction from it when I use it to get to the train station, shops, gym do other local errands that so many people tend to do with their car, which takes them longer than cycling would by the time they find a parking spot. I wholeheartedly support your initiative to encourage cycling as a means for cutting back on emissions. I would also like to campaign to have bike racks installed on the front of buses, esp. traffic heavy areas so that commuters that don't want to brave traffic congested streets are encouraged to use a cycling and public transport combination. I have seen such racks on the buses in Canberra.
Tassia

hi everyone my utopian friends
7 years ago

Will I have increased my cycle distance each day to 50 kilometres or 31 miles .so I can increase my bragging to 11.5 kilograms of co2 saved per day or 25.3 pounds of co2 per day

My yearly saving is at 4,197.5 kilograms or 9234.5 pounds of co2

7 years ago

In the last two weeks, I've ridden a bike instead of driving my truck on a 35-mile trip and a 65-mile trip.  No recreational riding.

hi steve
7 years ago

If you keep that up you could save some money and sell your truck and go car free

7 years ago

About 35 miles today on the bike instead of taking the truck.  The return trip was after dark on main roads.

Target made for e-bike
7 years ago

With the added incentive of a minor auto crash (they are not accidents no matter how unplanned) I have forked over the cash for a e-bike.

The Champion 300watt 9Ahr folding bike arrives the 18th and with all good intentions should put the saddly bumped and bruised Civic into at best occasional use. My plan is the e-bike will do all the commuting, shopping and running around chores leaving the car to long haul and load carrying duties.

The bike is a full service electric powered motor only, pedal assist or pedal only 2 wheeler rated for 35 miles/charge electric only and I expect to see 2-3 round trip commutes per charge but with my current overweight condition that may be comprimised as will the planned route being a raelaxing evening route including dirt trails thru the Cook County Forest Preserve (old bridle paths now walking bike trails). The appx 7mile each way journey should be relatively bike friendly despite the tendency of auto traffic to run 25-50% 0ver the posted limits but the roads are wide and sight lines good.

By next week I should have a functional report on the next phase of my transit life....

Jeff

The Chicagoan

Best laid plans of mice and men...
7 years ago

So the new E-bike came in by FedEx since the local shops were very thin in selection. I put the bike together and as the frame is a folding configuration there was very little to do...wheels were on, cables attached and wheels/motor all hooked up.

After a unpowered test and a charge to the battery I tried out the powered life.

The first week was fine tho I noticed a lack of range (about 1/3 of stated distance/battery life). I got in the habit of carrying the charger to zap at each end of the commute (7miles or 1/5th of stated range) and it took about 1/2 a charge each end.

Then 2 days into week 2 I was half way home when I noticed the last of the screws anchoring the front disc for the disc brakes had loosened and by the time I stopped it had disappeared as well.

So a couple of phone calls and e-mails I got a promise to send replacement screws and a 'free' barbag to aleviate their guilt. When the screws arrived there were 2 different lengths so I fitted them into the holes and began tightening them till I noticed the wheel was locking up and with one turn I hear a metalic 'pop'. So I remove all the long screws and check the rear wheel disc and lo and behold the rear wheel has thru holes to mount while the front has blind holes into the motor casing. The screws they sent were too long, and now I terrified I may have crunched the motor housing innards.

Alas this was Friday night so I get to twiddle my thumbs and worry till Monday's reply...

I had such high hopes that I'd given the technology enuf time to at least get their %#&!*% together and build their own competence if not the product's quality...but NOoooo, they still have their heads up their a$$e$ and haven't mastered basic manufacuting techniques and service skills.

Well next week I find out if this company is serious about solving my complaints or if I gotta get in their face and just give up and send the bike back as a failed experiment.

Sighhh

Jeff

The Chicagoan

7 years ago

It turns out that most of the times I get in my truck, I also get groceries to last several days.  I am going to have to get panniers and / or a trailer for my recumbent in order to seriously cut back on truck use.  Today, I was able to get out and ride about 30 miles instead of using the truck.

hi steve
7 years ago

what brand of recumbent did you buy?

7 years ago

Sun EZ-Sport AX.

E-bike update
7 years ago

After 2weeks of back and forth with the manufacturers about some brake issues I have put the e-bike (Storm by name) into daily use. The Chicagoa weather has been very cooperative this season. The car has been sitting while the Storm has been doing 8.2 (or so) miles each way. This has needed 2hrs of charge at work but less at home due to less speed and more pedal power in the homeward bound trip. I have about a third of the almost 9mile return route on hard pack trails (jeep width trails...actually bridle paths that have not seen horses as regular users due to stable closures dating back 2-3 decades) thru forest preserves that make up a green necklace around the city.

The only way I could get an accurate carbon footprint reading is to set-up a watt-meter to check the cahrging current I'm using both at work and at home.

But the gas engine of my car is silent each day I ride saving appx 16.5miles of appx 24-26MPH urban/suburban driving on my Civic...

Jeff

The Chicagoan

E-bike
7 years ago

I have begun looking for load bearing means for the Storm and due to the battery/controller configuration usurping the rear carrier (a seatpost mounted beam rack set-up good for very little weight).

It seems I must investigate a front pannier system which could (in early looks) add up to 200dollars.

Tho with that set-up I could easily do daily food/supplies shopping and lessen the car mileage even more.

Jeff

The Chicagoan

Arrrggghhh
7 years ago

OK, OK, OK so I have the worst luck in the woild...I choose to ride the Storm on a day of impending rain. The way into work was fine, wet streets but no biggie..

So the ride home was not going to be as pleasent. The drizzle was intensifying and I cranked it up to 16-18mph to cut the time I would be on the road.

When I got home and shut 'er down the taillight (actually a nice 5 LED unit built into the battery case) was still on tho dimmed.

So I took it into the house to charge but was reluctant to plug in a battery with possible water damage. I set it down to consider my options and a puddle formed under the battery.

So a visual inspection was warranted. I looked at the end of the housing (with the handle for dismounting and the LED) and noticed three of the four mounting screws had broken holdown mounting tabs...

Now since the battery has a sticker on it that voids the warranty if removed I was at the end of my investigation. I put the battery in front of a fan/heater and dried it out till the lite went out.

The Customer Service guy said send it back the mounting screw problem has a fix....but they sold the bike with the old problem????....

Well I'm back stomping out carbon footprints till I get the battery back but then I hope the Chicago weather stays nice (burned a week of absolute blissful weather without the bike and Chicago ain't got enuf of them to waste) and a plan to design a wrap for the weather that the American Midwest can throw. I need this bike to go deep into all 4 seasons and the job of re-engineering an existing product to do that can be daunting...but I got nuttin' better to do and hell it was only a little over a grand (sob, whimper, sigh of pain).

Jeff

The Chicagoan

hi jeff
7 years ago

sounds like so bad news on the electric bike front. I hope that you get it repair soon

e-bike issues
6 years ago

So less happy than I prefer to be and much more circumspect abou the e-bike technology I have been returned for a couple of months to my e-bike mode.

The job (a temporary position) evaporated so there is no commuting but I have aquired a trailer, a Burley Travoy, which is a 2 wheeled single attachmentpoint/pivot point rig that will hand a rated 60lbs.

The dou does great work on running recycling to the drop center and picking up groceries.

I have a line on some permanent employment at appx a 10mile each way commute so the rig will be getting sound usage if that goes thru.

My advise for e-bike buyers is where ever possible buy from a local store, get some feedback directly from tech and user sources and at this point of technology....plan on a $2,000 US dollar investment.

I tried for less and it bit me in the butt. And I went online which left me with long lines of communication which caused delays.

The idea of doing it yourself if your capable still looks good. All the motors at his point (rumors of new tech abound but...) are similar and there are limited battery options out there so a DIY approach really offers you a chance to design a flexible platform to work around.

I'll keep word coming as the rig ages.

Jeff

The Chicagoan

 

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