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While car makers resort to their own gas gimmicks to move outdated and inefficient stock, more and more bikes are rolling out of cycle shops from Bismarck to the Bay Area. Even those in the auto business are making the switch:

Mark Krenz, 48, is giving it a try. The Bismarck auto-parts store
manager recently spent $750 on the 24-speed bike and is building up his
mileage to prepare for his hilly commute.

"In this business,
everybody is constantly talking about how to save gas," Krenz said. "I
bought a bike because I figure it’s a good way to save money, get in
shape and save wear and tear on my pickup."

  • gecko

    Bikes are great! But, they don’t meet developed world expectations for “serious transportation”. Ever so light improvements will make this a reality.

  • Vroomfondel

    Gecko,
    I always thought that bike-friendly places like Germany, France, Denmark, and Japan were part of the developed world. Then again, maybe shortish trips to the office or the grocery store don’t require serious transportation. In any case, I’m curious: What light improvements do you have in mind?

  • dreamon

    Regarding the bike-friendly places you mention and you did leave out China, it seems that car sales still keep increasing, in any case:

    Real seats. Maybe web Aeron-type for a start; recumbent low air-resistent where air-resistence is the major energy sink; 400-watt to 500-watt electric motors for urban environments; 1500-watt motors for longer trips at up to about 80 miles per hour. This is the the power of normal electric hair dryer or about 2 horse power.

    Simple stuff like that.

    Oh yeah, use rails for collision avoidance, steering, keeping vehicles upright, minimal environmental footprints (surface areas in inches rather than severl feet or more); better accommodation of snow and rain.

  • gecko

    oops, meant gecko

  • gecko

    Rails can also provide power, minimizing storage requirements, a major issue with electric powering which is far superior to powering by burning stuff using internal combustion engines since electric motors provide greater torque and no direct emissions.

    Ironically, electric motors are required on each wheel of the locomotives pulling the huge trains bringing coal to electric-generating plants. Internal combustion engines do not have the torque and are used only for generating the electric power required by the electric motors directly driving each wheel.

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