Go Back   EcoModder Forum > AltModding > Alternative Transportation
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-10-2010, 12:44 AM   #11 (permalink)
aero guerrilla
 
Piwoslaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Posts: 3,541

Svietlana II - '13 Peugeot 308SW e-HDI 6sp
90 day: 58.1 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,056
Thanked 626 Times in 393 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frank Lee View Post
Auto mfgs HAVE designed bikes, or at least, put their names on them.
And many started off manufacturing bicycles before moving into the auto business. Peugeot is the first to come to mind.

__________________
e·co·mod·ding: the art of turning vehicles into what they should be

What matters is where you're going, not how fast.

"... we humans tend to screw up everything that's good enough as it is...or everything that we're attracted to, we love to go and defile it." - Chris Cornell

Piwoslaw's Peugeot 307sw modding thread

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 04-10-2010, 12:14 PM   #12 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Earth
Posts: 5,200
Thanks: 225
Thanked 801 Times in 587 Posts
What's the problem with cupholders? Doesn't your bike have them? Mine do. OK, technically they're water bottle holders, but the principle's the same :-)
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2010, 05:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
(:
 
Frank Lee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: up north
Posts: 12,456

Blue - '93 Ford Tempo
Last 3: 27.29 mpg (US)

F150 - '94 Ford F150 XLT 4x4
90 day: 18.5 mpg (US)

Sport Coupe - '92 Ford Tempo GL
Last 3: 69.62 mpg (US)

ShWing! - '82 honda gold wing Interstate
90 day: 33.65 mpg (US)

Moon Unit - '98 Mercury Sable LX Wagon
90 day: 21.24 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,476
Thanked 3,237 Times in 2,047 Posts
__________________


  Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2010, 08:00 PM   #14 (permalink)
...beats walking...
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: .
Posts: 6,191
Thanks: 179
Thanked 1,520 Times in 1,121 Posts
...if GM made a bicycle, it would have facetted wheel circumferences instead of circular wheels...because they're easier to manufacture.

...however, ON-Star™ would be available for the first year, free.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2010, 10:23 PM   #15 (permalink)
EcoModding Apprentice
 
Bicycle Bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: N. Saskatchewan, CA
Posts: 1,445

Appliance White - '93 Geo Metro 4-Dr. Auto
Last 3: 42.35 mpg (US)

Stealth RV - '91 Chevy Sprint Base
Thanks: 56
Thanked 259 Times in 182 Posts
The early cars owed more to horse carts than bicycle manufacture, but those paved roads were originally for bikes, lobbied for by the League of American Wheelmen. The classic tension-spoke "bicycle" wheel adopted for sportier cars was actually a spin-off from aircraft research, 50 years before the rest of the stuff worked.
  Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Bicycle Bob For This Useful Post:
Grant-53 (04-28-2010), The Toecutter (05-09-2010)
Old 04-10-2010, 10:43 PM   #16 (permalink)
EcoModding Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 134

1991 RED Metro 1.0 Auto - '91 Geo Metro Lsi Auto
Team Metro
90 day: 38.28 mpg (US)

1991 3/5 2 door Blue/green - '91 Geo Metro
Last 3: 42.6 mpg (US)
Thanks: 54
Thanked 16 Times in 14 Posts
When gas gets to $10 gal those paved roads will be for bikes again, fun times on the horizon
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2010, 07:28 AM   #17 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Matra Sports, a French company, founded in 1964 and known as a constructor of Formula 1 cars in the sixties and seventies is the designer and manufacturer of the new i-step 'runner' and 'city' electric bicycles. Matra's i-step rechargeable electric bicycle comes in a sport frame construction - the 'runner', and a touring construction - the 'city'.
Watch This: matra-ms.com
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2010, 11:20 PM   #18 (permalink)
VWCw
 
VWCw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Posts: 25

10 Jetta V - '10 Volkswagen Jetta
90 day: 34.76 mpg (US)
Thanks: 8
Thanked 4 Times in 2 Posts
actually this whole thread is kind of ironic, as my road bike is a "mustang sport cycle," my girlfriend's is a "schwinn suburban," and my mtb is a "trek," which i recently found out is also the name of a company that makes motorhomes.
__________________
Luck is probability taken personally.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2010, 10:18 PM   #19 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Elmira, NY
Posts: 1,590
Thanks: 249
Thanked 267 Times in 226 Posts
Kia is running an ad about how they started by making bicycles. Let's see: leather seats, tubeless tires, disc brakes, mirrors, cup holders, hydraulic suspensions, LED lighting, digital speedometer, MP3 player -- what else do bikes and cars have in common?
I can make a fairing with foam sections for crash protection and install a lap belt. So far I haven't found a twin cam turbocharged 50cc bike motor! Traction control anyone?
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2010, 11:16 PM   #20 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: NY
Posts: 865
Thanks: 29
Thanked 111 Times in 83 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Old Tele man View Post
...if GM made a bicycle, it would have facetted wheel circumferences instead of circular wheels...because they're easier to manufacture.

...however, ON-Star™ would be available for the first year, free.
GM? The most important, prominent feature would be the front and back ornaments - either a Caddy insignia or a big Chevy bow-tie.

And don't forget the built-in Delco radio with XM satellite reception, free for the first three months. Not to mention daytime running lamps, that can't be switched off.

But most importantly, they wouldn't sell bikes, they would finance them. The reason GM needed to be bailed out was because they were primarily in the money-lending business (AKA: GMAC) and being in the car manufacturing business became merely a sideline.

  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Thymeclock For This Useful Post:
Grant-53 (04-28-2010)
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2010 Washington Auto Show: "A Green Machine" - Jan 27-31 MetroMPG General Efficiency Discussion 10 01-30-2010 07:40 PM
Honda Insight Concept to Debut at Paris Int. Auto Show SVOboy EcoModder Blog Discussion 32 04-17-2009 10:45 AM
Auto Industry Desperation: “Small Cars Are Disposable and Bad for the Environment” SVOboy EcoModder Blog Discussion 28 10-09-2008 03:20 PM
IBM Looks at the Future of the Auto Industry SuperTrooper General Efficiency Discussion 0 08-16-2008 02:59 PM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com