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Old 12-22-2008, 08:46 PM   #31 (permalink)
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(scoffing at Frank Lee for his apparent fortune in the West Coast adventure)
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Terrain is definitely something to take into account when deciding what type of conveyance will benefit you most... obviously, you weigh out the pro's and con's of each plausible conveyance.

Frankly, I'm sure we'd all love to have a Tesla Roadster, or a Tesla FamilySUV (dunno, check in like... 2045), but for the $109,000 you could buy enough fuel to last the rest of your life, given current prices.

Everything is a compromise... how far you're willing to take that compromise to see a positive result is up to the individual.

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Old 12-24-2008, 12:13 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Just came in from a bike ride on the West coast and wow- I get more winded in 1/10th of a mile going up the many steep grades here than I do after miles on the flat back home.
It's all in what you're used to: most of my riding has been in the west (though I don't suppose you can quite call the Sierra Nevada the West Coast), so I thought I was in pretty good shape. Then I spent a couple of weeks riding around Yorkshire & the Lake District. And a couple of years later lived in Switzerland for a while, and would be sweating up some mountain road, only to be passed by a cheery gray-haired Swiss granny type, apparently carrying home the week's shopping.
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For me it's pretty much money. Almost any EV I've seen has ample range for my needs, but is way out of my budget.
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For me it's pretty much money. Almost any EV I've seen has ample range for my needs, but is way out of my budget.
I found this one for $800!



Planning to use it as my fun summer car!
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I found this one for $800!



Planning to use it as my fun summer car!
And with the economy right now, as it stands, it would take me almost a year to save $800. Yeah, really.

And was that $800 before or after it was made drivable?
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Old 12-28-2008, 09:41 PM   #36 (permalink)
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And I compromise by driving the tdi over a supra.

I ride the ebike about 5% of the time; drop in the bucket I'm just full of excuses to drive and almost always do.

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