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Bicycles Again - End Globalism, Restore Sovereignty
July 20th, 2012
02:26 pm
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Bicycles Again
I really do encourage you all to check out both Cycleexif and ADVRider for examples of bicycles that are pretty and classy, motorcycles showing they can cover amazing ground on very little fuel, and motor scooters proving their ability to travel great distances. Most people aren't going to get these except as toys, at least at first, but as the economy continues its trend into insolvency and despair, many are going to convert to these because they don't have much choice. Someday you'll either be riding these to work or to the market or both.

I also expect people to go "Yank-Tank" on the remaining used cars so long as there's fuel to be bought or made. We're all getting poorer thanks to our jobs going overseas to nations with slave-labor economies, sometimes literally. Most of us can't afford to pay civilized nation's labor prices and keep our vehicles running so we end up doing that ourselves. I suspect most of us are going to end up learning the maintenance requirements for our chosen hardware. And until such time as ultralight cars are both cheap and legal, modifying existing ones to use less gasoline, through hyper-mileing and "adding lightness" as Richard Hammond would say, is the way forward. That means cutting off fenders and replacing with fiberglass or plastic, replacing heavy glass windows with thin plastic ones, and adding structural support beams (aka scaffolding) so the car is still rigid enough to work. It's the future. With lighter cars, you can run narrower tires and somewhat higher pressure. The Cardboard Car on Wired was an amazing bit of kit. Picture that running on a 200cc lawnmower or Honda scooter engine. Yanmar makes a 6 HP diesel you could run on cooking oil you've turned into biodiesel. The cardboard and plywood car is pretty much what a Tuktuk is, only shorter. Tuktuks are still made in India and Japan, though they're famous for rolling over. Mini/Micro-trucks are safer and just as gutless, though largely illegal on roads due to how slow and unsafe they are. Again, if it's a choice between slow and starving to death, most people choose the inconvenience.

At some point we're going to have to grow up and accept that life isn't safe. We're all going to die sometime. No mom thinks jogging in the Sierra's with her Ipod on is a life risking activity, but then again, they don't often think about the cougar waiting to pounce either. Considering it is in the best interests of the Democrat Party Socialist Imperium that runs the world now to kill off as many of us as possible, it is probably just a matter of time before all those safety laws are set aside for proper cars and "experimental vehicle" licenses let us ride Tuktuks for cheap. The Oligarchs will do what they want and run us over for fun. Ah, good times. I'm sure glad we live in Interesting Times.

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From:merccom
Date:July 20th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
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i'm offically in love with the burlap and cardboard car.

use a 6X6 as a backbone frame and call it a day. use paper machet as your molding material and give it a good water proof coating

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From:theheretic
Date:July 21st, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
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What kind of 6x6? Do you have a link or are you referring to the Gator with the diesel engine they use on Golf Courses that goes about 6 mph? 6mph is a hard sell for anybody.

I like the idea of paper mache' and waterproofing as a body material. Hilarious, cheap and would work well enough until you crash. I happen to think a slightly taller buggy or a fully stripped out and cross braced subcompact, like a Geo Metro for example, would be great ultralight cars. People who can TIG weld (like me) might have a future modding frames from the mono-cocque type used today into a race frame that lets you bolt on weather panels for added lightness. There are scooters with weather shells, but they're kinda lame... a lot lame. Better off with a Mini-truck.
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From:merccom
Date:July 21st, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
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When I say 6x6 I mean a heavy piece of deminsional lumber as a center type of frame as opposed to a perimeter type frame
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From:theheretic
Date:July 21st, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC)

6x6 LUMBER, ah.

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Won't that twist apart? Lumber grows in spirals. They do make wood I-beams using plywood and glue. However, steel is pretty easy to weld and once heat treated is very strong. Or skip the heat treating and just design appropriately. Its also lighter than a 12 foot 6x6. Do you have a link to an example? Considering you're an auto mechanic it WOULD be hilarious if you went and built this. Put it in the local parades and post some youtube videos.
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