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d0cA

Member since Sep 2007 • Last active Sep 2021

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    I can report the same picture from France: "no fuel shortages, no acute HGV driver shortages, no empty supermarket shelves, no gas crisis, no panic buying [and] no Brexit".

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    @andyp - happy for the thread to be merged if that makes more sense, but seems some think it's good to have separately.

    @amey so it's clear what your viewpoint is!

    @Nick_S cheers, and yes, I agree with your points. as otherwise quoted here, "165 kg to produce eBike" is not a lot compared to cars. But will you upgrade your car every year (ok, I know some people do), and/or will you upgrade your ebike every year? Ok, probably neither, but you might be tempted to upgrade your bike more often than a car. Or buy a second one (or a third), or upgrade the battery (batteries? Could be useful to have a second/third so that one is always charging) so there are other, hidden costs that might not be there - or may be more economical - with a car.

    And anyway, is a car the right comparator? Do bikes replace car journeys, or do they replace walking? E.g. to the shops. Or do they replace running (for exercise)? Or swimming (how much does it cost to heat and maintain the public swimming pool, for instance)? And what if/when you have both a car and a bike?

    I think the point is that producing such environmental impact reports makes people think about these things, which can only be good. Everything has some kind of cost, but what is the benefit?

    And, ultimately, how can I minimise my impact? Because after all, it's only 'me' that I can change, right?

    Also, @starfish&coffee - interesting point you raise about the clothing, I hadn't even thought that far! I am still wearing cycling trousers that a forumenger gave me in 2008, so it's definitely possible to keep such stuff a long time. Again, fashion clearly plays a role.

    Food for thought!

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    There's an interesting article about the environmental impact of bicycles in today's Guardian. What do people on here think? I mean, cycling is obviously greener - but there is definitely also a fashion side to it, plus the sports/recreational side is not necessarily very eco-friendly (depends what your comparison is). And then there's ongoing consumption (all those burst inner tubes!!), and also the associated non-ecofriendly stuff that accompanies the industry... I'm also thinking of the waste and carbon production from stuff like the caravan that accompanies the Tour de France and other races.

    So, should cycling be greener? Can it be? How??

    PS, I did think about posting this in e.g. climate change thread, but this seems to be a bit of a different topic.

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    Sledgehammers are for the little people (you read it here first)

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    I also realised (after I posted) that there were no other posts on the forum with #different hence why it wasn't coming up in the search (and now, obviously, there will be two!)

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    Haha! Eejit, you're probably right ;-) I guess it's a bit #different so how about we go with that for a theme? (I can't tell if it's been done before as it seems to break the search function, so if it has please let me know and I have another one lined up).

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    Thank you. Only the second time I've won. I've got a couple of ideas, if it's ok I'll think about it overnight and post in the morning.

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    King_Saxlingham - Crane flys are notpretty ()
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    Alf0nse - Don’t Come Here notpretty (1)
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    eskay - Joyriders notpretty (1)
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    giofox - It's notpretty in front of the A&E ()
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    pullingteth - But pretty tasty (1)
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    moocher - under the motorway notpretty (1)
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    WillMelling - notpretty but nice anyway (1)
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    Eejit - Levitating snail notpretty (1)
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    d0cA - notpretty outside the Louvre (4)
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    #notpretty outside the Louvre

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