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Hot For Hybrids…why?

So the reports are starting to show that there’s possibility that gas prices are going to hit $4.00 a gallon.

Honestly that sucks!

With all this talk about gas prices, people are looking towards hybrid vehicles as a means to save money on gas. The problem with hybrids is the cost. To me it doesn’t make sense why someone would spend around $23k for a Prius that claims to get about 40mpg.If anything, why not buy a car that gets the same amount of gas mileage for half the cost.

Take for example the Toyota Yaris, they say that thing gets about 40mpg and it’s MSRP is about $12k, if you want to go cheaper, the Hyundai Accent gets 35mpg for the price tag of $10k.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I still drive about 2 times a week to work. My little Hyundai Elantra(a chick magnet, um not really, its a Hyundai!), gets me about 26-27mpg. But when I ride my bike 3 times a week, my gas expenses are lower. In a sense its like a hybrid.

Moe developed an MPG calculator that explains how much MPG you’re getting if you were to take the amount of miles you ride you bike and the amount of miles you would drive and throw that in to the mix.

Turns out I should be getting about 60mpg on my car. I say that because the amount of bike commuting I do saves me money on my gas and if I were to drive that distance, the gas I save would equal out to the 60mpg…make sense? It’s hard to articulate what I’m trying to say, but for the most part it makes sense if you use this calculator.

Anyhow, I do dread the day when gas prices do go up to $4.00 per gallon. One guy I know of mentioned on his blog basically invites the gas prices to go up…I guess he didn’t realize that when gas prices go up, so do food prices, air fare, cab far and anything else that needs fuel to

Sure riding our bikes makes a difference, but being the minority that we are, we’re still screwed one way or another by high gas prices. People will either pay it at the pump or at the grocery store.

Moe’s Pics from National Bike to work day

I know they are a little late, but we had a very busy weekend with the Commuter Expo and stuff. So I carried my trusty Digital Camera and took a few snapshots of my ride:

One of my co-workers redeemed herself by riding her bike to work on Friday… She didn’t have to go to the bank this time.

I rode my Ibex X-ray Cyclocross Single Speed bike. Check out the SweetSkinz tires… NICE

Another good reason to ditch the car…. If you forget that it’s street sweeping day, you won’t get towed away! DUH!

This car dealership is full of Big Ass SUV’s… Needless to say, business is rather slow, he has had the same SUV’s for sale for months.

I took a picture of this oriental lady on her tricycle. She seems to get it!

Don’t know what it is, but I always seem to get a flat when I ride the X-ray to work. What pisses me off the most, is that I spent a little extra for Slime tubes and they suck.

Urban Bike Commuter Expo Report

As you may have seen some of the pictures already posted, the turn out for the event was awesome!

Not only did Moe and I give away every single Bumble Bar out there, but everyone that tried it loves this stuff.

Pictures of booth. Do you see those little kids? I gave them a bunch of Sweetskinz and KHS Bicycles stickers…and I told them to put all over daddy’s and mommy’s car…hehe…don’t worry I told them I was just kidding.

Here’s one of the winners of the Sweetskinz Tires.

Check this out, this guy made some cool furniture with bike parts.

He even had some coat racks made out of headsets.

There was this group of kids that customized their own low rider cruisers. This one is a tandem low rider. Cool thing was, they had the whole 50’s look going too.
gave away free helmets to anyone that had a need. They encouraged everyone to get a helmet and give it to some one that needs it. So Moe and I grabbed a handful to give the kids in our neighborhoods.

I met this gentleman at the event. He had his bike all tricked out with a custom sound system and an electric air compressor.

They had a little display area for the most interesting bikes in the center quad. So Moe placed the KHS F20 R right in the middle of it.

One of the most interesting bikes we saw there was this thing. I totally forgot what it was called. But its sweet! Wood fenders and chain guard…

Another cool exhibitor was Townsend Bicycles. This dude makes bicycles in his garage. Check out the lugs and frames he works with.

Here’s one of his finished products.

Over all the event proved to be successful not only for us but for the rest of the vendors there. Bicyclists came from all over So Cal to enjoy the festivities. We met some really cool Bike Commuters that told us how long they’ve been commuting, and how far they ride everyday. I met this one woman, super sweet, short lady that told us she commutes 30 miles EACH WAY!

Then we also ran into our buddy Russ Rocca, he was our first Commuter Profile. He and his girl friend took the Metro and then rode their bikes in. Russ is super cool because he doesn’t own a car and he rides his bike everywhere. Not only does he use his bikes to get to each job he has to do, but he also uses it to go on vacation with.

What was great for us is the support we got from the folks at KHS Bicycles, Sweetskinz Tires, Bumble Bars and The Crystal. We handed out so many “Gas Sucks Ride a Bike” posters. I actually ran out of Bumble Bars within the first 3 hours of the event. People love these bars! Sweetskinz, that was super popular in our booth. People asked so many questions about them and since I know the tires pretty well, I answered each one of them. Almost all of the people that I talked to about those tires said it was such a smart idea because not only the colors grab people’s attention, but the reflective properties make you visible at night.

When it came to the Crystal Deodorant, at first I didn’t know how to give them away or at least bring attention to them. I just started pimping them out and said to people walking by…”You want a free deodorant?!” Sure enough people stopped. I told them about how this stuff doesn’t have any metals, it works and that I’ve been using it for years. I even challenged some of the people to come and smell my pits, but no takers. I also explained that as long as they follow the directions, wet the rock and apply, that it would work. I made sure I told everyone that they could apply it EVERYWHERE! Yes Everywhere….wherever you would smell…

I even made my rounds to all the vendors and gave them some Bumble Bars and Crystal Deodorant just to make sure people knew about us.

Anyhow, awesome event. I’d like to thank Liz and her staff at in organizing this super fantabolus Urban Commuter Expo, job well done!

Again we couldn’t have done this if it wasn’t for our Event Sponsors, KHS Bicycles, Sweetskinz Tires, The Crystal Body Deodorant, and Bumble Bars.

If you want to see more photos of the event, check out our Gallery.