Everything must move. Even a rock will eventually not be in the same place that it was before. Regarding transport, there are four factors:

  • What must move?
  • How far must it move?
  • How big is it?
  • When should it get where it’s going?

If it is just you going somewhere near, why don’t you walk?

A little farther and you are in a hurry, use a bicycle. You can carry up to 30 kg easily.

Big stuff, far and fast? Last resort: Automobile

I try to be mobile under any circumstance and use an appropriate transport mode for the need or desire.









  • 1972 Ford Econoline 100
  • Nameplate pried off and transformed into EN100 logo.
  • As of 12.16.04, 306,000 miles.
  • 240 (3.9L) Straight-six engine. Just like a Jaguar!
  • Three-speed manual transmission. Just like a Duesenburg!
  • Hydraulic Brakes!
  • 16.5 mpg @ 65 mph
  • 12.5 mpg @ 75 mph
  • Top speed 83 mph

A trustworthy vehicle and very fun to drive. No longer than a new Honda Civic!

Herr Schwinn

Herr Schwinn

  • 1960 (?) Schwinn King-Sized American
  • Built from $20 Single-speed Bicycle
  • Sturmey-Archer drum brakes
  • Profile handlebars
  • Trek (Shoji) air-oil suspension fork

I machined parts to attach a small chainring to the original large one to provide emergency low-range gearing.

  • Very heavy.
  • Very fast downhill.
  • Brakes are trick, but not very effective.


Matt McClintock and I built this kayak from plans in Chris Kulszycki’s “The Kayak Shop”

Visit Chesapeake Light Craft for kits and plans


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