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!
- 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”
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