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High gas price and biking
« on: June 22, 2008, 09:22:41 PM »
I had been rethinking where I ride and when even before gas stations started posting $3.50/gal but lately its been ridiculous calculating how much gas you spend going to the trails. I live off SR56 just couple of miles from the exit and it takes me the following distances to my favorite trails (at least the closest ones);
- Santos 80 miles each way
- Alafia 55 miles each way
- Croom 35 miles each way
- Boyette 45 miles each way

How does this oil crunch affected your riding?

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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008, 09:26:15 PM »
Not that it changes your question much, but Santos is about 65 miles from your house.


I have been spending between appointments for work and riding, about 150 a week on gas, and I get decent milage. :(
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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2008, 09:35:28 PM »
Not that it changes your question much, but Santos is about 65 miles from your house.


I have been spending between appointments for work and riding, about 150 a week on gas, and I get decent milage. :(
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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2008, 10:06:20 PM »
Google also says we live 17 minutes apart! ;)

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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2008, 10:27:35 PM »
Times like this make me love living 5 minutes from Carter Road.

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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2008, 10:44:55 PM »
i have changed from riding 5-6 days a week to riding about 3 days a week.  i added more distance to my rides on the days i do ride. 

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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2008, 11:37:46 PM »
All the more reason to find somewhere in Pinellas County to build trails. Five to 10 miles would be just fine.

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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2008, 06:01:04 AM »
I am lucky that my company pays for my gas and my car (best part of the pay plan right now!). Also I am 20 minutes from WTA, Boyette, or Alafia so I go when I can get away from the family for a couple of hours. If I had to pay for my own gas it would be a lot different....

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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2008, 07:31:36 AM »
I'm about 6-7 miles from flatwoods so I end up riding that during the week however it is starting to get very boring. next month I'll be only 14 miles from alafia when I move and that will be my new after work play area but then I'll be 25 miles from work so you can't win either way.

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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2008, 07:32:16 AM »
Hmm, let me see.
Santos ~100 miles, I'll have to check, I know it is 2 hours drive time.
Alafia 30 miles each way
Boyette ~40 miles each way
Carter 5 miles each way

I was riding Carter 1-2 times a week after work, but now that it is hot I had to quit doing that.
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Re: High gas price and biking - pinellas option
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2008, 07:33:57 AM »
All the more reason to find somewhere in Pinellas County to build trails. Five to 10 miles would be just fine.

If you can work with Pinellas County Parks and Recreation I know a few people that were interested in this as well.

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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2008, 08:42:08 AM »
all, I know is when this depression we are just getting into, gets worse, and people literally can't afford gas anymore, and everyone has to scramble to find ways around..we mountain bikers will be just fine.
I've put down almost three full laps at Morris Bridge in one day..thats just shy of 55, 56 miles or so..I can get whatever I need where ever it is with that kind of range..

That said, I am thankful I am 5 minutes from Morris bridge atleast, I'd prefer it to be Boyette or Carter or Alafia..but MB will do. :D

When you ride so far out that you hear no traffic, no people...nothing..

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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2008, 08:55:32 AM »
all, I know is when this depression we are just getting into, gets worse, and people literally can't afford gas anymore, and everyone has to scramble to find ways around..we mountain bikers will be just fine.
I've put down almost three full laps at Morris Bridge in one day..thats just shy of 55, 56 miles or so..I can get whatever I need where ever it is with that kind of range..

That said, I am thankful I am 5 minutes from Morris bridge atleast, I'd prefer it to be Boyette or Carter or Alafia..but MB will do. :D


Same thing here, I am 10 min. away from the Hole, but you can easily exasperate your creative riding mind doing Hole everyweek. Don't get me wrong you can try railing those turn as fast as you can or riding on either which way to mix it up.

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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2008, 09:00:29 AM »
Morrison,
Do what others are doing:



I first laughed at Rudy when I saw him pulled into parking lot in his old BMW motorbike with his mountain bike int he back.  Then I saw David Hawckings do it on his Honda.  Now Ron (one-lap).  Hmmm....  interesting...

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Re: High gas price and biking
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2008, 09:11:13 AM »
Morrison,
Do what others are doing:

I first laughed at Rudy when I saw him pulled into parking lot in his old BMW motorbike with his mountain bike int he back.  Then I saw David Hawckings do it on his Honda.  Now Ron (one-lap).  Hmmm....  interesting...
On the way to work this morning I was entertaining the idea of getting a scooter but was swiftly erased when I saw a rider almost taken out by a Denali off junction malfunction.

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