Tag Archives: The Future

Bacon Jerky round 2, and the Feed

OK I bought a second package of bacon jerky, from a different manufacturer and a different flavor and curing technique. Today’s brand was from Carnivore Candy and uses a salt-and-sugar cure along with a dash of jalapeño pepper in the post-cure process. It is not greasy in texture but does tend to adhere together in a single mass inside the package. It also has a better mouth feel than the Oberto product I tried last month. I would be interested in trying the Carnivore Candy brand without the added jalapeño flavor (hint, hint). One thing is for sure, this is a huge step up from the “cold bacon” mouth feel of the Oberto brand bacon jerky. Second thing is that there was just enough jalapeño added to cause my allergy-clogged sinuses to drain, which was not a bad thing. My head feels much better after eating the Carnivore Candy bacon jerky.

First of two links from People for Bikes, is your state stomping on proven bicycle infrastructure because of NIH? WHAT MARRIAGE EQUALITY SHOULD TEACH STREET DESIGNERS: JUST BUILD IT Ordinarily I would not advocate building things not approved by your state DOT, but if you follow the NACTO or CROW manuals, you are working from proven designs (outdated demi-buttocked designs in the case of the NACTO manual) and should be OK.

And in case you get the colly-wobbles from building from a proven design manual not accepted by your state DOT, THREE CHARTS FOR PROTECTED BIKE LANE DESIGNERS TO REMEMBER IN 2015

Two links to a Lifestyle story, one Pre- and the other Post-ride. Memorial Ride Planned for Maryland Dad Killed in Hit-and-Run While Biking and Memorial ride held in Baltimore for bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash The victim of this wreck was hit by clergy who had multiple DUI and drug convictions prior to the wreck. In many states this would qualify her for felony manslaughter charges.

There are legal ways of taking the law into your own hands. Justice on two wheels in the heart of London Yep, in many places helmet-cam video is acceptable for police to issue tickets or more even though the LEO was not physically present to view the infraction. Check with your local fuzz to be sure.

Instead of predicting the future, ask if this will happen. Good strategy. 33 questions that’ll shape Portland bike news in 2015

And a terrifying example of a fork failing a “squirrel test” with a chunk of road junk standing in for the squirrel. WATCH: Terrifying cycling crash near Byron caught on film Having just finished watching the Mythbusters marathon on the Science Channel and in particular the “flipping motorcycle myth” I really wish they could have seen this video. Could someone send it to Adam and Jamie, por favor?

And I seem to have run out of links, again. I keep hitting refresh on “Dumbing of Age” to see what Becky and Joyce are up to (not much).

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet (I no longer feel the need to advertise that I am an “unkillable badass”)

Contemplating an electric future, Wreck-free Sunday

I’m thinking about the future my grandkids will exist in by projecting from existing technology. I have been playing with the ebikes.ca motor/bicycle simulator with specs from LifeBatt on their 20Ah LiFePO4 cells (which have been improved recently) and the current laws for e-assist in TX. By doing this I’m assuming that there will be no real improvement in either motors or controllers, and that batteries are only going to have marginal improvement.

Actually I have made one assumption that the US national speed limit is reduced to 30 MPH. I have nothing to base this on, just hoping that someone with a little sense takes control…

Anyway, using those assumptions, and plugging the numbers into the simulator it’s possible to maintain our current suburban lifestyle by changing to a combination of a streamlined e-assist commuter bike to carry one person to a job ~20 miles each way, and a e-assist cargo bike to haul the supplies from the grocery store, or other stores with a trailer (you can haul things you would not believe with a cargo bike hauling a trailer, with or without assist) If you don’t have to climb any major hills on your commute a 3KWh battery pack will last an entire week on a single charge. Throw some 10% grades in there and you will have to charge 3 times a week, but not many people live in places that have extended grades of 10%.

In short, with a little help from the government in making roads bicycle-safe, using e-assist for a commute is not just possible but easy, using e-assist for a lifestyle is not quite as easy as using an SUV today but still not nearly as difficult as some people would make you think. The big thing is to reduce surface street speeds to bicycle-friendly as gas prices go up (and gas taxes go up with them).

The sticking point will be developing a non-fossil fueled electric grid. Obviously solar, wind, and tidal power will be a big part of that, but I don’t know what else will be in the mix. I have been talking to people in government and zoning laws will require south-facing roofs to have solar shingles in the near future, putting a large amount of power in the grid (at wholesale pricing to the building owner). One thing I don’t see is adding more hydro-electric to the mix, for one thing most of the suitable sites to put dams have already been used, for a second thing hydro causes a large loss of habitat for endangered species in the few places where new dams are physically feasible. One thing I do see as possible/probable is large scale conversion of hydrogen on the coasts and especially in the Gulf, with the H2 going to fuel aircraft and pipelines to generating plants in places where there isn’t enough wind or sun to make electricity. That would probably extend the life of current natural gas generating plants, probably with some co-generation using the waste heat in the turbine exhaust.

One thing I see as more likely on the vehicle front is a shift to velomobiles with 3 or more wheels for most commuters instead of bikes, especially for places where icy roads are common in the winter. There are some people that just can’t ride bicycles, and there are a lot of people who can’t ride a streamlined bike in low-traction conditions, so because of that I see lots of trikes in the future. It’s a lot easier to drive a streamlined trike than it is to drive a streamlined bike, at the cost of a bit of tire scrub in turns for the trike.

So, in short I see a slower future with higher energy costs, healthier people, and solar power everywhere.