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TAG and more

2006-10-08 20:55:59.595787+00 by meuon 6 comments

Nancy and I just got back from "TAG". 1000+ cavers camped together for the weekend, I did a 150+' drop, cave and climb Friday, Nancy and I did a simple, mostly walking stream bed cave Saturday. We used a new pair of Apex lights, which were awesome. TAG's known for it's huge Saturday night bonfire, a 30' by 30' by 30' pile of logs. Nancy said it well, "it's a nice bonfire, it's nothing compared to Burning Man". we had a nice weekend, and I got to do some real vertical caving, which I have not done in a while. felt good. Got interested in Casita trailers, we saw two at TAG and they seem to fit what we would use one for, including a )^( trip and some weekend event and non-event usage.

And when we get home, an e-mail directs me to, and I drool over: A Human/Electric Hybrid Twike.

A great extended weekend..

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-09 00:29:56.058991+00 by: Diane Reese

I lusted over, and test-drove a Corbin Sparrow in '99, but there were a few too many things I questioned about it to plunk the money down (and a few months later I bought one of the first original Prius cars to come off the line). Maybe the Twike has solved those problems.

But I still want a Tesla. :-) (And I will absolutely test-drive one once they arrive next year!)

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-09 04:40:28.404612+00 by: TheSHAD0W

$26K for that "Twike" sounds a bit lofty.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-10 16:31:38.207687+00 by: petronius

I'd say $26k is a lot higher than lofty. It strikes me the price is a bigger problem than the regenerative braking system. But then, somebody has to be first. These may be the Duryeas of the industry, which still awaits its Model T.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-10 17:02:57.851967+00 by: Dan Lyke

I'm completely not getting it, 'cause my attempts at coming up with pricing for a vehicle like that aren't anywhere near what they're charging. On the other hand, maybe it's the Segway effect, "If they're getting $3k for 20 miles at 12MPH, and we're getting 100 miles at 60MPH, then we should be able to charge twenty five times..."

In the "completely impractical" department, Charlene's brother has a '50s era truck in his garage that's been stripped down to the frame, beautifully repainted, and is awaiting a front transaxle, an engine installation, and some love. But he's tied up with various other projects. If I had a garage and a line on some good electric forklift motors, I think that'd make the most ass-kicking electric conversion ever. A pickup truck that'd do 80-100 miles would be most of what I've used a car for in the past year or two.

The problem is that that thing is way too pretty to use as a pickup truck.

On a different note: Meuon, how's that light set for distance? A good head mounted lamp would be really nice in the biking domain...

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-11 00:03:55.445039+00 by: meuon

I've yet to use them for bicycling.. but probably will this week, I'll let you know.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-10-12 16:48:58.624578+00 by: meuon

It didn't get real dark last night, but warKitty commented on how bright my apex was.. and it was on low/wide. On high, with the center focused beam, even at dusk, it was amazing. Very directional focused and bright white, not very blue-ish. It's a great biking headlamp, brighter and more focused than my Bruxton 3watt as well.