a lot of us have become inadvertent bike slugs. It has been too hot to consider riding with all the gear and sweating in traffic and I was no exception. My bike had been idled for a few days during our recent heat wave, but in anticipation of a hot date I needed to make my bike operational. I checked my tire pressures and they were low. I had to drag out my new air compressor
Would you believe that my front tire only registered 27 psi ! I haven't checked them since before the iMBC2012 which was mid July. I quickly pumped it back to 33 psi
which was the recommended pressure for solo riding. My rear tire was also a bit low, nothing as serious as the front but it only showed 34 psi, when it should have been 36 psi
so naturally I pumped it back up too. The plan was to ride my bike to the local grocery store to replenish my junque food supplies. It was hot and I didn't feel like gearing up, plus the fact that what I was buying was going to be too heavy for my side cases
while all this food at first glance doesn't appear to be that healthy, you have to consider that it is all Vegan, so I thought that this was a good thing
this stuff was so heavy that I had to use a grocery cart
I had just enough room in my trunk to carry all these delicious morsels home
Another Gas report and rip-off:
One thing that our American friends may not know is how much we are being gouged for our premium fuel/gas. Most prices are quoted as Regular 87 octane.
today our gas prices fell to $1.349 / litre, which works out to $5.106 / US gal
but many of us have vehicles which require premium fuel
My hobby car is recommended to use 94 octane. I have tried to use lesser octane but 87 creates all sorts of dieseling and hard starting problems. The lowest I can get away with is 91 octane but I alternate once in a while with the good stuff. Also it can get expensive to fill the tank so I try to keep it half or more so it doesn't feel like I have to empty my wallet everytime I need gas
Today I only needed about a third of a tank. It costs about $125. to fill the tank from near empty
At $1.509/litre this works out to $5.712 /US gal. So the difference between Regular and Premium gas is just over $0.606 per US gal. That's 60 cents per gallon. I notice on my travels that when I am in the USA, the difference is only about 10 cents per gallon, which is only a modest difference.