Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Ultimate Hybrid

You know those fancy "hybrid" cars? Like the Prius? They actually only use one type of fuel - gas. They have two motors - a gas one and an electric one, but the electric one is dependent on the gas one, and/or the principle of inertia, to charge up the batteries.

They are complex compared with a regular internal-combustion-only drivetrain... but they are primitive compared with the engine of a bicycle.

Today my hybrid engine was running on Mexican food. (Yum!) Tomorrow it will be running on Swiss steak and mashed potatoes, and a nice salad. (It is both a blessing and a curse to have two awesome cooks under the same roof! I'm what they call a "Clydesdale cyclist" on account of the good food that's put before me.)

This was a rather interesting entry in my Bike Cult book...

Favorite Bike-Touring Foods

In a survey of cross-country touring cyclists, Kevin Kelly asked "What do you eat the most of?"

Here are the replies. (I'm clever! I detected a "common thread"! See if you can...)

- Peanut butter and jelly sammiches
- Peanut butter and bananas
- Mountain Dew, bananas, and peanut butter
- Bread, peanut butter, yogurt
- Peanut butter and honey sammiches on whole wheat bread
- Massive quantities of fruit, and peanut butter and jelly sammiches
- Pancakes, also peanut butter and jelly sammiches
- Granola and peanut butter and jelly
- Bread, cookies, pasta, fruit, and peanut butter
- Peanut butter, ice cream, oranges
- Peanut butter and noodles
- Peanut butter

(Makes you wonder if the survey was sponsored by Jif, or Peter Pan!)

More about "bicycle fuel" in the next few days... come back.


Jamie said...

You've finally done it to me... I found a copy of Bike Cult on and I ordered it from one of their resellers. I'm looking forward to this!

db said...

I've known this since I was 5: peanut butter is the food of the gods.

Recently, in an effort to cut out some empty calories, I've moved away from Jif/Skippy and settled on Smart Balance, which has a lot less sugar than the more popular brands, but is not so raw/organic that it needs to be refrigerated. A good compromise, if anyone's looking for something new.

Ben said...

I would say that you are a flew fuel, not a hybrid.

You would be a hybrid if you genetically engineered yourself some grass for hair and derived energy from photosynthesis.