We will continue!
Originally Posted by chickcharnie
Bikers will be able to continue longer than 4x4 travelers...
John. I may be written off as one of nature's optimists, but I do believe a workable alternative to fossil fuels will be found. Personally I think the next generation of bio-fuels (made from inedible parts such as wheat stalks so no conflict with food production) hold a lot of promise. However
, I also suspect the first applications will be in cars; if the fuel can simply replace petrol or diesel we won't notice the difference, but if it is a whole new technology or at least requires a different engine/transmission, it will be put into cars first. More cars are sold so development costs can be amortised on a broader base, and they are less sensitive if the new technology is heavier or fussier about conditions. Having said all that, if the cars are running on something else, there will be more petrol left for bikes.
Sheik Yamani (sp?) once said the oil will not run out because the replacement will be in full use before then ["The oil age will not end because the oil runs out, in the same way that the stone age did not end because the stone ran out"].
I do cycle a bit (mainly to keep the waisline under control) but there are limits to what I could realistically achieve. My personal best ever is 100 miles in one day, and it took a week to recover. I might be able to do half that in easy going for several consecutive days, and far less in hilly country or heavy weather. That would mean a lot of trips just wouldn't get done.