Monday, October 23, 2006

912 Miles Per Gallon?

There are approximately 31,000 calories in a gallon of gas, the fuel that most cars run on. Riding a bicycle on a flat road at about 15mph burns .049 calories per pound per minute. 912mpg is what a 175-pound person would burn on a 30-pound bicycle.


- 912 MPG

2 comments:

richardgrassick said...

For our international guests, assuming that US gallons were used here (and the word "gas" suggests it), this translates to just over 0.25 litres per 100 kilometres. A US gallon is 0.83 of an imperial gallon, so the UK figure is well over 1,000 mpg!

Mike said...

I hadn't thought about the fact that a US gallon isn't the same as a UK gallon.

I was born after decimalisation :)

The fuel consumption of modern cars is appaling. 30MPG is deemed good, even though a Ford Model T could achieve that. And the Model T could run on ethanol as well as petrol, so it was more eco-friendly than most modern cars. With a top speed of 20MPH it was probably a lot safer too!