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Robert Emslie February 23, 2017 Last Call 28 Comments

While the current Fiat 500 is small by today’s standards, I think it’s a shame that it’s nowhere near as small as its forefather.

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  • Batshitbox

    I saw a Nissan Figaro today. I’ve never seen one in the field. I didn’t snap any pictures, it was parked at classic Italian scooter / motorcycle / car shop in my neighborhood so it wasn’t a V.I.S.I.T.

  • Lokki

    Anybody have any idea what this car is? I don’t

    • 0A5599

      • Wayne Moyer

        You can hate on me for this but I’m seeing some DB5 in that face.

        • Tiller188

          Specifically, a very surprised/shocked DB5. “Oh, I say!”

  • Inliner

    Me at the Auto Show last year – this year’s pictures are still being picked through.

    • Wayne Moyer

      My real car,
      My toy car.

      • Inliner

        Haha, that was my actual inspiration …

  • 0A5599

    • Wayne Moyer

      Shown real size.

  • kogashiwa

    If I end up moving out of my small town and to the city this year as I intend to, I’ll be very tempted to get a Fiat 500. It just seems the right thing to do.

    • Sjalabais

      Which city? To my mind, the appropriate city vehicle looks something like this:

      • Wayne Moyer

        So an “Urbanist” was just on NPR arguing this point yesterday. We how awesome Vancouver is because it doesn’t have highways through the city. That commuting times have dropped because 60% of the people wanted to cycle. Which is a hilarious number really.
        I guess my question is this. Do all businesses have showers in this or do we just accept body sweat? Sure I know that we have moved on from suits and even business casual to jeans as work clothes but this seems like you are also moving away from being presentable when you arrive at work. It also assume you live near your work.

        • You live close enough, you go slow enough.
          I bike to the movies all the time, and I have to force myself to coast the whole way at Don’t-You-Dare-Break-A-Sweat-Pace instead of Cat-6-racing it.
          The bicycle is arguably the most efficient machine ever invented.
          Just put the same energy as walking into it, and still go much farther.

          • Wayne Moyer

            Well I have a fifteen mile commute to work. Honestly I wasn’t raised to be a city boy. Even then the costs are kind of prohibitive. For those that get it. That’s great for you. For those of us who live on the edge of society. Which is almost literal in my case since I am ninety miles outside of Philly. We have our part to play as well. We’d rather be telecommuters if we had the chance but we don’t.

            • Sjalabais

              That was dramatic, mate. 🙂 I live on a small patch of land below steep mountains along a fjord. There’s no way I’d risk my life on the one road we have here commuting to work. But when I still was a city dweller I hardly ever biked less than 100km a week. Unfortunately, I’m so bloody competitive, I always had to have a t-shirt for changing with me; going slow wasn’t an option. My colleagues at the university always mocked me for my change clothes being the same as my sweaty ones, but that was only because I bought my stuff in bulk; 10 black t-shirts for the price of 3? Yes, thank you, got trousers?

              In Norway, most work places have showers, don’t really know why, because it is neither much of a biker’s nation nor a country where the overall populace does work extraordinary hours.

              But the point of the above comment really was that biking is just SO GOOD for you. Man, I was in such a good shape back then. You wake up in the morning, you shake your work worries on the way home, you see much more at a much greater intensity. After we moved to our little paradise here, this is the one thing I really miss.

        • kogashiwa

          When I bike commuted to my previous work, about an 18km round trip I believe, I just wore cycling kit (lycra) and changed at the office. No showers so I just towelled off and it was mostly fine. Fall and spring if I just took it easy I wouldn’t even need the towel. Not nearly everyone would accept that though.

          I have thought about moving to Vancouver – to the area, to be exact, because no one that hasn’t made a fortune in China can afford property in Vancouver anymore – and there if you’re not commuting by the absolutely excellent public transit you’re doing it wrong. Bike is a good option there too though because they don’t really get much of a winter, and the city itself isn’t particularly hilly.

          I heard yesterday that in the Netherlands, a country that gets around almost entirely by bike, last year 56% of the bicycles sold were e-bikes. It’s a good option I think.

          • Sjalabais

            eBikes are something I dreamt about ten years ago. The hill from my apartment down to university made me cruise at 50+ kph, but getting back up was demotivating. With 3000mm precipitation in Bergen, it was either way hard to tell what was rain and what was sweat…

            Vancouver is such a nice city. Definitely a place I’d consider if I was to cut roots again. Can you just move anywhere and find work?

            • Mason

              Do E-bikes charge when freewheeling downhill?

              • Sjalabais

                Not sure. I have a friend who build one himself, with unlawfully powerful batteries, and his doesn’t charge. Factorybuild ones definitely should charge, got to incorporate this into the brake setup somehow.

                • Mason

                  Looked it up, the regenerative feature adds weight and cost. Makes free pedaling more strenuous.

        • crank_case

          Have had showers in the last two places I worked in, but I did find in the last place, which was a 14km, very hilly commute, unlike now, which is really just round the corner. I found that organizing clothes changing, showering, then changing again before going home ate a lot into my time. If you’ve got a long/strenuous commute, ebikes are the answer.

          I reckon bicycle based electric motocross could be the next big grassroots motorsport, just get a full suspension MTB and a big motor kit. Tracks can be in relatively built up areas as there’s little noise.

      • kogashiwa

        Winnipeg, Manitoba (Winterpeg), where that is definitely the best city vehicle for six months of the year, and the other six months anything other than a Land Cruiser is a sad compromise (what’s a snow clearing budget?).

  • Wayne Moyer

    Things just have gotten way too automated these days.

    • 0A5599

      • Wayne Moyer

        Doesn’t it seem silly that we are adding vacuums to minivans? Vikki saw the future.

        • 0A5599

          • Wayne Moyer

            Proof that smoking is safe. It didn’t hurt her.

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