This is slightly OT and for that I apologise, but as it does relate to the cost of non-cycling commuter, I have to ask - what are your opinions on the fuel price protests? I drive as well as cycle - in all honesty I probably do the former more than the latter, but I am a bit of a newbie. However, I can't help but think that some of these protesters seem to be living on another planet. There is one quote which stood out for me on the linked page The car that I drive has yet to break the £40 barrier to fill up. It can carry five people, has frequently been used to transport my parents' dog and is about the same size as the aforementioned 307. I genuinely don't understand why people need to drive such thirsty vehicles... and then get upset when it costs more to run them. I never thought I would say this, but I hope that fuel duty does go up. With any luck it'll make a few people get off the road, or at least try alternative transport. A few more cyclists on my route in would be a joy to see. What do others think? Rising fuel prices a good or bad thing?