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04-05-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 594
Posted By CrankyOne

This:...

This: https://streets.mn/2013/10/04/do-we-really-want-bike-lanes-2/

There are a lot of reasons why you don't see bike lanes in Europe like you do in the U.S. They are simply a not good idea.
04-05-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 594
Posted By CrankyOne

The U.S. has been trying to change driver...

The U.S. has been trying to change driver behavior for 70 years. Yet the U.S. today has the most dangerous road system and highest crash, serious injury and fatality rates of all developed countries....
04-05-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By CrankyOne

For low maintenance daily commuting IGH wins. I'd...

For low maintenance daily commuting IGH wins. I'd do a chain and fully enclosed chain case over belt.

Why are hydraulic brakes a requirement? How about roller brakes?
04-05-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 358
Posted By CrankyOne

How old are you? What is your current level of...

How old are you?
What is your current level of fitness?
What do you currently do for physical activity?
What kind of riding do you want to do? Where? How far? How often? Recreation or...
04-05-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 673
Posted By CrankyOne

A couple of thoughts... If you look around the...

A couple of thoughts... If you look around the world at the places where a lot of people ride bicycles for daily transportation you'll see IGH with an enclosed chain case as the overwhelming choice...
03-09-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,490
Posted By CrankyOne

The bike I ride most often is my opafiets. I...

The bike I ride most often is my opafiets. I don't have to wear special clothes or shoes or anything, I can just get on it and ride. It's overwhelmingly the most comfortable of my bikes and below...
03-09-20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,148
Posted By CrankyOne

Agree, 18 MPH is too fast for a DZBL. What then...

Agree, 18 MPH is too fast for a DZBL. What then is an appropriate speed?

What triggers the warning lites? The driver beginning to pull on the door handle? That provides maybe less than a second of...
Forum: Commuting
03-09-20, 05:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 506
Posted By CrankyOne

Bakfiets are a bit more stable than trailers and...

Bakfiets are a bit more stable than trailers and easier to control. Also safer for young children since the rider has control over tipping which is not the case with a trailer. I'm not aware of how...
03-09-20, 05:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,148
Posted By CrankyOne

That might work well in tests of bicycle riders...

That might work well in tests of bicycle riders going 4 MPH. What about 11 or 13 or 18 MPH?
03-09-20, 05:29 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,560
Posted By CrankyOne

Getting back to the OP. What wphamilton said was...

Getting back to the OP. What wphamilton said was 100% spot on - for a helmet in a test lab.

For a bicycle helmet to provide much or any protection, including in the OP scenario, it must fit the...
01-08-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 593
Posted By CrankyOne

Some useful info here: City Bikes |...

Some useful info here:

City Bikes | LocalMile (http://localmile.org/city-bikes/)

You're on the right track thinking upright. There are a lot of good reasons that the vast majority of people...
01-06-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 13,945
Posted By CrankyOne

Our highest of all developed countries road...

Our highest of all developed countries road fatality rates for people in cars, people riding bicycles and people walking is almost entirely road engineering. First, we don't have as many people...
01-05-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 13,945
Posted By CrankyOne

True, but some things are more dangerous than...

True, but some things are more dangerous than others. If you are at a small airstrip in Tanzania and have a choice between two airlines with knowledge that airline B has 9 times as many crashes per...
01-05-20, 09:49 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 13,945
Posted By CrankyOne

By virtue of being total km travelled (by the...

By virtue of being total km travelled (by the entire population of a country) it encapsulates population. So, riding 10 miles in the U.S. is indeed about 9 times as dangerous as riding 10 miles in...
12-22-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 13,945
Posted By CrankyOne

Riding on the roads in the U.S. is quite...

Riding on the roads in the U.S. is quite dangerous, at least compared to bicycling in other countries.

...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,553
Posted By CrankyOne

Ouch. Good point. I'll have to measure for that....

Ouch. Good point. I'll have to measure for that. 6" is the kickstand which (other than a low pedal) is the lowest bit and most likely to scrape.

That may result in an impossibly shallow and very...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,553
Posted By CrankyOne

Back at this... I believe the worst case...

Back at this...

I believe the worst case bakfiets clearance is an 80" wheelbase with a 6" ground clearance. By my calculations (it's been a long time since I did geometry) then a 17° slope down...
12-09-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 16,108
Posted By CrankyOne

Those may be recommendations and certainly good...

Those may be recommendations and certainly good to do but the reality is the vast majority of people, likely over 9 out of 10, ride them until something breaks and then take them to the bike shop....
12-02-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,617
Posted By CrankyOne

I used a TACX trainer tyre for years (1000...

I used a TACX trainer tyre for years (1000 miles/yr?) on my two TACX trainers and think it could go a few more years. When the computer I was running TACX Trainer on crashed I decided it was time to...
12-02-19, 04:22 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 16,108
Posted By CrankyOne

Drastic reduction in maintenance? I think the...

Drastic reduction in maintenance? I think the average owner of a chain drive IGH bicycle needs to do maintenance about once every 10-20 years. This even when living in a winter environment and...
11-15-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 16,108
Posted By CrankyOne

IIRC the 4x number officially came from an...

IIRC the 4x number officially came from an article in BikeBiz about 2 years ago but it is generally known in the industry. I do not believe it includes single speed backpedal brake hubs but I could...
11-14-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 16,108
Posted By CrankyOne

I believe there are about 4x as many IGH's in use...

I believe there are about 4x as many IGH's in use worldwide as derailleurs. They are the drivetrain of choice for commuters in most countries outside of the U.S.

Both have their place. We have...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,261
Posted By CrankyOne

This is one reason most people outside of the...

This is one reason most people outside of the U.S. ride upright bikes (as one guy told me 'let nothing harm my ability to perform in bed tonight'). Our bodies were designed for sitting on our ischia,...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 765
Posted By CrankyOne

18 miles each way or 9 miles each way?

18 miles each way or 9 miles each way?
Forum: Commuting
10-22-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,914
Posted By CrankyOne

I'm curious about not liking twist shifting....

I'm curious about not liking twist shifting. We've a somewhat large collection of Dutch IGH bikes so that we have them available for guests and have both twist and trigger shift. My daily rider is a...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-19, 03:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,914
Posted By CrankyOne

For me definitely internal. This allows the...

For me definitely internal. This allows the entire drive train to be enclosed so you can wear any kind of pants or shoes without grease or rip worry and there is about zero maintenance for the first...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-19, 03:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,553
Posted By CrankyOne

Thanks all. The gravel is all path. The area...

Thanks all.

The gravel is all path. The area in the photo below the wall is parking. There will be a 9' wide No Parking area in front of the steps. Then the path goes straight beyond the top of...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,553
Posted By CrankyOne

Thanks all! I was able to get a shot of the...

Thanks all!

I was able to get a shot of the steps roughed in to hopefully give a bit better idea what we're working with.

This is access to a number of residences but is on private property. ...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,061
Posted By CrankyOne

A standard Omafiets or Opafiets...

A standard Omafiets or Opafiets (http://www.workcycles.com) should do the trick. People throughout northern Europe ride these all winter with no problems. I'm in St Paul MN and ride throughout the...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,553
Posted By CrankyOne

Ramp to ride up steps ?

We are planning to build a ramp along the side of some steps to ride bikes up/down. The elevation difference between the two walkways is 18” (45cm) or three 6” steps so should be manageable to ride...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,462
Posted By CrankyOne

With a Dutch style bicycle (City Bikes |...

With a Dutch style bicycle (City Bikes | LocalMile (http://localmile.org/city-bikes/)) there is no worry of chains or grease or having to clip pants. A leather Brooks B67 allows the fabric to slide...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 12,297
Posted By CrankyOne

Lots of great info in this thread! My wife...

Lots of great info in this thread!

My wife and I as well as several of our neighbors ride Dutch bikes for all of our commuting in Minnesota. We also have a collection of extras for friends to use...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,348
Posted By CrankyOne

One of our Omafiets is single-speed (w/ coaster...

One of our Omafiets is single-speed (w/ coaster brake) and I'd guess about a third of the bikes (largely opafiets and omafiets) in The Netherlands and other parts of Europe are single speed.
07-10-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,334
Posted By CrankyOne

Get far enough ahead of the bicycle rider that...

Get far enough ahead of the bicycle rider that the passenger cop can step out and flag the bicycle rider down?
07-10-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,249
Posted By CrankyOne

Another perspective. If a helmet were designed...

Another perspective. If a helmet were designed that was 100% completely effective in preventing every fatal head injury... We'd still have a bicycle fatality rate over 7 times greater than The...
07-10-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,249
Posted By CrankyOne

I'm not so sure about the short distances. The...

I'm not so sure about the short distances. The average Dutch rides about 1100 miles per year, the average American 30. That's 33 times farther. For individual trips I know folks who ride 30-40 miles...
07-09-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,249
Posted By CrankyOne

Consider that the country with likely the least...

Consider that the country with likely the least rate of helmet use, The Netherlands, has the lowest rate of bicycle fatalities (7.3 / Billion km) and is the only country in the world where it is...
06-20-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 14,693
Posted By CrankyOne

In Europe they are overall quite respectful....

In Europe they are overall quite respectful. There are occasionally some who are less considerate but the vast majority are not a problem.

They seem considerably less considerate in the U.S. and...
06-19-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 14,693
Posted By CrankyOne

To add some perspective. Riding my 40lb Opafiets...

To add some perspective. Riding my 40lb Opafiets @ 13 mph on flat ground requires about 70 watts. My max on my slightly hilly ride to a local café each morning is 92 watts.

During the entire time...
06-19-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 14,693
Posted By CrankyOne

This was and to some extent still is a...

This was and to some extent still is a significant problem in The Netherlands and the rest of Europe. They are being cautious about how restrictive they are but at the same time are wanting to make...
03-15-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,487
Posted By CrankyOne

Similarly, if our roads were designed to the same...

Similarly, if our roads were designed to the same safety standards as most European countries we'd have less than 1/3 of those fatalities so rather than 28,000 it'd be about 8,000 so 20,000 lives...
03-14-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,487
Posted By CrankyOne

Yep. An automobile life safety engineer told me...

Yep. An automobile life safety engineer told me last year that she's amazed at how many people are still killed inside cars in the U.S. given how much safer they've made them for occupants over the...
03-13-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,487
Posted By CrankyOne

I'm not sure that speeding on motorways has much...

I'm not sure that speeding on motorways has much to do with the rise in pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths.

I'm also not sure that speeding on motorways has much impact on injuries and...
03-11-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,730
Posted By CrankyOne

I generally ride for local transportation all...

I generally ride for local transportation all winter. We have several Dutch Opafiets and Omafiets so I stick a Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded tyre on the front of a couple for my wife and I and...
03-11-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,222
Posted By CrankyOne

"And in case of ebikes when ridden on assisted...

"And in case of ebikes when ridden on assisted mode all the weight is on the saddle and not the pedals"

This should not be unless you are very old (over about 85?) or have a disability. The motor...
03-11-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,949
Posted By CrankyOne

It's not just shops closing. Bicycle sales in the...

It's not just shops closing. Bicycle sales in the U.S. have declined annually for 17 straight years (based total sales from all sources; LBS, Online, Dept/Discount store, etc.). 2018 actually saw a...
03-03-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 821
Posted By CrankyOne

Thanks for the article. Great read. I've walked...

Thanks for the article. Great read. I've walked by the Six house and the younger Six's office numerous times. I'll have to look for the painting of the elder Six next time.

I'd guess the younger...
03-03-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,086
Posted By CrankyOne

Sounds like you've made a decision but I'll add...

Sounds like you've made a decision but I'll add this for others reading. We have a bunch of Dutch bikes (omafiets, opafiets, bakfiets) from Workcycles, Batavus, Gazelle, Fietsfabrik, and others....
01-10-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,055
Posted By CrankyOne

For your health you want frequent moderate...

For your health you want frequent moderate activity, not so much less frequent hard activity. Two to four 10-60 minutes bits spread throughout each and every day is about ideal (along with 2-3...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-18, 02:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,860
Posted By CrankyOne

Sorry about the late reply. They're available...

Sorry about the late reply. They're available from Workcycles and Dutch Bike Bits

http://www.workcycles.com

https://www.dutchbikebits.com
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