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Forum: Commuting
09-13-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,624
Posted By CrankyOne

Don't tell that to the tens of thousands who do...

Don't tell that to the tens of thousands who do ride these distances. They'll be disappointed to know that they're not doing what they think they are. 10 mph would also be quite slow. The average is...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,624
Posted By CrankyOne

It really depends on your goals. For me I largely...

It really depends on your goals. For me I largely keep transportation, workouts and recreation rather separate. My opafiets and bakfiets are the best options for transportation so I nearly always use...
09-11-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 820
Posted By CrankyOne

I'll put off getting an e-bike for as long as I...

I'll put off getting an e-bike for as long as I can and like others only PA and a smaller motor (<250w) that's smoother and uses less battery. Hopefully some years after 70 but we'll see. My knees...
09-11-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 640
Posted By CrankyOne

I'd not be so quick to blame the riders. The...

I'd not be so quick to blame the riders. The e-bikes sold in the U.S. are quite overpowered. Layer on a bad PAS and you've a problem. An average rider uses 200w to go 20 mph on flat windless ground....
Forum: Commuting
09-11-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,624
Posted By CrankyOne

When we got some pseudo protected bikeways along...

When we got some pseudo protected bikeways along some of our busier county roads we began to see more and more people who simply use a bicycle as a good mode of transportation. No dressing up to...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-21, 03:13 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,624
Posted By CrankyOne

Why is this? Because people just don't think of...

Why is this? Because people just don't think of it as an option? Because U.S. traffic engineers make walking and bicycling too dangerous? Because people think you have to dress up in lycra and...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-21, 03:09 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,624
Posted By CrankyOne

IIRC, about 30% of car trips in the U.S. are...

IIRC, about 30% of car trips in the U.S. are under 2 miles, 40% under 3 miles and 55% under 5 miles.

The thing for all of us to keep in mind is that just because my neighbor's commute is 50 miles...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,624
Posted By CrankyOne

To correct some misinformation... "no...

To correct some misinformation...


"no more" ? Just like in many countries people in The Netherlands (and Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany...) have varying trip distances. Some a very short...
08-11-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 12,902
Posted By CrankyOne

Yes. Sort of. It will 'allow' you to go faster...

Yes. Sort of. It will 'allow' you to go faster but not 'make' you or cause you to go faster. As gregf83 pointed out there's a difference in power at the pedal or power produced and kJ consumed in...
08-11-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 12,902
Posted By CrankyOne

Yes. But there is a vast difference in PEAK POWER...

Yes. But there is a vast difference in PEAK POWER and EFFICIENCY. I don't need anywhere close to peak power when I'm riding my Opafiets to the store. I do want efficiency though.

I want to travel...
08-11-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 12,902
Posted By CrankyOne

Most recent measurements have been heart rate...

Most recent measurements have been heart rate (Garmin HRM Dual) + blood ox (Apple watch & fingertip pulseOx)+ expelled CO2 (borrowed from MN Vikings training folks).

A local company has developed...
08-11-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 718
Posted By CrankyOne

Do center turn lanes increase safety for bicycle riders?

Our county engineers are expanding many county roads (most of which are 45 MPH) in residential areas from two lanes to two lanes + a center turn lane. They say, repeatedly, that this increases safety...
Forum: Commuting
08-04-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,624
Posted By CrankyOne

Outside of North America that commute would be a...

Outside of North America that commute would be a simple Dutch City Bike (City Bikes | LocalMile (http://localmile.org/city-bikes/)). More comfortable, more energy efficient than leaning forward,...
08-03-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 12,902
Posted By CrankyOne

Awesome bike! My guess is that you were...

Awesome bike!

My guess is that you were simply leaning forward more than was necessary. I generally have to be going up a pretty good grade or in to a harsh wind to lean forward any noticeable...
08-03-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 12,902
Posted By CrankyOne

Sorry for the late reply. At higher speeds, yes....

Sorry for the late reply. At higher speeds, yes. At lower speeds no. First, any weight on your handlebars is wasted energy. But we'll get to that in a bit.

Your body is a LOT of weight. Putting...
07-04-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 12,902
Posted By CrankyOne

It's important to keep in mind that there's not a...

It's important to keep in mind that there's not a simple single answer to the OP's question. It varies based on power output.

At lower wattages upright is more efficient and provides sufficient...
07-04-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 12,902
Posted By CrankyOne

Yes. And No. In general more of your weight is...

Yes. And No. In general more of your weight is on the saddle. And at lower speeds/wattage that's a good thing as your ischia/spine are more properly and efficiently supporting the weight of your...
05-22-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 12,902
Posted By CrankyOne

Sort of. Your weight is mostly on the saddle but...

Sort of. Your weight is mostly on the saddle but it is also partially over your legs so provides weight leverage. Unlike with leaning forward at lower speeds/effort (below about 260 watts) you are...
01-01-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,727
Posted By CrankyOne

Yeah, there's a reason (or reasons) that nearly...

Yeah, there's a reason (or reasons) that nearly everyone of every age outside of the U.S. rides Dutch geometry city bikes.

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

Glad...
11-24-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,027
Posted By CrankyOne

Fellow aspie here. First, know that it does not...

Fellow aspie here. First, know that it does not have to hold you back from doing what you want and having a good life. I'm sure you've heard that a million times but it always worth repeating. I've...
11-24-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,452
Posted By CrankyOne

As gios mentioned above, think about this when...

As gios mentioned above, think about this when you're driving (if you do). What works and what doesn't.

Reflectors are very beneficial in marginal conditions like dawn/dusk or when it's overcast...
09-06-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,758
Posted By CrankyOne

A bicycle rider in the U.S. is 11 times as likely...

A bicycle rider in the U.S. is 11 times as likely to be killed, per mile ridden, as one in The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, etc. The difference is in road design. They have safe bikeways and safe...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,803
Posted By CrankyOne

Have you looked at the Workcycles Gr8? Besides...

Have you looked at the Workcycles Gr8? Besides being one of the most comfortable Dutch bikes around it is available in any color combo you can imagine.
My wife is Swedish so her's is:...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,865
Posted By CrankyOne

A key reason that people outside of the U.S. use...

A key reason that people outside of the U.S. use enclosed chains. The entire drivetrain stays fairly clean, free from muck and so is highly reliable.

More; City Bikes | LocalMile...
08-07-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,067
Posted By CrankyOne

It's more than just the bars. ...

It's more than just the bars.

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A true dutch bike...
07-05-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,067
Posted By CrankyOne

If you are riding at less than about 18 MPH or...

If you are riding at less than about 18 MPH or you are feeling body weight on your hands rather than pulling up on the bars then you are likely putting too much unnatural pressure on your hands...
05-06-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,302
Posted By CrankyOne

Our roads are designed for high Level Of Service...

Our roads are designed for high Level Of Service (LOS) for drivers - low delay and high speeds. So long as that is the case it will remain exceptionally dangerous to ride in the U.S. The danger isn't...
05-06-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 449
Posted By CrankyOne

Long driveway & snow - crowned? Sloped? Other?

We have a long (1400 / 420 meters) driveway that we are having to get repaved. It has near complete tree coverage so gets only limited sun, particularly in winter. We get about 50-90 of snow per...
04-25-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,239
Posted By CrankyOne

Workcycles has a big brother Filibus for sale:...

Workcycles has a big brother Filibus for sale: https://www.bakfiets-en-meer.nl

€666- complete with 6.66 rolls of toilet paper

Figure about $150 shipping to the U.S.
04-22-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,239
Posted By CrankyOne

It's not going to work as well as a bakfiets for...

It's not going to work as well as a bakfiets for capacity or weight but it carries more of both than a standard bicycle and is easier to maneuver than a bakfiets - it fills a nice middle space. I...
04-21-20, 04:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,239
Posted By CrankyOne

These are actually quite stable and easy to ride.

These are actually quite stable and easy to ride.
04-21-20, 04:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,239
Posted By CrankyOne

That's made by Fietsfabriek. She got it at...

That's made by Fietsfabriek. She got it at Rolling Orange in Brooklyn about 6 years ago.
04-21-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,067
Posted By CrankyOne

That's fine. Though you did say "Real world data...

That's fine. Though you did say "Real world data does demonstrate that impact protection mitigates head and brain injuries and I only address impact from foam helmets in this thread." in this thread...
04-16-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,067
Posted By CrankyOne

What real world data supports this? I cannot find...

What real world data supports this? I cannot find any.
Forum: Commuting
04-07-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,750
Posted By CrankyOne

Some more good info: A view from the cycle path:...

Some more good info: A view from the cycle path: Anatomy of a reliable, everyday bicycle (http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/2009/01/anatomy-of-reliable-everyday-bicycle.html)
Forum: Commuting
04-07-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,750
Posted By CrankyOne

For best quality and ride comfort I would look at...

For best quality and ride comfort I would look at Workcycles and Azor. Also, none of the bicycles you've listed are 'Dutch Geometry'. All of them require you to lean forward which is inefficient and...
04-07-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 283
Posted By CrankyOne

Shimano Nexus 3 vs 8 gearing?

Does anyone know the gearing differences between Shimano Nexus 3-speed and 8-speed hubs? I thought there was a chart on Sheldon Brown but couldn't find it nor can I find it elsewhere.

Thanks,
04-05-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,454
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: 30
Views: 2,454
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: 1,592
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: 653
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: 23
Views: 3,026
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: 5,264
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: 36
Views: 2,716
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: 908
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: 36
Views: 2,716
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: 118
Views: 12,067
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: 970
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: 18,780
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: 18,780
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...
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