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Forum: Commuting 06-17-16, 05:10 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,805
Posted By harshbarj
It's called a dutch bike mate. They are heavy....

It's called a dutch bike mate. They are heavy. They are also built to last, so rust is not going to be a problem. As for racing, who cares? You don't go out and buy a car with the plan of racing it,...
Forum: Commuting 06-17-16, 05:05 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,805
Posted By harshbarj
Not a commuter mate.

Not a commuter mate.
Forum: Commuting 06-01-16, 01:24 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,805
Posted By harshbarj
For a commuter, fibre is almost useless. It's...

For a commuter, fibre is almost useless. It's great for making a light racing bike, but will be a poor choice for a commuter. You will want a lot of accessories that a fibre bike simply will not...
Forum: Living Car Free 05-22-16, 11:58 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,826
Posted By harshbarj
Been car free my whole life. Started out getting...

Been car free my whole life. Started out getting around by bus and when I learned they were killing the route near where I live, I switched to bicycle. It's simply a matter of learning to leave...
Forum: Utility Cycling 05-22-16, 11:53 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,006
Posted By harshbarj
All you really need are bags. I find a strong...

All you really need are bags. I find a strong front rack important as well, but you can get by without one.

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Forum: Utility Cycling 05-22-16, 11:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 846
Posted By harshbarj
With your budget, it's not doable, unless you can...

With your budget, it's not doable, unless you can find a used bike.

What you are looking for is called a Bakfiets.

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There are makers of these here in the states, but they are not...
Forum: Commuting 02-02-16, 11:27 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 4,978
Posted By harshbarj
If bicycle commuting is costing you money, you...

If bicycle commuting is costing you money, you are doing it wrong. I spent big on my commuter, and will still save over riding the bus for one year. My ride set me back $1600 (~$1800 with the parts I...
Forum: Commuting 12-07-15, 01:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,123
Posted By harshbarj
I'd argue upright bikes are easier on the knees....

I'd argue upright bikes are easier on the knees. I use to ride mountain style bikes and would have lots of pain in many areas. I now ride a dutch city bike and have no problems. 492165
Forum: Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets 08-20-15, 06:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 712
Posted By harshbarj
As far as I know, 12v systems are obsolete and no...

As far as I know, 12v systems are obsolete and no longer widely made. Nearly everything today is for 6v systems. Honestly you would not see a benefit to a 12v system as leds run on around 3v...
Forum: Commuting 08-11-15, 05:57 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,009
Posted By harshbarj
Mostly "Nice stopping in the crosswalk" and...

Mostly "Nice stopping in the crosswalk" and "Where's your lights?". Drivers stopping in the crosswalk forcing pedestrians out into the intersection is my big pet peeve!
Forum: Commuting 08-11-15, 05:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,033
Posted By harshbarj
My bike already has dynamo lights. Plus I don't...

My bike already has dynamo lights. Plus I don't wear helmets, making this useless for me.
Forum: Commuting 08-11-15, 05:42 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,633
Posted By harshbarj
I have to agree here. Too many riders think laws...

I have to agree here. Too many riders think laws don't apply to them. Now perhaps it's a bad law. Perhaps it's one that should be looked at, or perhaps that intersection needs a redesigned to...
Forum: Utility Cycling 08-11-15, 01:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,127
Posted By harshbarj
Thanks for the reply. The Burley hitch looks like...

Thanks for the reply. The Burley hitch looks like it might work well. It's a bit late to get one for my next trip, but I'll look into getting one for the one after that.
Forum: Utility Cycling 08-06-15, 01:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,127
Posted By harshbarj
That would be helpful. I plan on buying /...

That would be helpful. I plan on buying / building something soon that will need a strong hitch. Thanks!
Forum: Utility Cycling 08-05-15, 05:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,127
Posted By harshbarj
I'll have to get the digital calipers out and...

I'll have to get the digital calipers out and find out when I get home. Problem is I'm not sure I could trust that hitch. It looks like a bit of plastic, and I want to carry up to 100 kilos. If it's...
Forum: Utility Cycling 08-04-15, 06:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,127
Posted By harshbarj
Frame mounted trailer hitch?

I bought a trailer for my bike and love it, but I just don't trust the hitch. First I ride a dutch style bike, so the hitch has to be mounted on top of the IGH anti-turn washer. Next, When riding the...
Forum: Living Car Free 07-26-15, 12:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 761
Posted By harshbarj
Where I live, nearly all bike thefts happen when...

Where I live, nearly all bike thefts happen when bikes are not secured, or secured only with a cable lock. This is why I use 3 locks to secure my bike. I use a u-lock securing the frame to a post,...
Forum: Living Car Free 07-26-15, 01:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,107
Posted By harshbarj
Proud? No. Why would I be? Most days I don't even...

Proud? No. Why would I be? Most days I don't even think about it, I just go about my day. I'm only proud of things I have done that have taken great effort. Going car free took no effort at all as I...
Forum: Living Car Free 07-26-15, 01:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 415
Posted By harshbarj
Looking for a trailer that will work with a dutch bike?

Ok, I have decided it's time to do a little camping and want to get a trailer so I don't have to strap everything to the bike frame itself. Distance is going to be about 10km with two steep hills.
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Forum: Commuting 07-16-15, 03:21 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,185
Posted By harshbarj
Fine, but it's an uninformed comment. If you...

Fine, but it's an uninformed comment.

If you think they are selling because they are fashionable, you just don't know dutch bikes and should not comment.

Note, I can tell no difference in...
Forum: Commuting 07-15-15, 03:35 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,548
Posted By harshbarj
I encounter this often. Sure the person is being...

I encounter this often. Sure the person is being nice, but they don't realize the harm they are doing. Other drivers may not be so nice and may still be a danger. It also confuses some drivers as it...
Forum: Commuting 07-15-15, 02:24 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,185
Posted By harshbarj
That is a deal for a Gazelle. Only a 3 speed, but...

That is a deal for a Gazelle. Only a 3 speed, but that's fine even for modest hills. My belleville originally had a 3 speed and it was fine. Only problem was some times I wanted to be between gears....
Forum: Commuting 07-15-15, 01:34 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,185
Posted By harshbarj
Mostly because of shipping and tariffs. My bike...

Mostly because of shipping and tariffs. My bike cost under $1000, but shipping and tariffs boosted that to around $1600 (I bought a few extras as well). If not for the fees, I could have gotten a...
Forum: Commuting 07-15-15, 01:29 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,185
Posted By harshbarj
Total for shipping was just under $400. Plus I...

Total for shipping was just under $400. Plus I had to pay $128 in tariffs. So the total was around $1600
Forum: Commuting 07-15-15, 01:27 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,185
Posted By harshbarj
The standard OPA frame bike. I wanted the...

The standard OPA frame bike. I wanted the Workcycles transport, but am too short for the frame. Apparently dutch people are rather tall as I am at to slightly above average height for a person of...
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