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Forum: Commuting 07-21-16, 12:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 641
Posted By CrankyOne
Outside of the U.S. and U.K. coaster brakes are...

Outside of the U.S. and U.K. coaster brakes are the norm and probably 80% or more of bikes have them. Super reliable, no cables to freeze up, no need for both hands on the handlebars to stop, etc. ...
Forum: Commuting 07-18-16, 01:26 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,012
Posted By CrankyOne
Wider tyres are not necessarily slower than...

Wider tyres are not necessarily slower than narrower. They can be heavier though so if there are lots of big hills to climb then that could be an issue.

Contrary to what was said above, step-thru...
Forum: Commuting 07-18-16, 01:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,165
Posted By CrankyOne
We have dynamo's on the bikes we use for...

We have dynamo's on the bikes we use for transportation. Always on the bike, always ready, no batteries to forget to charge, never have to take them anywhere, not much worry they'll ever be stolen,...
Forum: Professional Cycling For the Fans 07-18-16, 01:08 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,373
Posted By CrankyOne
With Porte now ahead of him (though like Tejay he...

With Porte now ahead of him (though like Tejay he seems always to have a bad day, perhaps the tire was it this year) I'm guessing Tejay's days as team leader will be limited in the future. Very sad...
Forum: Commuting 07-17-16, 01:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 403
Posted By CrankyOne
Almost everyone keeps their bikes outside all...

Almost everyone keeps their bikes outside all year in Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, France, and elsewhere. Won't hurt them. As others have said, a seat cover can make life a bit better. An IGH and...
Forum: Commuting 07-15-16, 08:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 721
Posted By CrankyOne
:-) Mtn & Hybrids got kind of popular in the...

:-) Mtn & Hybrids got kind of popular in the early 2000's for a brief period but everyone mostly went back to traditional Dutch. Interestingly back problems, particularly longer term, were one of...
Forum: Professional Cycling For the Fans 07-15-16, 06:49 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,373
Posted By CrankyOne
Will Tejay ever have it?

I've held on to a lot of optimism but it's quickly fading. He doesn't seem to have the mental desire or physical ability to go up against the best. Maybe it's not even physical but purely lacking in...
Forum: Commuting 07-15-16, 06:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 721
Posted By CrankyOne
When I've asked bike folks in Netherlands and...

When I've asked bike folks in Netherlands and Denmark about belt they've fairly consistently responded that they find no advantage to them and a number of disadvantages so no reason to use them.
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Forum: Commuting 07-15-16, 06:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 721
Posted By CrankyOne
From an orthopedic standpoint this is quite rare....

From an orthopedic standpoint this is quite rare. Most back problems including degenerative do much better with upright. As well, a slight lean forward (vs full forward on a road bike) is often the...
Forum: Commuting 07-13-16, 07:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,172
Posted By CrankyOne
Steco makes several racks with stands. Which rack...

Steco makes several racks with stands. Which rack do you have?

BTW, a good source for Steco and other Dutchie stuff is Dutch Bike Bits (http://www.dutchbikebits.com)
Forum: Commuting 06-16-16, 05:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,573
Posted By CrankyOne
The notion that commuting should only be done on...

The notion that commuting should only be done on racing or off-road mountain/hybrid bikes only exists in the U.S. Outside of the U.S. you'll find that nearly 100% of people commute on upright city...
Forum: Commuting 06-13-16, 01:34 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,251
Posted By CrankyOne
You put forth a specious argument that not...

You put forth a specious argument that not showering would allow 'bad bacteria' to grow and thus cause health problems. The point I was making is that this has not proven to be a problem for people...
Forum: Commuting 06-13-16, 08:59 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,251
Posted By CrankyOne
You do realize that folks in the U.S. have a much...

You do realize that folks in the U.S. have a much lower life expectancy than folks in Europe who don't shower nearly as often, nor wear anti-perspirant, nor use harsh soaps and shampoos when they do...
Forum: Commuting 06-11-16, 11:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 577
Posted By CrankyOne
Bike thief lassoed !

Rancher lassos bike thief outside Oregon Walmart, cops say | Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/10/rancher-lassos-bike-thief-outside-oregon-walmart-cops-say.html?intcmp=hpbt4)

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Forum: Commuting 06-09-16, 01:32 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,251
Posted By CrankyOne
Do you really need to shower?

Thought this interesting.

What Happens When You Quit Showering? - The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/06/i-stopped-showering-and-life-continued/486314/)

Most people can...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 06-08-16, 02:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 590
Posted By CrankyOne
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Forum: Advocacy & Safety 06-08-16, 05:10 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 11,536
Posted By CrankyOne
Is this worse than the 7 other people walking and...

Is this worse than the 7 other people walking and bicycling who were killed individually by people driving cars yesterday? Why no outrage for them? Or the other 5,342 who will be killed this year?
Forum: Commuting 06-03-16, 05:32 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,806
Posted By CrankyOne
Your body is designed to perspire. It's how you...

Your body is designed to perspire. It's how you cool yourself. When you interfere with your body's natural cooling, such as with anti-perspirant that by its design clogs your sweat pores, you often...
Forum: Commuting 06-03-16, 05:15 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,661
Posted By CrankyOne
I certainly wouldn't call them "questionable...

I certainly wouldn't call them "questionable popularity in it's country of origin" (which could be either Denmark or Netherlands as Christiania and Bakfiets.NL came out at about the same time). If...
Forum: Commuting 06-03-16, 04:44 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,661
Posted By CrankyOne
Having brought back numerous bikes on airlines...

Having brought back numerous bikes on airlines and having had dozens shipped, including 5 bakfiets, I can probably put all of your fears to rest.

Shipped: Most shops or manufacturers will charge...
Forum: Commuting 06-03-16, 04:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 719
Posted By CrankyOne
I think Brussels is consistently ranked as one of...

I think Brussels is consistently ranked as one of the worst places for bicycling in western Europe (and one of the most dangerous to drive in).

It is changing though. They've begun building...
Forum: Commuting 06-01-16, 05:48 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,661
Posted By CrankyOne
In The Netherlands (and much of northern Europe)...

In The Netherlands (and much of northern Europe) you'll rarely see young children on the back. They're almost always up front (seat behind handlebars or seat mounted on top tube) or in a bakfiets. If...
Forum: Commuting 06-01-16, 04:38 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,661
Posted By CrankyOne
Last year we estimated about 80 in Minneapolis /...

Last year we estimated about 80 in Minneapolis / St Paul. All that I'm aware of are used for hauling kids, groceries, dogs and other stuff and are either kept outside all year or in a garage. About...
Forum: Commuting 06-01-16, 07:47 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,661
Posted By CrankyOne
Yes. There are numerous reasons you see almost...

Yes. There are numerous reasons you see almost zero trailers in Europe.

Fixed it. (me thinks you've been sniffing too much in the lab, the ride from your new house might clear your head a bit) :-)...
Forum: Commuting 06-01-16, 07:35 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,806
Posted By CrankyOne
OP, congrats on riding with a prosthesis! This is...

OP, congrats on riding with a prosthesis! This is very common in The Netherlands and somewhat elsewhere but sadly uncommon in the U.S.

A few thoughts:

- Smelly clothes or people hanging around...
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