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09-06-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,924
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: 1,440
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: 1,923
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: 770
Posted By CrankyOne

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

It's more than just the bars.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/527x115/dutchness_pic_2_stick_figure_position_508036851db0683161647b49832cb56c8fc95545.png

A true dutch bike...
07-05-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 770
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: 1,033
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: 331
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: 910
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: 910
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: 910
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: 910
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: 10,136
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: 10,136
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: 1,468
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: 1,468
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: 180
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: 1,988
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: 1,988
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: 701
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: 549
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: 1,553
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: 3,597
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: 2,171
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: 691
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: 2,171
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: 10,136
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: 698
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: 15,362
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: 15,362
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: 15,362
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: 15,362
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: 1,724
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: 1,724
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: 17,450
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: 2,176
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: 17,450
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: 17,450
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: 17,450
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: 1,417
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: 840
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: 3,065
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: 3,065
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: 1,724
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: 1,724
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: 2,582
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: 1,724
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: 41
Views: 8,608
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: 13,625
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: 3,572
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: 3,504
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?
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