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Forum: Folding Bikes
07-03-14, 07:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 28,222
Posted By bhtooefr

"Ghost shift" products are a thing - a factory...

"Ghost shift" products are a thing - a factory subcontracted to a major brand will make two shifts for them, and tell them that they idle the plant at night... but they actually run a third shift, on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-10-14, 07:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,281
Posted By bhtooefr

I'd really like to avoid leaving the bike...

I'd really like to avoid leaving the bike somewhere, especially given the traffic volume. Likely nowhere to check it, either.

The frame backpack idea might just work.

Walking the bike has the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-10-14, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,281
Posted By bhtooefr

Best approach for maneuvering through crowds with a Dahon?

Last year, I went to the Dayton Hamvention (http://hamvention.org), and brought my Boardwalk with me.

It turned out to be incredibly handy for going between my car and the venue (massively...
03-09-14, 09:56 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,514
Posted By bhtooefr

Protected lanes need the correct legal framework...

Protected lanes need the correct legal framework and proper design to make motorists respect them, really.

Liability defaulting to the less vulnerable user (whether by direct rule, or by giving...
02-19-14, 09:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,144
Posted By bhtooefr

The Sachs Elan 12-speed hub. 3.4 kg for just the...

The Sachs Elan 12-speed hub. 3.4 kg for just the hub, crazy complex internal layout, quality issues, and a 339% range (although looking at the ratios, they really did get the whole progressively...
02-19-14, 09:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,144
Posted By bhtooefr

Speaking of Shimano and failed experiments... how...

Speaking of Shimano and failed experiments... how about Dura-Ace 10 Pitch?
02-19-14, 08:57 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,759
Posted By bhtooefr

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinac_Island,_Mic...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinac_Island,_Michigan

So there is a car-free (with exceptions for emergency and construction vehicles) municipality in the US. To the point that the only brown on...
02-19-14, 08:40 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,144
Posted By bhtooefr

Well, the bent world does embrace small wheels,...

Well, the bent world does embrace small wheels, too...

Here's a review of it: http://www.velovision.com/showStory.php?storynum=1219

The people that I've talked to that have them like them, so...
02-19-14, 08:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,733
Posted By bhtooefr

My lowest temperature ride was as low as -16 F,...

My lowest temperature ride was as low as -16 F, it seems, on January 28. (-12 F when I departed, but I rode to an open area that was cooler.)

I don't normally winter bike, but I had car trouble...
02-19-14, 08:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,144
Posted By bhtooefr

And Giant did a crank forward:...

And Giant did a crank forward: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/lifestyle/600/28460/
Forum: Recumbent
02-18-14, 11:04 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,598
Posted By bhtooefr

Higher speed capability (although you don't...

Higher speed capability (although you don't actually have to use it)
Width (IIRC trikes are usually a bit wider than the average wheelchair)
Length (trikes are much longer)
Manueverability (this...
02-12-14, 05:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,603
Posted By bhtooefr

How many lanes of travel are there on the 45-55...

How many lanes of travel are there on the 45-55 mph roads?

If there's two lanes in one direction, and bicycles aren't banned on that route, it may be worth trying to take the right lane, rather...
02-12-14, 04:57 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 4,178
Posted By bhtooefr

It doesn't help that bike lanes are handled at...

It doesn't help that bike lanes are handled at intersections completely incorrectly in the US.

http://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/state-of-the-art-bikeway-design-or-is-it/ is worth a...
02-11-14, 08:31 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 10,845
Posted By bhtooefr

This is what counts for public transportation in...

This is what counts for public transportation in my area: http://www.newarkohio.net/city-services/departments/development/programs/transit

It's basically a bus-shaped taxi service, primarily...
Forum: Recumbent
02-11-14, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,333
Posted By bhtooefr

I upgraded from the Cheap Sh... erm... Cheng Shin...

I upgraded from the Cheap Sh... erm... Cheng Shin tires (the 40 psi ones that TerraTrike ships by default) on my trike, and have found them pretty good so far. I'd say I picked up 1-2 mph (just a...
Forum: Recumbent
02-11-14, 12:51 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,598
Posted By bhtooefr

Most jurisdictions define a bicycle as a human...

Most jurisdictions define a bicycle as a human powered vehicle with 2 or 3 wheels.

However, there are sometimes some loopholes. Sometimes there's a wheel size requirement - usually larger than 16"...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-11-14, 08:08 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,885
Posted By bhtooefr

Going into vintage parts, there's a few more...

Going into vintage parts, there's a few more options.

Sachs Duomatic, which is just as nice as the SRAM Automatix (and the automatic version has the same drawback of having to open it up to...
12-17-13, 08:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,381
Posted By bhtooefr

The battery that powers the drive wheels, as...

The battery that powers the drive wheels, as opposed to the 12 V accessory battery.
12-15-13, 12:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,381
Posted By bhtooefr

There's also the consideration that diesel...

There's also the consideration that diesel engines tend to be underrated in EPA tests (especially the ones that use DEF instead of NOx traps, because the EPA cycle isn't long enough for the DEF...
12-15-13, 09:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,381
Posted By bhtooefr

The problem is that there's really two levels of...

The problem is that there's really two levels of hypermiling.

The first level is just efficient driving. Keeping speeds down (typically at the lower end of motorist speeds, but not below that),...
12-12-13, 08:32 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,057
Posted By bhtooefr

Hmm. ...

Hmm.

http://www.bikerumor.com/2013/12/12/epix-vs-epic-specialized-does-the-right-thing/
12-12-13, 06:59 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,057
Posted By bhtooefr

But they don't have to be dickbags about it.

But they don't have to be dickbags about it.
12-12-13, 11:22 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,057
Posted By bhtooefr

And, Specialized proves conclusively that they...

And, Specialized proves conclusively that they didn't learn a damn thing, and it was just ASI's *****slap that got them to back off of Café Roubaix:...
12-09-13, 08:06 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,057
Posted By bhtooefr

Citation needed on that. I couldn't find that in...

Citation needed on that. I couldn't find that in my searching. (Although I did find something about descriptive or misleadingly descriptive trademarks:...
12-06-13, 09:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,366
Posted By bhtooefr

I actually think that our current economic models...

I actually think that our current economic models that depend on everyone having a job, even a menial one, are unsustainable, and arguably inhumane and a waste of what humans are good at. I also...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-05-13, 04:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,738
Posted By bhtooefr

It does not, which defeats the purpose of the...

It does not, which defeats the purpose of the design. Still looks neat, though.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-04-13, 05:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,738
Posted By bhtooefr

Damn you, making me look those things up. Now I...

Damn you, making me look those things up. Now I want one myself! (Looks too rich for my blood, though.)

Looks like the one you pictured is a Danish clone of one. (The actual WW2 BSA-produced ones...
12-03-13, 10:52 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,769
Posted By bhtooefr

I had half a mind to build my Dahon up as a...

I had half a mind to build my Dahon up as a retrodirect. Decided the KISS factor of the Sachs hub made more sense.
Forum: Commuting
12-01-13, 09:46 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,397
Posted By bhtooefr

Left, to make my cycle look visually larger on...

Left, to make my cycle look visually larger on the side that traffic will pass me on. And it also keeps it away from the chain.

Although a recumbent trike doesn't exactly need help in that regard....
11-30-13, 07:27 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,889
Posted By bhtooefr

For what it's worth, it also depends ON THE...

For what it's worth, it also depends ON THE MIRROR.

Eyeglass mirrors end up requiring me to turn my head some anyway even when they're aimed as good as I can get it, and actually are a...
11-28-13, 08:24 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,889
Posted By bhtooefr

Cars can be rather quiet nowadays. And I can...

Cars can be rather quiet nowadays.

And I can scan behind AND in front of me visually quite easily with a mirror.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-28-13, 06:52 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,436
Posted By bhtooefr

A single bike, that folds? Think I'll go for...

A single bike, that folds?

Think I'll go for the Toxy Flite. With the seat removed, it's not really any bigger than a Dahon, and the first stage fold is pretty quick (fold down the handlebar, then...
11-28-13, 03:33 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 6,889
Posted By bhtooefr

Mirrors really are damn useful. Although I hate...

Mirrors really are damn useful. Although I hate my eyeglass mirror, I'm considering going helmet. But on my recumbent trike, a Mirrycle works quite well.

The rest I agree with, though, at least...
Forum: Commuting
11-27-13, 05:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,227
Posted By bhtooefr

My understanding is that the electric motor must...

My understanding is that the electric motor must cut out past 20 mph, based on my interpretation of that law (and of the CPSC rule allowing 750 watt 20 mph e-bikes to be classified as bicycles).
...
11-26-13, 06:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,769
Posted By bhtooefr

Fork locks have been done, though, which would...

Fork locks have been done, though, which would prevent steering.

Looking at Michigan's laws... MCL 257.662(1) doesn't actually say that additional lights aren't allowed, just what's required. It...
Forum: Commuting
11-26-13, 12:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,227
Posted By bhtooefr

Velomobiles would be the only real option, and...

Velomobiles would be the only real option, and then you're still looking at five or six hours round trip.

And those "fastest e-bikes" are hardly bicycles, more like illegal electric motorcycles.
...
Forum: Commuting
11-26-13, 05:06 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,573
Posted By bhtooefr

I primarily use my recumbent trike, but the...

I primarily use my recumbent trike, but the folding bike is equipped for commuting in a pinch, and rain capes don't work on recumbents, so I've been known to use the folder instead in rain.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-25-13, 11:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,073
Posted By bhtooefr

I rock an older Boardwalk 1 with some upgrades....

I rock an older Boardwalk 1 with some upgrades. Really, whether single speed works for you depends on your fitness and the terrain.

For me, it didn't work, so I retrofitted a Sachs 2-speed...
11-24-13, 12:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,994
Posted By bhtooefr

If it's snowing, here, I break out the car. ...

If it's snowing, here, I break out the car.

Side effect of liking small wheels and a tadpole recumbent trike being my preferred ride. Tadpole recumbents with smooth tires, plus snow accumulation,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-23-13, 01:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,544
Posted By bhtooefr

Ah. Fair enough. I guess I'm just used to...

Ah. Fair enough. I guess I'm just used to marketing terms being used that don't actually mean anything. And even 1018 is an alloy, no?

And, I wasn't bashing Dahon, I was bashing Raleigh, anyway....
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-21-13, 10:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,544
Posted By bhtooefr

From the OP's other thread, sounds like the...

From the OP's other thread, sounds like the Raleigh folders are rebranded Dahons.

I like how it's just "alloy", though. Dahon at least admits when they're using gas pipe... (Nothing wrong with gas...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-19-13, 03:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,926
Posted By bhtooefr

I do think MBB FWD is where the best fold will be...

I do think MBB FWD is where the best fold will be achieved, due to the chainline contortions needed to get a RWD bent folded.

And then there's this thing:...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-19-13, 12:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,926
Posted By bhtooefr

There's also the Toxy Flite, which AFAIK folds...

There's also the Toxy Flite, which AFAIK folds smaller than the Origami.

And, Trident has the TWIG folder.
11-19-13, 11:45 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,213
Posted By bhtooefr

I typically start in my apartment's parking lot. ...

I typically start in my apartment's parking lot.

When I had a 50 mile one way commute, I occasionally did the last seven miles by bike, so that counts as 43 miles I guess.

Longest I've driven...
07-16-13, 04:15 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,606
Posted By bhtooefr

A few things: 20 mph averages may actually...

A few things:

20 mph averages may actually be easier for urban cyclists in traffic than professional racers. You get much more benefit from a SUV pulling than from a cyclist pulling, as long as...
07-15-13, 06:51 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,330
Posted By bhtooefr

Reducing radius corners can be damn terrifying,...

Reducing radius corners can be damn terrifying, but in this case, the guy was nowhere near the cornering limits of his motorcycle.
07-15-13, 06:38 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,330
Posted By bhtooefr

As was said before, that looked clearly like...

As was said before, that looked clearly like target fixation.

Which is something they harp on in the classroom portion of the MSF Basic RiderCourse, and then cover some in the riding portion, but...
07-14-13, 03:01 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,330
Posted By bhtooefr

There's also Ohio's solution, which is simply to...

There's also Ohio's solution, which is simply to not maintain the roads, and let them become a series of heaves and potholes naturally.
07-14-13, 02:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,744
Posted By bhtooefr

1341 fatalities in the 0-15 age group, though,...

1341 fatalities in the 0-15 age group, though, with 132 of those fatalities being pedalcyclists, 533 of them being occupants in a motor vehicle.

So, it's not just more dying in car crashes than...
07-14-13, 09:35 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,744
Posted By bhtooefr

I'd argue that Newark and Heath, OH have a far...

I'd argue that Newark and Heath, OH have a far worse public transit system than any of those.

http://www.newarkohio.net/city-services/departments/development/programs/transit

It's entirely...
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