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Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,970
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: 53
Views: 8,941
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: 3,046
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: 2,938
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?
07-10-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,796
Posted By CrankyOne

Another perspective. If a helmet were designed...

Another perspective. If a helmet were designed that was 100% completely effective in preventing every fatal head injury... We'd still have a bicycle fatality rate over 7 times greater than The...
07-10-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,796
Posted By CrankyOne

I'm not so sure about the short distances. The...

I'm not so sure about the short distances. The average Dutch rides about 1100 miles per year, the average American 30. That's 33 times farther. For individual trips I know folks who ride 30-40 miles...
07-09-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,796
Posted By CrankyOne

Consider that the country with likely the least...

Consider that the country with likely the least rate of helmet use, The Netherlands, has the lowest rate of bicycle fatalities (7.3 / Billion km) and is the only country in the world where it is...
06-20-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 13,119
Posted By CrankyOne

In Europe they are overall quite respectful....

In Europe they are overall quite respectful. There are occasionally some who are less considerate but the vast majority are not a problem.

They seem considerably less considerate in the U.S. and...
06-19-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 13,119
Posted By CrankyOne

To add some perspective. Riding my 40lb Opafiets...

To add some perspective. Riding my 40lb Opafiets @ 13 mph on flat ground requires about 70 watts. My max on my slightly hilly ride to a local café each morning is 92 watts.

During the entire time...
06-19-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 13,119
Posted By CrankyOne

This was and to some extent still is a...

This was and to some extent still is a significant problem in The Netherlands and the rest of Europe. They are being cautious about how restrictive they are but at the same time are wanting to make...
03-15-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 11,633
Posted By CrankyOne

Similarly, if our roads were designed to the same...

Similarly, if our roads were designed to the same safety standards as most European countries we'd have less than 1/3 of those fatalities so rather than 28,000 it'd be about 8,000 so 20,000 lives...
03-14-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 11,633
Posted By CrankyOne

Yep. An automobile life safety engineer told me...

Yep. An automobile life safety engineer told me last year that she's amazed at how many people are still killed inside cars in the U.S. given how much safer they've made them for occupants over the...
03-13-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 11,633
Posted By CrankyOne

I'm not sure that speeding on motorways has much...

I'm not sure that speeding on motorways has much to do with the rise in pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths.

I'm also not sure that speeding on motorways has much impact on injuries and...
03-11-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,305
Posted By CrankyOne

I generally ride for local transportation all...

I generally ride for local transportation all winter. We have several Dutch Opafiets and Omafiets so I stick a Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded tyre on the front of a couple for my wife and I and...
03-11-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,851
Posted By CrankyOne

"And in case of ebikes when ridden on assisted...

"And in case of ebikes when ridden on assisted mode all the weight is on the saddle and not the pedals"

This should not be unless you are very old (over about 85?) or have a disability. The motor...
03-11-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,450
Posted By CrankyOne

It's not just shops closing. Bicycle sales in the...

It's not just shops closing. Bicycle sales in the U.S. have declined annually for 17 straight years (based total sales from all sources; LBS, Online, Dept/Discount store, etc.). 2018 actually saw a...
03-03-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 731
Posted By CrankyOne

Thanks for the article. Great read. I've walked...

Thanks for the article. Great read. I've walked by the Six house and the younger Six's office numerous times. I'll have to look for the painting of the elder Six next time.

I'd guess the younger...
03-03-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,992
Posted By CrankyOne

Sounds like you've made a decision but I'll add...

Sounds like you've made a decision but I'll add this for others reading. We have a bunch of Dutch bikes (omafiets, opafiets, bakfiets) from Workcycles, Batavus, Gazelle, Fietsfabrik, and others....
01-10-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 920
Posted By CrankyOne

For your health you want frequent moderate...

For your health you want frequent moderate activity, not so much less frequent hard activity. Two to four 10-60 minutes bits spread throughout each and every day is about ideal (along with 2-3...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-18, 02:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,515
Posted By CrankyOne

Sorry about the late reply. They're available...

Sorry about the late reply. They're available from Workcycles and Dutch Bike Bits

http://www.workcycles.com

https://www.dutchbikebits.com
Forum: Commuting
03-31-18, 07:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,345
Posted By CrankyOne

We've tried to get people to call about any and...

We've tried to get people to call about any and every thing like that as well. The more calls they get the more responsive they are.
Forum: Commuting
03-31-18, 05:18 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,345
Posted By CrankyOne

It's hit or miss here but seems to get better...

It's hit or miss here but seems to get better (E.G., less ignorant blockage) each year. A couple of years ago we had a problem on a bikeway that went by a construction project with workers parking...
Forum: Commuting
03-30-18, 04:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,312
Posted By CrankyOne

Depends on what you call fast. Average speeds in...

Depends on what you call fast. Average speeds in The Netherlands are about 11-13 MPH but people riding 15-18 is common. I averaged about 16 for the 16 mile ride from Assen to Groningen once when I...
Forum: Commuting
03-30-18, 03:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,312
Posted By CrankyOne

If you visit Europe and especially The...

If you visit Europe and especially The Netherlands, Denmark and other countries where bicycling is a critical mode of transportation as well as recreation you'll not see many disc brakes except on...
12-16-17, 12:32 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 13,953
Posted By CrankyOne

Or both? Many of the people I admire the...

Or both?

Many of the people I admire the most are leaders when necessary, followers and valuable contributors otherwise.
Forum: Commuting
12-13-17, 08:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 810
Posted By CrankyOne

Wonderful bicycle. Congratulations! I ride a...

Wonderful bicycle. Congratulations! I ride a friends Omafiets in Gronningen and quite enjoy it.

Workcycles will ship to folks in North America: City Bikes | LocalMile...
12-13-17, 07:27 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 13,953
Posted By CrankyOne

A buddy of mine shoots for Suicide Girls. My...

A buddy of mine shoots for Suicide Girls. My Omafiets and Scott Addict have both had some quite attractive tattooed gals on them. My wife asked me if I'd ever wash the seats again. She also told me...
12-11-17, 10:53 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,736
Posted By CrankyOne

Hugh Grant's roommate in Knotting Hill gave it a...

Hugh Grant's roommate in Knotting Hill gave it a go:

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/AqKclRo1ZD0/hqdefault.jpg

I've several wetsuits from full thick suits for cold water diving to spring suits for mid...
12-10-17, 10:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,051
Posted By CrankyOne

Hah, I'd not even looked at it until now. It is...

Hah, I'd not even looked at it until now. It is more of a recumbent. I was imagining it was similar to an Electra Townie.

A smaller front chainring doesn't require a tensioner. We just take a...
12-10-17, 09:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,514
Posted By CrankyOne

Why? The Shinola is a bit of a downgrade from the...

Why? The Shinola is a bit of a downgrade from the Princess. It doesn't have a dynamo or front and rear lights, no lock, drivetrain isn't enclosed, disk brakes instead of roller or hub, thin tyres, no...
12-10-17, 08:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,051
Posted By CrankyOne

We have two Gr8's and have purchased Gr8's and...

We have two Gr8's and have purchased Gr8's and Fr8's for others. Truly wonderful bikes.

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

Did you ask Dylan or someone else at...
12-10-17, 07:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,529
Posted By CrankyOne

This. I spend part of each year in The...

This.

I spend part of each year in The Netherlands. Best place in the world to ride. We've frequently ridden off in the morning to some place for breakfast, then on to a village for lunch and then...
12-10-17, 07:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,587
Posted By CrankyOne

Uh, that's what it's designed for.

Uh, that's what it's designed for.
12-05-17, 04:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,587
Posted By CrankyOne

If you travel outside of the U.S., like to places...

If you travel outside of the U.S., like to places where lots of people ride bikes every day, you'll notice that nearly all men over about 16 that aren't serious racers are riding upright bikes....
12-05-17, 03:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,514
Posted By CrankyOne

Yes, well, not just Pashley's:...

Yes, well, not just Pashley's: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mellbin/

For example:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4388/36499665170_46c5461652_k.jpg
12-05-17, 01:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,514
Posted By CrankyOne

That style of bike is the most popular in the...

That style of bike is the most popular in the world and in countries like The Netherlands where people ride bicycles for much of their transportation is the bicycle of choice.

At the top of the...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 12:09 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,642
Posted By CrankyOne

Riding is my primary mode of transport for local...

Riding is my primary mode of transport for local trips, car second. Riding isn't drudgery so I'm happy to ride every day unless the weather is really bad, timing dictates driving or I've got to carry...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 11:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,661
Posted By CrankyOne

OP, where are you located? How far of a ride each...

OP, where are you located? How far of a ride each way? Hills or mountains along the way? For me showering or cleaning up isn't an option. I'm usually riding to a café to meet someone or meeting at...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-17, 09:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,912
Posted By CrankyOne

VanMoof is perhaps a good example of fashion over...

VanMoof is perhaps a good example of fashion over function.

Workcycles and Gazelle are the most available Dutch bikes in the US. Here's a bit more on them:

City Bikes | LocalMile...
Forum: Commuting
11-08-17, 10:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,372
Posted By CrankyOne

Be cautious, you could get a charge out of one of...

Be cautious, you could get a charge out of one of the capacitors.
11-02-17, 09:45 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,098
Posted By CrankyOne

:-) Grew up in the south, lived in Europe,...

:-)

Grew up in the south, lived in Europe, now a yankee part of the year. I still ask people if they'd like a 'coke' (vs pop or soda), I frequently put things in the boot of my car, and more than...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-17, 06:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,135
Posted By CrankyOne

Have you considered a different bike? Millions of...

Have you considered a different bike? Millions of people throughout Europe ride to/from work everyday and do so in normal clothes on normal city bikes. They consider 'kit' for anything less than...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-17, 06:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,012
Posted By CrankyOne

Workcycles, Azor and Batavus are all good options...

Workcycles, Azor and Batavus are all good options and since they're made for Dutch and Norhoochien riders are good for tall folk. A 73cm should be perfect for you.

More: City Bikes | LocalMile...
10-31-17, 05:55 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,987
Posted By CrankyOne

Hope Tom noglider is OK.

Hope Tom noglider is OK.
10-31-17, 07:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 953
Posted By CrankyOne

For transportation and daily use: Workcycles,...

For transportation and daily use: Workcycles, Azor, Batavus, Brooks, Selle, NuVinci, Schwalbe, Sturmey-Archer. Shimano?

Road: Scott, BMC, Fizik, Shimano, Sram, Gatorskins, Powertap, Garmin ... The...
10-31-17, 07:02 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,098
Posted By CrankyOne

Here's the problem. Think about someone walking...

Here's the problem. Think about someone walking south on the west side (so with traffic... and note that the image is turned 90° so north is to the right). The first roundabout isn't much of a...
10-31-17, 06:54 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,098
Posted By CrankyOne

Multi-lane is typically 2 lanes within the...

Multi-lane is typically 2 lanes within the roundabout not just on approach. These are often the same but not always.

The approach speed limit is 45 MPH. They estimate 27-33 MPH within the...
Forum: Commuting
10-27-17, 06:50 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,109
Posted By CrankyOne

For us being able to safely, comfortably, and...

For us being able to safely, comfortably, and efficiently ride bicycles for some of our local transportation was a high priority. In our case though we ranked local trips to the grocery, pharmacy,...
10-23-17, 05:49 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,098
Posted By CrankyOne

Roundabouts work quite well and are extremely...

Roundabouts work quite well and are extremely beneficial for lightly used junctions.
10-23-17, 05:48 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,098
Posted By CrankyOne

Do you have a google maps link for these? ...

Do you have a google maps link for these?

How long do you typically have to wait for a safe gap to cross?
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