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06-13-14, 06:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,092
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I use Koolstop Salmon colored brake pads because...

I use Koolstop Salmon colored brake pads because they are really gentle to the rims. They use an Iron-Oxide compound (originally by Scott-Mathauser) that also work very well in wet weather.
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Forum: Commuting
06-07-14, 05:30 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 19,017
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While there are plenty of good non-Brooks...

While there are plenty of good non-Brooks saddles, I don't think there is saddle that is just like the Brooks B17, but made out of synthetic materials. I think the many qualities of the Brooks B17...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-14, 05:43 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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As I understand it, over-voltage protectors are...

As I understand it, over-voltage protectors are required as part of the dynamo light system, but for decades this protection have been inbuilt in any sane dynamo light design I have ever seen. So...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-14, 05:12 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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Yes. Someone with a 2. gen. Saferide tested it...

Yes. Someone with a 2. gen. Saferide tested it with both the Philips cells charged with a decent BC700 charger, and some new Eneloop X charged with the internal charger:

The Philips cells lasted...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-14, 03:23 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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Did you notice the update: "Update 2012-1-23:...

Did you notice the update:
"Update 2012-1-23: Runtimes of 2 lamps with production dates 0911 and 2111 are ca. 1:25 on high, then taking out a battery and immediately putting it back in again gave...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-14, 08:29 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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I have yet to see an official announcement, only...

I have yet to see an official announcement, only a copy of email allegedly saying so. But a German online retailer, bike-components.de, have started labeling all their Philips lights as...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-14, 03:54 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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As I see the chart, the rider has to ride at...

As I see the chart, the rider has to ride at 25-30 km/h to even reach minimum required electrical output for the Saferide pedelec light. Doable for some, but not really practical that the light is...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-14, 03:26 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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I don't think it will work as intended. The...

I don't think it will work as intended. The manual of Saferide pedelec version says:
"The system battery needs to be able to deliver minimal: 6V/1.3A (7,8W) or 12V/0,55A (6,6W) or 24V/0,25A (6W) or...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-14, 03:11 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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Correct, there is no 80 lux Philips Saferide...

Correct, there is no 80 lux Philips Saferide dynamo light, only the 60 lux model. This is also evident on Philips homepage.

The dynamo version of the 60 lux Philips Saferide is a very nice light,...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-14, 02:08 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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I think you are still confused about "Ixon...

I think you are still confused about "Ixon Premium" and the "Ixon Core":

The new version of the 80 lux B&M Ixon IQ Premium that the OP has, comes optionally with 2.100 mAh batteries (probably some...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-14, 01:13 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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No, the OP talks about the brand new "Ixon IQ...

No, the OP talks about the brand new "Ixon IQ Premium", not the old "Ixon IQ" that is compared to the Saferide (or the new "Ixon Q2 Core" for that matter).
Forum: Commuting
05-14-14, 01:00 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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That is not the 80 lux "IXON IQ Premium" but the...

That is not the 80 lux "IXON IQ Premium" but the much smaller and cheaper 50 lux "IXON Core IQ2" on the photos and in the discussion (notice the thread headline too).

The small IQ Core does a...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-14, 12:20 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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[snip: comparison between IQ Ixon and Philips...

[snip: comparison between IQ Ixon and Philips Saferide]

Notice that this is between the old IQ Ixon and the Philips. The new "Premium" edition of all B&M's lights are significantly better. I...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-14, 11:14 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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I totally disagree. I find his "tests" and...

I totally disagree. I find his "tests" and conclusions highly subjective and very opinionated. The problem isn't so much that he has idiosyncratic preferences, but that he thinks he is highly...
04-23-14, 03:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,127
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The best explanation of chain wear measuring...

The best explanation of chain wear measuring tools I know of is this:
http://pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-004/000.html#commercial-wear-measuring-tools

The bottom line is that he finds commercial chain...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-14, 09:25 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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Yes: BaslerBikes 2. Scheinwerfervergleich 2013...

Yes:
BaslerBikes 2. Scheinwerfervergleich 2013 (November) - BaslerBikes - Wir leben Radfahren (http://www.baslerbikes.de/index.php/baslerbikes-2-Scheinwerfervergleich-2013-november.html)

The...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-14, 08:32 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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I frequently read German bike forums and I must...

I frequently read German bike forums and I must say I can't recognise what you say. The only group that tend to criticize the law is DIY light builders, since the mandated light cut-off line is...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-14, 07:19 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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Axa-Stenmann is a old company that has absorbed...

Axa-Stenmann is a old company that has absorbed several other EU bicycle component manufacturers. They have a really strong OEM relationship with many EU bicycle manufacturers and a strong retail...
Forum: Commuting
04-11-14, 03:40 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 49,514
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Shaped beams on battery lights are a good idea...

Shaped beams on battery lights are a good idea when riding on MUPS or in cities, because blinding people with a retina searing Magicshine light is considered rude many places. Shaped beams also make...
10-01-13, 06:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 616
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There are some caveats regarding using a Nexus 8...

There are some caveats regarding using a Nexus 8 for a winter bike.

The return spring is rather weak, so frozen cables can often be an issue (if left outside, set it in a reasonable middle gear)....
09-16-13, 10:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 756
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I think the spokes where tested with extreme load...

I think the spokes where tested with extreme load in order to accelerate metal fatigue. Since a normal wheel (36H 3x) may last 100.000 or perhaps even 200.000 km before the spokes break from metal...
06-24-13, 08:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,738
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I don't say that nipples won't break (though it...

I don't say that nipples won't break (though it is something rare with brass nipples), but IMHO the reason why brass nipples do is because of manufacturing defects, perhaps combined with bad nipple...
06-23-13, 05:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,738
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325143 I have seen that claim too, but I am...

325143

I have seen that claim too, but I am pretty sure it is just an speculative urban myth. As explained, every 14 mm DT Swiss has an ideal spoke termination length 1 mm below the top of the...
06-23-13, 03:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,738
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A couple of visible threads is only a cosmetic...

A couple of visible threads is only a cosmetic problem, not a structural problem. If you use standard 12 mm nipples, and the threads protrude 0.5-1.0 mm below the shank, there will still be around 7...
Forum: Commuting
04-30-13, 08:17 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,013
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I think it is unlikely that the u-lock shown was...

I think it is unlikely that the u-lock shown was lock picked and then closed again (you have to "lock pick" it to close it too). Besides that, it is important for the thief to remove any evidence of...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-13, 07:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,260
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There is a lot of rubbish printed about tire...

There is a lot of rubbish printed about tire pressure. Usually people try to make up "universal tire pressure rules" with associated mathematical formulas. IMO such rules doesn't exist. I think you...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-13, 07:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,658
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Both solutions will work for your needs. The...

Both solutions will work for your needs. The Tubus QR system is excellent if one wishes to take off the rack when it isn't needed, and add it when it is. Works on carbon chain stays too. Tubus also...
02-17-13, 11:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 25,413
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The problem is, that it is quite common to trash...

The problem is, that it is quite common to trash the bearing races of the Nexus, rather than the internal gear system. And since the races are part of the hub shell, you have to use an entirely new...
02-17-13, 05:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 25,413
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There are some caveats here: Shimano may not...

There are some caveats here: Shimano may not honour their warranty if they think that wear and tear is the problem. Their warning about smaller service intervals if ridden in adverse weather...
02-16-13, 03:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 25,413
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One of the several design flaws of the Nexus 8...

One of the several design flaws of the Nexus 8 series is that the bearing races are part of the hub shell. If you pit the races, the hub is permanently dead, since a new hub shell can't be bought as...
02-14-13, 06:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,222
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I have build all my rear wheels with +130Kgf on...

I have build all my rear wheels with +130Kgf on the drive side for many years without any problems (Mavic CXP 33 and OEM single eyelet rims; 36H 3X spoke lacing). I find that 110 Kgf DS is way too...
12-28-12, 12:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,817
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Not sure what you mean, but I have actually seen...

Not sure what you mean, but I have actually seen many disassembled dynamo hubs, and I have serviced and repaired my own Shimano 2N70 and 3N71 dynamo hubs. The "Trinity bicycle" guide to overhauling...
12-28-12, 10:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,817
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No they aren't. Besides the fact that the current...

No they aren't. Besides the fact that the current Shimano "Sport Dynamo" design pre-dates the Sanyo H27 and that they in all likelihood are designed in Japan, not Taiwan, and Shimano dynamohubs uses...
12-28-12, 06:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,817
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No personal experience, but the Sanyo H 27 was...

No personal experience, but the Sanyo H 27 was tested in the April 2012 edition of the German Magazine "Fahrrad Zukunft". The H27 had surprisingly high drag with the lights off, especially at higher...
Forum: Commuting
11-22-12, 03:20 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,738
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I really don't think your blanket statement about...

I really don't think your blanket statement about Europe's geography or urban development are true. Sure, there may have been some small villages or farms around eg. Copenhagen in the olden days, but...
Forum: Commuting
11-22-12, 01:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,738
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I think you misunderstand my post. I wasn't...

I think you misunderstand my post. I wasn't comparing bikeability between Denmark and the US, I was correcting an error (that population density was increasing), and countering that simple economic...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-12, 05:02 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,738
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The population density in eg. Copenhagen has been...

The population density in eg. Copenhagen has been falling the last 3-4 decades. The city has of course expanded in area (suburban sprawl) and in total population, but not in density. The old...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-12, 01:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,131
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This free German on-line magazine has a couple of...

This free German on-line magazine has a couple of dynamo tests, this one is the latest:
http://fahrradzukunft.de/14/neue-nabendynamos-im-test/

Among the interesting results are that there is a...
Forum: Commuting
11-13-12, 06:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,131
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Everything points to the fact that performance...

Everything points to the fact that performance wise, all the current "Sport" dynamos (above the 3N30) are identical. Most of the current hubs have been tested by various German magazines, and they...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-12, 07:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,131
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Don't buy the 3D70/3D71 versions, Their cones...

Don't buy the 3D70/3D71 versions, Their cones (identical on both versions) are just too thin and may crack under stress. They are obsolete models too. All the current Shimano "Sport" dynamo hubs I...
Forum: Commuting
11-01-12, 07:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,510
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I think the confusing is caused by a new bicycle...

I think the confusing is caused by a new bicycle light law taking effect these days (yesterday in fact). The law is aimed at banning the tiny LED lights that people had dangling from the rear rack. A...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-12, 09:52 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,510
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Hamburg is mostly flat, but is a large city...

Hamburg is mostly flat, but is a large city (second largest in Germany), so there are probably local variations. A 7 or 8 gear Shimano IGH would be reasonable choice since the price difference down...
Forum: Commuting
08-22-12, 08:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,149
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It all depends, but for me, getting to work on...

It all depends, but for me, getting to work on time is a priority. Other people depend on me showing up on time, just like I may depend on them. Arriving late because of lacking tools to fix a simple...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 06:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,381
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Yes it is true that pannier hooks tend to snag...

Yes it is true that pannier hooks tend to snag clothes when used as shoulder bags. One of the better solutions I have seen to solve that problem, is Ortlieb's QL3 system that put the hooks on the...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 02:36 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,946
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It depends. If the panniers never come off the...

It depends. If the panniers never come off the bike and just carry a light load, then even a cheap pair may do well.
I bought a very cheap pair of panniers to start with, they convinced me that...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-12, 05:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 446
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Well, paying a lot of tax on your car doesn't...

Well, paying a lot of tax on your car doesn't mean so much if you earn a lot, so the high car tax has little influence on car ownership or whether people choose to commute by bike or not in Denmark....
Forum: Commuting
07-09-12, 06:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,407
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Not quite sure what you mean; any lock can be...

Not quite sure what you mean; any lock can be defeated by a determined thief with enough tools; diamond cutting blades on angle grinders or similar can cut though all practical bike locks. The Granit...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-12, 04:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,407
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Not here in northern Europe where Abus locks are...

Not here in northern Europe where Abus locks are common. The Abus u-lock brackets are superior to everything else I have ever seen when it comes to both easy of use and durability, so people actually...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-12, 04:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,407
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On my commuter bike I use a Abus "Varedo 47" with...

On my commuter bike I use a Abus "Varedo 47" with a "TexKF Twin" style bracket (its older predecessor). I also use a frame lock like this Abus Protectus 5000:...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-12, 02:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,407
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Well, as I said, Abus can't compete on prices,...

Well, as I said, Abus can't compete on prices, they excel in reliability and ease of use (and safety of course). If I had bought another u-lock 8 years ago with a bracket system that was 10 seconds...
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