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Julian Bond
Re: How to Go Green: Public Transportation - http://www.treehugger.com/htgg...
"A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport. And bicycles. Except that it leads to multiple vehicles, I'm in favour of using the smallest vehicle required for the current job. And preferably avoiding needing to use a vehicle at all by working from home so - Walk - Bicycle - E-Assist cargo Bicycle - Scooter - Small car - Van Somewhere between scooter and small car, you can probably get away with occasional renting rather than owning." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Why music festivals are an environmental disaster - http://www.treehugger.com/culture...
"Leave no trace. Respect the farm. Use the loos. Don't pee on the ground. Take all your stuff home. Re-use and re-fill your water bottles. But mostly, leave no trace. I think I'm maybe up to 3 rules for life now. 1) Be excellent to each other 2) Don't be a dick 3) Leave no trace" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: This Mechanic Is Making the Ultimate Commuter Bike for Everyone - http://makezine.com/2014...
"Nope. If you're commuting in city traffic, you need proper V or disk brakes. If only for when the pedestrian walks out in front of you, or the car cust you up by overtaking and then immediately turning. A single coaster brake doesn't cut it." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: This Mechanic Is Making the Ultimate Commuter Bike for Everyone - http://makezine.com/2014...
"Needs proper brakes, mudguards, a rack and a basket. And an integrated lock. Because it's guaranteed somebody will try and steal it." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Just Like Facebook, Few See What Brands Share On Twitter, As Its New “Impressions” Stats Show - http://marketingland.com/faceboo...
"Twitter = WOM; Write-Only-Media" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: BBC 1xtra publishes controversial UK Power List – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2014...
"So where are the Anglo-Asians?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: What NOT to do with your hyper-efficient car (the 260 MPG XL1) - http://www.treehugger.com/cars...
""take what has been learned with the XL1 and apply it to existing mass-market vehicles." This. What if VW took the styling cues and aero tricks and applied it to something like the Scirocco? Now the XL1 has softened us up, let's have covered rear wheels and a narrower rear track for instance. And let's have a hybrid plug in drive train with a small efficient motor that is more like a battery charger than a main engine. The XL1 points a development direction. Now can VW (and others) please pursue it." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Bontrager Race Lite Hard-Case Tires and Specialized Airlock tubes - http://kk.org/cooltoo...
"On a hybrid rather than a road bike, I'll swear by Schwalbe Marathon Plus and some Slime in the tubes. In several 1000 miles I've had two punctures. The first was a bit of broken glass that got all the way through the tyre, but the Slime plugged the hole in 10 seconds. I did later do a more permanent repair but it didn't stop the ride. The second was a flint that actually ruined the tyre when it was already well past it's due date. It's one of the very, very few times I've had to call for help. The Plus Tour is a bit heavy for no great off road benefit from the bigger tread and it's a bit squirmy. The plain Plus is still heavier than road tyres but a good compromise that feels fine. If you're not actually racing, go up a size or two on tyre width. They'll be more comfortable and less prone to punctures." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The Case for Banning Cigarettes Entirely, Forever, This Time I Mean It - http://www.businessweek.com/article...
"Presumably this suggested prohibition will include rolling tobacco, cigars, pipe tobacco. Along with the prohibition of cross border sales. And next, since it's the nicotine that's the addictive part, ban E-Cigs, patches, gum." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Tesla Model S wins wind-tunnel faceoff against Volt, LEAF, Prius, and Mercedes - http://www.treehugger.com/cars...
"So where's the BMW i3? And note that the 2001 Insight and 1996 GM are better than anything here. And we need to aim for the VW XL1." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: 250 watt hub motor E-bike; Is it Enough? - http://www.electricbike.com/250-wat...
"Yes, increasing the voltage increases the no-load speed. But winding and gearing are typically arranged so the no-load speed at the rated voltage is 25KPH +10% So a hub sold as a 24V hub is typically just as fast as one sold as a 36V hub. And also depending on the rim fitted, obviously! As others have said, the various laws in various countries, (usually 250w or 750w) don't come with standards for how that power is measured. They're not even very precise about how the max speed (15mph, 25kph, 20mph) is measured. IMHO, 20mph, 500w feels about right for an unlicensed, unregistered, untrained, uncontrolled vehicle on today's roads and cycle paths. And in many cases an actual speed of 10-15 is more appropriate. For instance, I really don't want to see people doing 20mph on the towpaths around London when it's mixed in with pedestrians." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Bialetti Stovetop Percolator - http://kk.org/cooltoo...
"I think this really should be called a "Moka Pot" rather than a Percolator. The Perc process is somewhat different. I used a Berletti Venus stainless for a while as it works on an induction hob. But once I discovered the Aeropress I've never gone back. The difficult part is cleaning the pot and disposing of the grains. I also find you tend to get quite a lot of finings in the finished drink." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
"Mention of the NYTimes OPML file reminds me. It's time to revisit the idea of subscribing to other people's OPML in the style of Twitter Lists." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Why is wave power so far behind wind and solar? - http://www.treehugger.com/renewab...
"And tidal?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: How to get killed on a bike: Your chances are best on an urban arterial road, getting hit from behind. - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"It's mostly UK, but still, please, http://stopkillingcyclists.org... It's as much about road design as anything else." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The most efficient car in the United States is now the BMW i3 electric car - http://www.treehugger.com/cars...
"It seems a same that the i3 isn't a bit more aerodynamic in terms of CdA." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Survey: Should Fixed-Gear Bikes Be Allowed on the Road? - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"I can understand a single speed with brakes. Because that's just a big BMX. I can't understand a fixed gear without brakes on the road or anywhere except on a velodrome track. And especially not in town. Do you think Chris Hoy trains on the road with a fixie?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The Old Reader: behind the scenes - What Not Dying Looks Like - http://blog.theoldreader.com/post...
"It's not enough for the data to be structured. The next level up the stack is for the data to be structured in a standard way so that people can build standardised parsing libraries. This is part of the problem with JSON in that it's similar to XML in the sense that the data is structured but there's no next level agreement like RSS and ATOM as to how the data is structured. So systems that want to read it have to write custom code for each implementation. And as a result you get the snowflake problem. It's bad enough trying to handle the idiosyncracies of RSS/Atom even with libraries like magpie or simplepie. Having to custom code 1000 different systems for each of 1000 sites would be unworkable. See here Google Plus. the JSON API is quite rich, but Google developer support can still say with a straight face "There's not much call for RSS-Atom from our developers so we didn't bother to implement it.". Doh!" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The Old Reader: behind the scenes - What Not Dying Looks Like - http://blog.theoldreader.com/post...
""Just about everything online except Facebook and Twitter is available via RSS." And Google Plus, although there are ways of getting some of it via Atom unofficially." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Electric Race News: Yamaha steps toward electric superbikes with PES1 and PED1 production starting in 2016 - http://www.electricracenews.com/2014...
""To me (I've been riding electric bicycles since 1995) electric bicycles are about utility, not goosing up the speed of a race bike." So this doesn't do it for you? http://www.electricbike.com/ke... Yet again, it's irritating how little info there is about battery capacity, chemistry, motor power and so on. However of all these, the PED1 looks like it might be a laugh. BTW. lots of the EC-03 in the paddock at MotoGP events." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Can you see the electric assist motor on this bike? - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"I think I'd rather have this. http://www.electricbike.com/ke... Conventional baby rear hub motor. Controller under the bottom bracket. 750W." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Miele eVox, non-hub electric bike from Procycle - http://www.electricbike.com/miele-e...
"There are two cargo bikes that I really think are crying out to be electrified. Both are a bit heavy but they both can carry big weights and volume while being quite conventional in layout. Both have that all important step through design. The first is the Pashley Mailstar used in large numbers by UK postmen. http://www.pashley.co.uk/produ... This has a 26" rear and 24" front with a substantial caged rack above it. The second is the Donky using BMX components. http://donkybike.com/ A concept from an industrial designer in London that has taken on a life of it's own. Although these bikes are sit up and beg and with a low cross bar, they don't move the bottom bracket forwards much at all." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Microsoft tries to woo users off Windows XP: $50 Store gift card, free support and data transfer with a new PC - http://thenextweb.com/microso...
"If Microsoft gave me a copy of Win 7 Pro for free I'd gladly update the ancient laptop in the house. And while they're at it, can they please give a me a cut down version for free that will fit on and run on the ancient eeePC 900." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Why we’ve truncated posts in our RSS feed - http://thenextweb.com/voice...
"So. There's only a small number of people who would be affected by this but we've decided to piss those people off. m'kay? How many clickthroughs did you get from people who read from your RSS? Does it go up after making this change? You're using feedburner so you should be able to answer that. Please report back on whether your experiment worked or not after a few weeks." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: English Cycles No-Car-Kitty-Cargo - http://www.cycleexif.com/english...
"It's time there was a Pashley Mailstar or a Donky with an electric motor. And probably with a mid drive like the Bafang BBS02. This one is really quite like a slightly more desirable Mailstar." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The Hipster Music Index - http://priceonomics.com/the-hip...
"And also: Method only valid if under-30s think Pitchfork reviewers know what they're talking about. Which they don't." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: E-bikes in NYC: How not to solve a problem - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"Glad you're pointing out the conflicting legal status, because an inability to easily identify something that is a bicycle (but happens to have some e-assist) and something that is a moped (with electric power) is at the heart of the problem. But it's not the pedalling, it's the power, speed and weight. There's nothing particularly wrong with a bicycle with a throttle that will run under e-assist without pedalling providing it still behaves like a bicycle. There really ought to be some federal consensus on the difference and individual states and cities would have to justify moving away from that standard. But instead you have a huge mess. Meanwhile the EU regs of 250w, 25kph/15mph works fine. Perhaps there's an argument for an intermediate 1000w, 25mph before you get to a 3kW, 30mph moped and a 10kW, 60mph learner motorcycle. But unfortunately, 750W, 20mph sits somewhere in the middle. It's not really a bicycle any more but neither is it a moped/scooter. Used at full power it's not..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: New SUV from BMW to be much more efficient than a Toyota Prius - http://www.treehugger.com/corpora...
"Why is it so big? Why is it not obviously aerodynamic? There's an opportunity here to redefine what personal transport should look like and to make the underlying vehicle more efficient. But all they've done is change the power train." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Should electric scooters be allowed in bike lanes? They are now in Toronto - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"This story repeats itself. Why is it so hard to work out how to define an E-Bike that should be treated as an unlicensed bicycle? And when it's not a bicycle but an electric moped or motorcycle? Europe with it's 250W-25kph-50Kg limits has essentially answered this. The problem is not E-Scooters in bike lanes, it's not knowing what is a bicycle with e-assist and what's an E-scooter." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Why the Dutch don't wear helmets - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"One factor I rarely see mentioned in these discussions is the quality of bicycle helmets, their testing and whether they actually make any difference. I've been unable to find any data about how effective bicycle helmets are for people who hit their head while wearing one. Motorcycle helmets typically have well defined testing procedures in most developed countries but I don't believe this is true for bicycle helmets. It's also well accepted with motorcycle helmets that the chin guard is important but the typical road helmet has no face protection at all. I do wonder if bicycle helmets actually provide any real protection or perhaps only if you manage to hit your head in exactly the right place. Somebody pushing helmets on me suggested wearing one and deliberately walking into a wall (hypothetically). If I did that I figure I'd get a broken nose and bruised chin! How does that help? If you're engaged in the more dangerous side of bicycle sport like BMX or MTB racing and stunting, then..." - Julian Bond
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