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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
Julian Bond
Re: Stoke Newington pedestrian bus death renews concerns over TfL’s safety record - http://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news...
"How can a pedestrian collide with a bus? Surely it's the other way round?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Yamaha SR500 by Chappell Customs - http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-...
"My bad about the indicators. He's done an excellent job of hiding them so they're pretty much invisible in the pics. And I should have paid more attention to the text. I still dislike the number plate and lack of mirror, but there you go." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Yamaha SR500 by Chappell Customs - http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-...
""Experience with SR500s has taught Chappell that their single-cylinder motors are prone to vibration". Quite. Which is why SR500s look the part but are a bit unpleasant out in the real world. There should be some kind of prize for people who work out how to build the same style but with the XT600 or Dominator motor. Also really hate those number plates stuck out the side and the lack of indicators or any kind of mirror. A bike like this should be usable as well as pretty and this one isn't." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: High Current Batteries that are NOT LiPo - http://www.electricbike.com/high-cu...
"Where does NCA/NCR fit in terms of weight, cycle life, cost compared with say NMC and LiFePo?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Scramblers Motorcycles’ SR500 - http://www.bikeexif.com/sr500-s...
"Love the look of these SR500s (and SR400s), but I just wish they could use the XT600 motor. Not least because of the balancer." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Family of five uses VW camper as tiny home while filming tiny house documentary - http://www.treehugger.com/travel...
"Fairly sure that image at the top is not the inside of a VW Westy. ;)" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Motorcycle Hand Signals Graphic Eases Bike-to-Bike Communication - http://blog.motorcycle.com/2014...
"How about - I'm not an undercover cop to the rider, you've come up behind. - Thank you, to a car driver who's given you space. - Your full beam headlights are blinding me, to the car behind in traffic. - Powered Two Wheelers are f***in' great, aren't they. To other riders. - Do that again and I'll kick your car." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Microsoft extends updates for Windows XP security products until July 14, 2015 - http://thenextweb.com/microso...
"Give me a free upgrade to Win7 Home Premium and I'll do it. And a cut down version for use on an old netbook." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The Death of the PC Could Also Mean the End of the Web - http://www.wired.com/busines...
"Meanwhile, Chromebooks. Where the device is pretty much running nothing but a Chrome desktop browser. As a developer or part of a team, life continues to get harder. Now we need to support - Desktop Web - Mobile Web optimised for small screens - iOS in several form factors - Android in several form factors - Depending on the app, Flash or HTML5" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Electric Race News: eMotoRacing rules & open letter: The new electric motorcycle racing series for North America - http://www.electricracenews.com/2013...
"What makes you think a feet-forward design is probably not allowed? I'm puzzled by allowing 6" beyond the overall length while also requiring the front 1/3 of the front wheel to be visible from the side." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
"Hereby nominate this review for "Pseud's Corner". Brilliant album, btw, let down by Conveyor which was too harsh for me. -1 for not giving enough credit to Indigo. And +1 also for Storm and Lost Here." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Review: Acer Chromebook C720 - http://www.androidheadlines.com/2013...
"Interesting, especially that first paragraph. "Since I started ChrUbuntu back in December of 2010, it's always been necessary to utilize the Chrome OS Linux kernel with Ubuntu in order to solve some compatibility issues with the Chromebook architecture. That's changed with the Chromebook Pixel and the newer Haswell-based Chromebooks like the Acer C720 and HP Chromebook 14. Each of these models supports booting from a more traditional PC BIOS mode which makes it simple to use stock Ubuntu kernels on them." That suggest that it IS possible to boot from a USB stick with a Live-CD distro on it. But only on the Pixel, C720 and HP14." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Review: Acer Chromebook C720 - http://www.androidheadlines.com/2013...
"Is there a Windows (or Linux) Netbook with specs as good? Will the C720 boot from USB (without jumping through dev mode command line hoops)?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: UPS using E-Trikes for delivery in Germany - http://www.electricbike.com/ups-usi...
"There's a couple of people trying this in London but running up against the E-Assist trike weight limits for it to be an unlicensed vehicle. This is also a side effect of problems with the unlicensed pedicab industry. UK has a 60kg weight limit on unlicensed etrikes. See:- http://gnewtcargo.co.uk" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Long-standing media player Winamp – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2013...
"So show me a better music player on Windows (or any other platform). I've been looking for 10 years and still haven't found one." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: London’s tube network to run all night on weekends; the city’s clubbers celebrate – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2013...
"I confidently predict a new genre: "Night Tube"." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Why won’t retailers just be honest about a computer’s specs? - http://thenextweb.com/insider...
"What puzzles me about this is why disks and SSD and so on are sized in GiB and not GB. Why isn't a 512Gb hard disk, 512 Gb?" - Julian Bond
Companies fear their markets? - Leon Benjamin
Julian Bond
Re: Yamaha SR400 ‘Boogie Single Racer’ - http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-...
"OK, understand. Way back in the day I had friends with SR500s and I really didn't like the vibes. My ride then was a CB250RS with an XL500 motor fitted. Really marginal handling and brakes even for then but just enough power to be entertaining. For this type of street bike, an XT600, XL600/650 or a Dominator seems like a better starting point just because the engine is still light and the right shape but makes reasonable power completely stock and doesn't give you white finger! This is a street bike, not a track bike. It should be useable on the street. Then there's the Firestones, no front mudguard, an ancient drum front brake and questionable footpegs. Why? Makes you think this isn't actually meant to be used." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Yamaha SR400 ‘Boogie Single Racer’ - http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-...
"I wish Yamaha would build the SRX6 again. Then there's KTM, I kind of wish they made a Duke single in the style of this one. But I'm afraid I find the SR400 too anaemic and no counter balancer in 2013 is a little silly." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The ‘father of the iPod’ explains how his company Nest is using tech to make your home ‘conscious’ - http://thenextweb.com/insider...
"iPod, you say? So where's my 1TB iPod with the professional quality output stage?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Apple’s encore: How music will drive the company’s growth in India all over again - http://thenextweb.com/asia...
"So where's my 1TB iPod Classic? Or an Android equivalent." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Retail E-bike top-speed of 28-MPH, a new US-legal strategy - http://www.electricbike.com/retail-...
"Something that really puzzles me about the USA is the apparent difficulty in deciding what is a bicycle, unregistered E-Bicycle, Light motorcycle[1] and Full motorcycle. And why this isn't decided at Federal level rather than changing at state and city borders. But then, Europe, Aus, Canada and other jurisdictions seem to have plenty of definition and legal problems as well. In lots of places it's not terribly clear how to test the speed and power restrictions or what they actually mean. Meanwhile it seems logical and sensible to me that unregistered E-Bicycles have limits and controls that mean they still behave like bicycles. And 20mph-500w seems about right to me. Where that 20mph means that the electric power cuts out around then. Which means a no load speed for the motor of around 22mph. By all means free wheel or pedal down a hill faster than that, just as you can on an unassisted bicycle, but don't keep adding motor power above that speed. The article is right though. Look like..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Retail electric bike top-speed of 28-MPH, a new US-legal strategy - http://www.electricbike.com/28mph-l...
"Something that really puzzles me about the USA is the apparent difficulty in deciding what is a bicycle, unregistered E-Bicycle, Light motorcycle[1] and Full motorcycle. And why this isn't decided at Federal level rather than changing at state and city borders. But then, Europe, Aus, Canada and other jurisdictions seem to have plenty of definition and legal problems as well. In lots of places it's not terribly clear how to test the speed and power restrictions or what they actually mean. Meanwhile it seems logical and sensible to me that unregistered E-Bicycles have limits and controls that mean they still behave like bicycles. And 20mph-500w seems about right to me. Where that 20mph means that the electric power cuts out around then. Which means a no load speed for the motor of around 22mph. By all means free wheel or pedal down a hill faster than that, just as you can on an unassisted bicycle, but don't keep adding motor power above that speed. The article is right though. Look like..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: BioLite CampStove - http://kk.org/cooltoo...
"It's def a cool tool, but I wonder how easy and convenient it is to have to top load the combustion chamber. I've been building rocket stoves using house bricks and like being able to feed quite long sticks in from the side. But I'd like to be able to take advantage of the powered fan. One factor here is that rocket stoves are much more efficient in heat transfer if the food/water container sits in and is surrounded by a wind shield so that the flames and heat go up the sides as well as heating the bottom of the pan. As well as the grill pan, the kettle attachment looks good too. Any news on the bigger, fixed location version of the Biolite? I hope you've wired a USB socket into your motorcycle. It's surprisingly useful to have a USB socket or two and of course the M/C is already charging a 12v-10AHr battery so even when not running it will easily charge an iphone or such like. And if you have panniers you could mount a solar trickle charger on the sides. For motorcycle camping..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: What I learned at the Evernote conference - http://dave.smallpict.com/2013...
"Dave, I'd like to subscribe to the OPML of the Tech section of your Rivers. The one that you curate. Where is it? I think this is another start point where this idea could be bootstrapped. By encouraging people to curate lists of feeds and to post the OPML that defines them at easily found public URLs." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Top 10 Motorcycles For Wheelies - http://www.motorcycle.com/top10...
"Kawasaki ZX6R B1. All you had to do was give it full throttle in first gear and hold it wide open till 11k rpm. No skills required!" - Julian Bond
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