Posts by James Butler

  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I have to admit I haven't tried hydraulic discs. And I've never claimed to be a normal person - I like knowing I could repair/replace every bit of my bike armed with only a bottle opener and a toothpick.

    That said - if e-bikes had been more of a thing when I was riding from Mt Eden to East Tamaki and back every day, I probably would have bought one, discs and all.

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Compared to a regular bike, removing a driving wheel with a hub motor has one extra level of complexity - somewhere there'll be a cable connector, ideally weatherproofed, which you'll pull apart and later reconnect.

    Surely there must be a torque reaction arm somewhere which needs to be detached?

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Moz,

    like you say, why wouldn't you have them?

    Feel, aesthetics, serviceability and weight, in roughly that order. With full acknowledgement that those aren't everyone's priorities (:

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    As each e-bike brand, and often each model, tends to have its own peculiar battery configuration, you hope they'll still be around when you need a replacement.

    OTOH Li-ion tech gets better every year, and it shouldn't be difficult with the right know-how to match the electrical characteristics of an old battery pack with a new replacement. I can see this being a growth industry for all kinds of electric transport.

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    $2549 is quite an alarming price.

    Bicycles are like computers, cars, musical instruments - however much money you pay, you could always have paid more. $2k+ is perfectly reasonable even for a new entirely-leg-powered bike if you can afford it, and you're going to use it a lot, *and* you expect it to last for some years without trouble.

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  • Hard News: There in half the time:…,

    Any other Aucklanders seen the new (as in, not open yet) e-bike specialist shop on the corner of South and East streets in town? Also hanging in the window are a bevy of Bromptons and a nice-looking Rohloff-equipped tourer of some sort...

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  • Hard News: Waterview: The giant up the road,

    Is the Waterview shared path going to join up with the one through Mount Roskill (War Memorial/Walmsley/Underwood parks)? I haven't seen any mention of cycle facilities around the tunnel mouth...

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  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…, in reply to Lilith __,

    taxing petrol

    We do this, but it's more a proxy for proper road pricing than a tax.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 852 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    So your problem is that a tax on high sugar foods/drinks is bad because it’s essential for poor folk to eat/drink these products in a way that it is not essential for them to smoke???

    I'm just reflecting on what differences there might be. The bigger one I think is that the link between sugar and obesity is tenuous and poorly understood, where the link between tobacco and cancer is direct.

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  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…, in reply to william blake,

    James, if there is a tax put on sugar at the wholesalers end between say Chelsea and GF Watties, specifically aimed at reducing the use of sugar, why would the manufacturer not change the formulation of their product rather than increasing their price? (Wattie baked beans now have 6 teaspoons of sugar in each can a 100% increase over 15 years)

    The exact same logic applies if the tax is exacted at Chelsea, Watties, or Countdown. Manufacturers will make strike whichever balance between increasing prices and reducing sugar ends up with them maximising their profits; and it will be the same balance no matter where the the tax is applied because the only components in play are a) the cost of manufacturing, b) the end price to the consumer, and c) the total value of the tax.

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