Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to BenWilson,

    As a side note, riders would also appear to have a very different standard as well. Here’s a 3.73 happily still riding.

    Huh. What sort of a dick do you have to be to get a low mean like that?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21424 posts Report Reply

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

    The ‘feel’ of disc brakes is WAY superior, especially a quality set of hydraulics. Weight difference is truly negligible, again quality is the key. And changing pads is a doddle, so not sure what the ‘serviceability’ issue might be.

    Imho, the feel is WAY WAY WAY superior. I remember doing a test-ride on a road bike a while ago and thinking the brakes were just ridiculous. Did not like at all after disc brakes.

    Also, being a normal person, I just have my brakes looked at during a periodic $40 service at Adventure Cycles.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21424 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Excited for Auckland!, in reply to andin,

    a place for greying white men.

    Is that shorthand for something?

    I thought it was quite a clever form of words and that I was being playful with the concept of diversity. But never mind.

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  • Hard News: Excited for Auckland!, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    It’s FPP though. You have a choice between Phil Goff and whoever is the front-running righty. If you vote for Chloe, it’s a vote for said righty, sadly.

    Theres a bit more leeway this time. Goff is so far ahead. Chloe could yet come second.

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

    But as a word of advice from someone who has fixed far too many cheap, shoddy bicycle-shaped-objects in my life: have a second bike as a fall-back. Don’t do this to your only bike, you will regret it.

    I would note that Rode in Ponsonby declines to work on converted e-bikes and they're probably not alone.

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

    Would hauling cargo around (perhaps in a box on the carrier) make much difference in stability and handling and acceleration to the bike you trialled?

    Hard to say, but as I said, I had no problem quaxing with a full pannier.

    Amendment: I can see they have disk brakes – are they good?

    They seem so! I'm a total disc brake convert, btw. Damn the additional weight, I wouldn't have a bike without them.

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

    I can see that almost all of the NZ bikes in the Mercury range have 300watt batteries. I don’t know if the NZ ebikes are considered speed elec’s but perhaps someone has thought about the public policy implications of promoting more highly powered bikes than in other countries.

    I gather most of the European bikes available here have speed-limiters. You can still go over 30km/h, but the electric assist drops out and you're on your own.

    Most of the bikes featured look quite ugly to me with the exception of a couple of the BH models.

    Hmmm, gotta disagree there. Perhaps it's a matter of being up close to the eCity, but it really is nicely designed. And I do covet a SmartMotion Pacer – that's the one that looks like my bike.

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

    It’s an excellent transport option that not a lot of people know exists – I still regularly have people ask ‘what is an e-bike’ when I’m talking about them.

    I think that’s the good thing about the campaign – it’s actually getting them on the public’s radar.

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

    A lot of models that were being sold in NZ 3 years ago have since vanished. Because Smartmotion has a significant user base they seem a good trade-off of brand security against bang for buck.

    Somewhere in their sales material there's an assurance about the batteries being standard and easily replaceable when required.

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

    $2549 is quite an alarming price. I’ve seen Chinese stuff a lot cheaper, but guess it’s much shorter life.

    It's much cheaper than the European models some shops are stocking – like, half the price.

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