'all serving members must remember that the armed forces are politically neutral'.
If the next Edwin Walker is out there, surely Trump would be the one to embolden him.
A living wage is important to my real life, and I would have liked to have been able to read what candidates' positions were on such matters.
Apart from candidates' own social media efforts, Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand did a pretty good job of keeping up with where many main centre candidates stood on that issue. Even Kiwiblog appeared to have its uses. Newly elected Lambton Ward Councillor Brian Dawson, bottom ranked by David Farrar, is now City Ambassador for the Living Wage.
Little Queen st no longer exists I discovered buried by that monstrosity downtown shopping something. Which never worked. I used to love the jumble of shops that was downtown Ak. All gone, ah progress... or was it developer madness...
Bruce Jesson's eminently readable The Fletcher Challenge: Wealth and Power in NZ is a great account of the machinations behind that. Lest we forget.
...Crocodile Dundee...dolphin thieves...
While I managed to avoid the Flipper movie, the one memorable review I recall described it as starring Paul Hogan after he'd "had his face ironed flat on easy street:"
...supposedly his grotesque illustrations of people were grounded in his experience of returning to England and seeing all the knobbly, bony, puffy, wibbly faces of English people en masse for the first time.
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.
When I first checked out e-bikes there were still a few models with front wheel v-brakes. Fortunately they seem to have pretty much disappeared. While I sometimes find myself holding back from overtaking a lycra lad out of concern for their feelings, I wouldn't be tailgating them if I had to rely on v-brakes.
Surely there must be a torque reaction arm somewhere which needs to be detached?
I believe these are only really necessary on larger motors than are currently permitted on rego-free bikes. Most of my experience is with direct drive rear hubs with no internal gearing. Never seen a torque arm on one of those.
Other than that, I haven't had a failure that required me to try to take the wheels off, but that looks a little more complicated than on my old bike.
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. The worst I've seen IMHE is three cable ties to snip off and later replace for a tidy job of securing the wiring back to the bike frame.
I popped in yesterday just as they were unloading a truck load of cool bikes from the Sydney branch.
One point that might be worth mentioning - Australia, the UK and the EU all limit the power of ebikes that can be ridden without a license to 250 watts. Here it's a comparatively generous 300.This is often what's meant when a bike is touted as being "designed for NZ". While I understand that motor power can be tweaked via the onboard controller by those with the know-how, and "stealth" bikes of 500 watts or more can be difficult to detect, IMHE that legal extra 50 watts can be very nice to have.
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.
Most lithium-ion powerpacks, from cordless drills to Tesla cars, use the now venerable 18650 Li-ion battery. I think we'll have reached an interesting stage when it's easily possible to find someone to "repack" your bike battery, as currently happens with power tools. Right now there doesn't seem to be enough of a market to attract the established refurbishers to doing ebike batteries.
Claims that lithium battery e-bike tech can only get cheaper haven't been borne out by recent history. One of the most successful NZ budget ebikes retailed for $1499 in early 2015. Close to 50% of that price was for the battery. When the NZ dollar dropped later that year the price rose to $1799. Currently it's $1995, with increased Chinese compliance costs following the Tianjin port explosions cited as a reason for the most recent price bump.