Posts by James Butler

  • Up Front: Wonder Bi, in reply to BenWilson,

    I've been seeing a fair few openly bi women in TV series recently

    And this is a thing too, right - that if you have a bi character it has to be a woman, because something something consumption by het men?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 855 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Wonder Bi, in reply to BenWilson,

    "all bis must die"

    Jack Harkness is the ultimate inversion of this trope.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 855 posts Report Reply

  • 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.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 855 posts Report Reply

  • 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?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 855 posts Report Reply

  • 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 (:

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 855 posts Report Reply

  • 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.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 855 posts Report Reply

  • 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.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 855 posts Report Reply

  • 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...

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 855 posts Report Reply

  • 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...

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 855 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 855 posts Report Reply

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