Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: Up with the Pacer: embracing…,

    Can we talk more about bikes. Cause I'm really enjoying riding more in Auckland this summer. And other stuff is just too awful.

    Suggestions for bike paths/rides?

    Toys to add to our bikes?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4216 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Up with the Pacer: embracing…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Is one of you on an e-bike and the other not?

    Yup. I'm on my Trek road bike, 100% doughnut powered. My partner on the Avanti E inc. We're pretty well matched at the moment but I suspect as her fitness increases I am going to get pushed quite hard to keep up on hills - but that's good for me :).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4216 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Up with the Pacer: embracing…, in reply to BenWilson,

    I think this is sort of how cycling purists see e-bikers. It’s not really a bike.

    Maybe there are some twatcocks who view it that way but most cyclists totally get the value of e-bikes to the cycling community. Essentially the e-bike means my partner and I can ride together and both get roughly the same exercise. Together we now have roughly the same range which means we can see more and enjoy more on our bikes.

    That's true for a lot of people - the net result is more happy cyclists on the road which is good for the "purists" too - and they know it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4216 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Up with the Pacer: embracing…, in reply to Alastair Smith,

    Someone stealing an eBike has the problem of sourcing a compatible charger.

    The bike shops are aware of this and are very suspicious of anyone coming in wanting to buy a charger.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4216 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Up with the Pacer: embracing…, in reply to linger,

    My bike still has its registration required by UC Davis police. They wanted bikes registered so it was easier to return stolen bikes to their owners.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4216 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Up with the Pacer: embracing…, in reply to Worik,

    I don't think it read as advertising, Russell was pretty clear about pros and cons. And it was pretty clearly Russell's "voice" not some marketing wonk. But I think it was also mentioned in Russell's twitter that he'd been sponsored to try the bike out so it was less of a surprise if you'd been following twitter.

    That said, this site and these posts take time and effort and resources. We benefit from all that effort and somehow Russell has to live a decent life so I'm not in the least concerned that the article was sponsored.

    I have a high level of trust that Russell wouldn't say something that he didn't firmly believe was true and that applies to his opinion of an e-bike with or without sponsorship.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4216 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Up with the Pacer: embracing…,

    We bought my wife one of these Avanti incE. Like your pacer, it's not cheap, but it has definitely made it much easier for us to go riding together and meant the car has sat in the driveway more often.

    We really like the whole no messy chain and the mat black finish is pretty nice. The mid drive cuts out at 25 kph and there is no throttle.

    But as you said the price of the bike changes things like insurance and security considerations. Note it seems that some insurance companies consider market value to be about half purchase price because there is no real market yet for used e-bikes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4216 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Up with the Pacer: embracing…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Ah. Maybe that's an option. But it's too heavy to take out on the road?

    Definitely too heavy. The idea is that you leave the chain locked where you lock up your bike - you occasionally see such chains locked to bike parks around town for that reason.

    For mobile locking everyone recommends a strong U-lock, moderately heavy but proof against all but the most determined, we went with this.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4216 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to andin,

    the first week has got off to a bad start in all respects

    The first week is simply paying off the debts to those who made him president - essentially he is an indentured servant to those who funded him and this week is the biggest part of his service to them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4216 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Taking the stage in Mount Albert, in reply to kiwicmc,

    Hey Bart, could you explain a little of what you mean when you say "the Greens anti-science arm"?

    Is 12 your beef?

    It would be a massive derail. Short answer is yes. Longer and derailing answer below which most can ignore. Even longer discussion requires coffee and doughnuts :).



    Basically all their policies with respect to fake medicines, organics, and in particular their anti GMO policies. While the documents look reasonable on the face of it the actual application (and intent) is to prevent GMOs being developed by New Zealand scientists. I've been around this argument multiple times, the arguments almost always go off track but it simply is clear that the intent is to prevent GMO products and research and not enable this science.

    Contrast that with their attitudes to clean energy, which is positive and embracing of science and you quickly see that The Green approach to biology is hostile and fearful of the science and the scientists doing the work.

    Even weirder is the contrast with The Greens policies around alternative medicines and organics where they are happy to embrace extremely dodgy data in support of alternative medicines and herbal supplements etc and ignore issues around organic production.

    While I LOVE many of The Greens' policies; transport; energy; environment; inclusion; and others, I really struggle with their approach around biology. It is deeply frustrating to me and many of my colleagues because frankly most of us scientists are rabid lefty geenies ourselves. But as I said above even though they aren't perfect - on balance they are better than the alternative National ACT policies.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4216 posts Report Reply

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