Posts by Gregor Ronald

  • Hard News: Local journeys on the cusp of…,

    "The driver had swerved suddenly into the bus lane, at around 70km/h, to try and pass a line of cars on the inside..." This happens every day in Christchurch, though it's cycle lanes that cars think they can crowd into. The other danger is motorists who pull over to answer a phone call - they stop in a cycle lane and force cyclists out into the vehicle lanes. They probably feel a warm glow for not using their phone while driving, but cycle lanes are not parking spaces!

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fear of Cycling,

    Eye contact, or a flashing head torch on a winter evening, is vital. Once I make eye contact with someone, you can see their demeanor soften, and a quick blast of flashing LEDs will always get the right-turning jerk at the intersection to admit you exist. And I queue behind cars at the lights, just like I'm another vehicle.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Drugs, testing and workplaces,

    "...drug-testing was a good way to lose the race for talent..." This also applies to the ski industry. Zealous management at a major US resort implemented testing several years ago, and they couldn't get enough staff to work the chairlifts and cafes. They did some fast talking and wound back the testing, and all was well. (Staff weren't stoned at work, but cannabis stays in the system for a long time, especially in a party town.)

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

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

    I'm jealous, SmartMotion have come a long way since I bought my eCity in late 2014. But in those two years I've done about 8000km (the mileage counter got confused at 6500km, I'm guessing a bit), which at 20c/km for fuel is $1600 give or take. So it's paid off 2/3 of its $2400 initial cost.I still have my Avanti Explorer commuter bike, but it's not getting much use. I go everywhere on my eCity - supermarket, library, pub (no breathalyzers!), movies, etc.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Do e-bikes ease traffic…,

    I bought a SmartMotion eCity two years ago when I found my 13km commute across Christchurch was becoming a bit tough, especially on the return leg against the inevitable NE wind. I did 6500km on it over the last two years at work before I retired.

    Now I don't ride it so much, because I usually need to use the car for errands and shopping, trips to Bunnings, etc. But if I need to go into the CBD I wouldn't think of taking the car, the bike is far more versatile. I have kept my hybrid commuter bike for fitness riding in the weekends, but it doesn't get much use.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

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

    I've had an e-City for almost two years, and I've done over 6500km commuting across Christchurch. Now I'm 65+, the never ending easterly wind was getting too much to handle, but the e-bike has kept me happily bike commuting - and kept my car in the garage.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

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

    I agree, I have my "honest bike" ready to go at all times, especially sunny Sunday afternoons.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

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

    The central axle is keyed with a flat side to provide torque resistance.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

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

    I bought that exact model in December 2014, after realising that the Christchurch easterly was destroying my enjoyment of cycling. In a year of biking (13km each way), I did 6500km - and filled my car 4 times.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The Spinoff: Offensive and…,

    I thought being homophobic was a character defect, which could be cured by education and cognitive therapy. But apparently it's now a crime, subject to legal sanctions. When did that happen?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 98 posts Report Reply

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