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How come a random Chinese bike rental company figured out how to build an ultra-reliable, futuristic, and highly practical commuter for the masses but bike bike brands still can't get their shit together?
Look at this thing, it's cool as hell and basically repair free.
>shaft drive
>tires never go flat
>super simple aluminium frame design
>awesome wheels
Meanwhile most bikes still look like they're permanently trapped in the last century.

https://youtu.be/SmoSOPaxx9I
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>>1798203
>cool
no
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>>1798127
>Add a motor.
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>>1799193
What a real cutie that bike is
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>>1798072

These wheels cost hundreds of dollars.
Former Citibike mechanic

Bikes are serviced annually, and are checked and tuned monthly. Typical faults include headset, hub, and brakes. Most bikes are never getting serviced that often by the usual buyer.
Bikes don’t have a check engine light. But people are scared of maintenance. And the cheaper a bike is to buy the less someone’s gonna pay to get it fixed properly or broken parts replaced. They’ll just ride with one brake, or no lights, or a wobbly headset.
Weight matters if you live indoors and wanna carry it in. Which is important because steal and people strip down Citibikes all the time. All the time. For scrap or eBay I dunno- but it’s a problem. And those dock locks can be pretty good.
It was to where they’re asking for custom axles and French thread sealed BBs to lower resale value.
You can build and assemble something reasonably well but if you’re going to actually use a bike you need to maintain it.
Every innovation brings a trade off. Belt drives mean internal gear hubs. Both are reliable. Then- you have a flat. Internal gear hubs are fucking annoying to change, comparatively. You typically can’t use a quick release (Nexus 3, most Sturmey Archer’s 3 and 5’s- anything more and the cost rises). So you carry tools.
Most people struggle to remember leftie loosey.
Then you have to get the right tension again and maintain the right tension.
This is not at all ‘maintenance free.’
Shaft drives can be similarly troublesome for owners.

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Excuse me, I would like to interject for a moment. What you see here if Swapfiets, which has numerous benefits, such as

>cool coloured front tire
>classic Dutch model
>they sponsored Jumbo Visma at tour the France, having Victoria custom make a blue front tire for the team
>comes with built in lock and lockchain
>you rent it and keep it at home
>it's Dutch. Anything Dutch is automatically better: Dutch bike, Dutch language, Dutch gf (hanged_sad_pepe.jpeg)
>maintenance free. You fuck it up with a sick wheelie near college to impress the gurlz, they fix it
>also cool front tire because yes

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I love Eastern European trams. They're so cute!
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Do gothawagens count as Eastern European?
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>>1799453
Disregard the Mилиция

Also
>non-articulated low-floor bogie trams
>coupled into pairs
S O V L
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>>1799454
serveD. Tram public transport was until 1995.
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>>1799454
its mainly abandoned by now, though
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>>1799402
Where in Japan is this?

What is he up to?
What is his plan?
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>>1798933
He can't. Smug self-loathing is the Canadian national identity.
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>>1798916
>>1798929
>Considering the obesity crisis in North America and England I think he has a point
Yeah, pic related for example is by german standards very unremarkable, boring post-war suburbia built around a smaller semi-historic core, mostly built around 1890 to 1920.
By the standards of most US suburbs it's probably heaven.
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>>1798937
>mostly built around 1890 to 1920.
America has small pockets of suburb from the same era built the same way.
The trouble is everything built from the 1950s forward.
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>>1795123
Not Just Kikes
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>>1798933
>>1798936
To be fair, London Ontario IS a shit hole.

Why are train autists like this?
https://youtu.be/mko5Y8QUEjI
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>>1775098
kys
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>>1775098
CONDUCTOR WE HAVE A PROBLEM
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>>1775098
CONDUCTOR WE HAVE A PROBLEM
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>>1775098
CONDUCTOR WE HAVE A PROBLEM
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>>1775098
CONDUCTOR WE HAVE A PROBLEM

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DMU's, EMU's, loco's, steam, narrow gauge, broad gauge. You like 'em, you post 'em.
I'll start: Class 158 + Reginal Railways livery = K I N O
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The new Transpennine Express trains are hot
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>>1798695
They're slowly refurbishing them now
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>>1798695
I disagree, I've always thought the Virgin Pendos were decent inside. Hated the smell of the toilets though.
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>>1798894
>shitachi
>hot
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>>1798894
Soulless train but I like the livery

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Damn Anon are you ok edition

sheldonbrown.com
parktool.com/blog/repair-help
yarchive.net/bike/index.html

previous: >>1795360
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>>1799915
>>1799915
>>1799915
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>>1798707
Yes, if the paint chipped off like that it means there are massive crackings running way under the in tact paint. That frame is a health hazard, toss it.
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>>1798967
The bird was likely watching you and chirping to your pedaling pace to fuck with you. You weren't her first victim and won't be the last either.
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>>1799262
>>1799282
If I just need to git gud, then it's fine. I have a decently steep decline near my house (~8%) that I could just bomb through in my old mtb, but the road bike goes way faster, and when I needed to brake I went to the drops just to make sure I wasn't going to blow past the traffic light.
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>>1798707
>>1799923
>paint chipped off like that it means there are massive crackings running way under the in tact paint
Not how it works.
Steel has a useful elastic region where you can bend it, and it springs back. That's why it's used to make.... springs. There's a "elastic limit" though, where the behavior changes from 'springs back' to 'permanently bent'.
But in OPs pic, looking at the tubes, we know the steerer tube and upper fork blade are supposed to be straight. The issue isn't "cracks under the paint", but using the fork blades as an example, the steel has been stretched on the front side where they're bent. What 're-bending' would do is stretch the rear to match--you're not really returning the material to the original state.

The paint is less flexible than the steel, so it cracks/flakes. That's it. You can't judge the steel by the paint, you judge the steel by bends, ripples, dimples, etc.
If you're curious, check these things out: the RJ Bike Guy video "Little Brute", the Hydraulic Press video "crushing long steel pipes", and look at Park Tool FFS-2.

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You do watch Japan Railway Journal on NHK World featuring Kathy Cat, don't you anon?
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/program/video/japanrailway/
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>>1794094
nice! which ones did you like the most yet?
also, it's great to see they're both back in the studio, even though they're separated by plastic panels
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>>1794095
>which ones did you like the most yet?
I liked the Moka Railway steam locomotive episode. I believe that was her first episode on the show? It was very nice
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>>1794107
I agree, it's a really nice one! the Mooka station looks great
>I believe that was her first episode on the show?
yes, though it's still weird to see Takagi take the lead that much lol
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Bump for Cathy Cat
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>>1789493
Bump for more Cathy Cat

>Desperately needed line to north and north east
>Dies due to NIMBYs not liking it blocking their view of commieblocs

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>be me, bike commuter
>most cycling lanes around my place are in impractical and/or dangerous places (usually sidewalks), most of them were clearly placed to accommodate car users
>constantly get honked at by carfags over the smallest slight, like stopping before turning left to let oncoming cars pass or climbing the plateau of my university's IT building by the road (only way up other than bus)
>witness the constant bitching of carfags online about how cyclists "break traffic laws"
>mfw I see cars doing worse than anything I've ever read about bikes at least once a week and tamer infractions daily

>be omw to uni
>stop at red light
>bitch in a car is way past the bike line
>barely any non-dangerous space for me to be
>already pissed because aforementioned plateau incident happened yesterday
>enough.jpg
>shout "why the fuck are you past the bike line?"
>light goes green
>bitch starts her car

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>>1777412
>looks down in shame when a man honks at him >chases women down like a psycho and stilll getting ignored

Holy massive faggot
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>>1785545
Based women disrespecting faggots
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>>1777452
>Roundabouts
That's the only exception of priority to the right and you should know it.
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>be me, cyclist
>don't drive because anxiety reasons
>city has great cycling infrastructure
>while waiting in a bike lane (one of the few places without bicycle boxes), hear muffled eurobeat playing in the distance
>cager pulls up
>actually looks like a total badass
>glances over, doesn't say anything but looks at me like I'm an autistic sped
>lose all confidence
>go home
>cry
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I hate carfags who say shit like "iF cYcLiStS wAnT tO bE rEsPeCtEd MaYbE tHeY sHoUlD sToP dOiNg X, y AnD z" as if I have fucking control over the dumbass shit other cyclists do.

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PSR and passenger shenanigans have customers and labor suffering for the stake of shareholders. The US should nationalize the Class 1s under Amtrak. Then Amtrak Frieght can be the profit making arm that allows Amtrak Passenger to run more service. While also making freight customers and labor happier. It will also allow for the electrification of the RRs.
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>>1794554
>>1794547
UK freight trains: 30 containers
US freight trains: 250 containers.
How can electric onions even compete?
https://youtube.com/watch?v=WOGV3KT8qDI
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>>1789628
Why? The freight system in the US is already the best and has the lowest rates. Why would you fuck with something that works just because it's not "perfect" by your definition?
>It will also allow for the electrification of the RRs
To what extent? Outside of some very dense and high traffic lines on the East Coast how is that practical?
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>>1798809
What explanation is there for Japanese private system working better than other systems?
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>>1799129
Density and relative average citizen poorest until alot of it was built.
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>>1789723
The problem is incentive, not mangement

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why you should take horse pill anon and ditch (((bikes)))

1- faster than bicycles and more realiable
2-safer and easier to ride will stop automatically when sense danger
3- theft proof (mostly)
4-will protect you from road ragers by kicking them back to their shithole
5- will love you forever and become your best friend
6- respects other drivers and doesnt annoy them or hold line for them
7-very healthy for envornmemt since it produce fertilizers and stinky land mines for fraud cyclists who claim to be nature friend
8-will take you almost anyway and can go through any type of harsh surfaces with no problem
9- let you ride hand free if you need acess to your phone or weapon in case you are being attacked by butthurted jealous broke cyclists
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Also you can drink heavily and fall asleep on its back and it'll still take you safely home.

It all sounds great, OP. The problem is that modern society has no infrastructure for housing your horse once you've reached your destination.

The solution? Robot horse.

All the advantages, none of the drawbacks.
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>>1756947
Literally not possible.
Horses take a shit where they stand, no recognition.
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>>1796210
2 person chariot archery is lit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw_7nYDjHnw

>>1796339
>what is a garage
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>>1797340
Go horsey
Ride like the wind
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Horses have a pretty low weight limit, the kind of horses people learn to ride on will have a limit of about 160lbs - 180lbs
I used to work at a riding school and we would turn away young fit healthy guys away all the time, they just weighed too much and the bigger horses were not suitable for begginers.

If you weigh over 200lbs horses are not for you.

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How do you go from this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKcJIPpjh0g

To this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHmyYqfNYnc

All in the span of 6 years
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>>1796581
>let's take two class I railroads the absolutely HATE each other and moosh them into on giant clusterfuck
No idea, Anon.
https://youtu.be/aUKxwtrQR3A
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>>1796581
different management styles- losing track of locomotives.

The intended merge of PRR with B&O fell through, so they had to do NYC, which had largely parallel tracks. B&O wasn't much better off, as W&M was largely parallel as well. Hindsight being 20/20, I think some of the W&M lines (such as from Cumberland toward Pittsburgh) would've served the B&O much, much better as they're higher up and less prone to flooding.
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>>1796581
Poor management, ICC forcing another already bankrupt Railroad into the merger, shit track condition, etc.
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>>1796581
absurd robber baron style aristocratic management instead of trying to run a legitimate, profitable business
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>>1797647
*3

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Any /n/ users who used the S-Bahn in Germany? Is it any good? Deutsche Bahn won the contract to completely overhaul the GO Network into a train service that runs every 15 minutes or better.
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S-bahn was pretty good, far quieter than the London underground. I fingered my girlfriend on the way back from Alexanderplatz. Its probably my most favourite public transit and sitting down waiting for a train at the platform is nice. Distant noises and warm wind.
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>>1795319
I guess that the non-stop trains to Stadelhofen and HB would still be traditional double-deckers, but something like the S14 would be a target for more frequent single-decker trains, as you have a lot of passenger changes at any of the stops between Wallisellen and Schlieren.
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>>1795358
Meh, it makes sense but id agree more with >>1795070 in any case, seems counterproductive to slash capacity just to gain a few minutes. Better focus on new lines, be it tramway or S-bahn
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>>1795199
>>1795188
Depends on the place, I guess, It's often the smaller cities with Stadtbahn subway-surface systems that have the biggest problems. They built the tunnels with grant money and now that they're 50 or so years old they can barely afford upkeep.
But I was in Frankfurt a few years ago and transit was grimey af.
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>>1791668
fpbp

The plague of the modern bike industry can be accurately traced back to its origin: Pro level racing. This idea that whichever roided lanklet goes le fastest on their 30k plastic specialty bike somehow translates accurately to the real world, when in fact the two have nothing in common.
Instead of sucking the BIG BIKE HOMO DICK and throwing all your shekels down the drain for the latest chinese carbon frame with a limited lifespan and whatever other big buck fad part the marketing team has cooked up for this year, we should look elsewhere for inspiration. Somewhere real, with real world applications.

Enter the Swiss MO-93, or Militärrad 93. Here we have an all steel beast that's been refined since WW2, and has never failed the extreme real-world trials of the military. Derailleur guard, racks, dynamo headlight, trailer, hydraulic rim brakes, ceramic-coated rims, frame bags, spring saddle, fenders and all for just 25 kilograms! Everything you could ever want, everything that was stolen from us, everything that should come as standard equipment at a reasonable price. If it were like this we could have our dutchbike utopia too, but alas spandexfags and consoomers have ruined everything. If it's good enough for the Dutch, and good enough for the Nips, and most importantly good enough for the military, it's good enough for you.
>n-noooo I can't go fast on it it's 2 heavy
Ummm, sweaty, I think soldats know more about being fast on a bike when they're LITERALLY BIKING FOR THEIR LIFE. You will never get good training on children's plastic toys, but you will become god hauling cabbages on your dutchbike every day.

TL;DR
Dutchbikes are the true chad cyclist's choice. Steel is real.
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>>1795540
Again nope. I'm not the other commenter you were talking to. I dont care what other people ride just dont try to force your preferences on me.
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bump
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>>1792838
Where would I find such Rad as a German?
eBay?
What would be a decent price?
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>>1798935 Over here: >>1792852
I had a similar question, but you're better off just trying to cosplay as it by following this: >>1795616 and >>1794111
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utilitarianism is the only way forward

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What do you think about it?
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>>1798466
Is this sarcasm? I'm on /n/ so I can't really tell.
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>>1798418
How is this /n/?
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>>1798472
36 minutes each way is pretty much unbeatable for such a large (populated) city.
If you count 15 minutes walking time in total to go from home to the bus station and from the bus station to the office that leaves 20 minutes for the bus/train ride which is very short.
There's some times that you juste can't compress due to the very nature of mass transit. The mean of transportation that is perfectly tailored to everybody's commute is called the car, and we all know it would be much much worse if the 4M people employed in NYC commuted by car.
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>>1798424
came here to post this
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I think they had to make a lot of housing very fast so they did what they could. Didn’t turn out bad.




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