Category Archives: I liked it better the old way

If you have $5000 and are looking for a way to break your scapula, Giant Bikes would like to help

One of my local bike shops has been pushing (well, metaphorically, I mean), the Giant Full-E+ 1, which looks like this:

It’s an XT-level mountain bike with dual suspension and disc breaks, and I have no trouble with that. 2.6″ tires, which are pretty much the norm nowadays, and a Yamaha motor that puts out 500 watts. Surely, nothing can go wrong there.

Yes, I know, there are times when having extra power can get you out of a jam, and to get the fun of riding downhill you typically first have to ride uphill, which can be a drag. But among the complaints I hear from people on mountain bikes, “doesn’t go fast enough” has never been mentioned, not even once. And given the propensity of mountain bike riders to endo even under their own power, I’d hate to be the insurance company that stands behind Giant or its dealers.

Nordic Biking – Copenhagen

Part four of the Wheeled Thing review of Nordic bike share systems is Bycyklen and if you have read the other three parts, you will not be surprised to learn that it translates to City Bikes.  No, you will not be confused by the name of the system as you travel from country to country.

Unfortunately, Bycklen kinda sucks, and I did not give it a try.  Let’s do the bad side first this time!

On the bad side

The pricing did not make any sense.  The website has two options for tourists:

1: Pay as You Go – The price for Pay as You Go is DKK 30 ($4.75 USD) per commenced hour.  Each account can have 2 simultaneous users on each user account. They both pay DKK 30 per commenced hour.

2: Packages:  Pre-paid package of 600 minutes DKK 300 ($50 USD) that allows 5 simultaneous users on each user account. All users that are logged into your account will be using your pre-paid minutes.

As I could not figure out what a “Commenced Hour” was, I  reached out to Byyken.  They wrote:

“The ‘pay as you go’ means that you are charged 30 DKK every initiated hour. That means that if you take two bikes at the same time and ride on them for 20 minutes then you will be charged 2×30 DKK = 60 DKK. It is possible to rent maximum two bikes at the same time on one pay as you go-account, hence the charge.
It is not possible to accumulate minutes, which means that it will calculate after each bike on each trip.”

This means that two bikes taken out for 20 minutes costs $10!  And I though Stockholm was expensive.  Buying a package was an option, but also confusing.

The other problem is the bikes were motorized  and has a tablet mounted, they look like this:

Copenhagen White Bike

Copenhagen Motorized Tablets

No thank You… instead we did a traditional bike rental at Copenhagen Bicycles

Copenhagen Bicycles

Motor Free Cycling!

48 hour rental for DKK 180 ($28 USD) – it was kinda nice not to have a time limit or look for a dock.  The bike worked!

The next reason Byyken is lousy is people ride the bikes too fast… why???? because it has a motor.  Bike share should be slow, as many people are novices riding in the city, and slow is good, especially on vacation.

Copenhagen City Bikes is the worst bike share of the Nordic Capitals.

AeYO!

“AeYO!” is the sound you’ll make when you hear the price 648 Euros or when you hit the ground in a heap after wiping out on this bike/skates combo that is neither a bike nor skates but something in between. Who thought it would be good to strap more restrictive things to your skates?

From http://www.aeyo.com/

 

Garmin’s Varia Vision introduces a great new way to save $400

Specifically, don’t buy the Garmin Varia Vision.

Attaches to your glasses and projects information from your Garmin bike computer (not included)

Attaches to your glasses and projects information from your Garmin bike computer (not included)

Can also display information from a rear-facing camera (not included), which would seem to make a mockery of their claim that this thing decreases distractions.

Can also display information from a rear-facing camera (not included), which would seem to make a mockery of their claim that this thing decreases distractions.

“Bird of Prey” prone cycling. Is it a joke? It looks as though it may be a joke.

We’re all familiar with upright cycling.

o-VANCOUVER-BIKE-CYCLING-570

And most people have seen recumbent bicycles

Mohsen-Saleh-recumbent

But racing bikes require bending forward at the waist

tt bike 1

And I think the people at Bird of Prey have just said “Hey, how far can we take this?” With the following result:

I bet her neck aches after a ride.

I bet her neck aches after a ride.

In case you were wondering, $8500.

Bike Dumb, Lock Smart

Here at Wheeled Thing, we’ve looked at smart bikes, smart pedals, smart grips, smart scooters and smart glasses.  Our friends at Skylock think they’re all stupid… you should get a smart lock!

skylock

Skylock suggests you should buy a smart lock – so if you lose your keys you can still unlock your bike with your phone.  Alternatively, if you lose your phone, not only can’t you call someone for help, but you also can’t ride your bike home either!

Skylock states that the lock will send you a text message if someone is “tampering” with the lock – just like those damn car alarms!  I know I feel sad that my bike does not annoy me when people accidentally bump into it.

But wait, there’s more….there’s a crash alert which will text your friends when you drop your lock… or crash, and you can also give access for other people to use your bike without sharing your keys.  I’ve always felt that it’s so hard to hand someone else your keys.

Dunno… I’m pretty happy with my dumb lock.