Posts Tagged ‘heavy’

Old NISHIKI Mountain Bike from the 1980’s is the Un-FordGoBike: Old, Cheap, Light, Reliable, Sustainable, and NOT an Advertising Vehicle, At All

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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Old: Well, sure, just look at it. (Reminds me of the “MOTIV” “brand” bikes I bought for $199.99 at the South Airport Drive (which is,oddly, located north of SFO) Price Club (loaned it to a bro, told him how to lock it up in the Tenderloin, was ignored, so it got stolen) and at a Costco (road it for 13 weeks, then sold it at the end of summer, then came home). And it also reminds me of the Trek 8000 I bought for $560 (retail was $899 and similarly had a saddle what towered over the handle bars – 4 inches higher in altitude IIRC) that had “luxurious” LX shifters what were two generations newer than this Nishiki. In any event, this Nishiki is old.)

OTOH, Ford Motor Company’s GoBike rentals are new new new.

Cheap: Well, sure.  You could buy one  yourself for less than the $150 it’ll cost you just to get started or just one year with FORD.

OTOH, Ford Motor Company’s GoBike rentals will run you $1200 if you happen to lose one. (IDK if they’ve made people actually pay this amount, as the publicity would be highly negatory, good buddy.)

Light: Oh yes, quite.

OTOH, Ford Motor Company’s GoBike rentals are heavy metal, designed to be clunky. (On a lark, some roadies rented some GoBikes to race them across The Bridge and up Conzelman to the top of Hawk Hill. It was treated as a kind of a joke given the design of the Ford Motor rentals. (And even though this speed contest violated some clauses of FoMoCo’s detailed and lengthy agreements, some at Motivate, International promoted it on social media, at least for a while.))

Reliable: Well, sure, just look at it. It’s honest machinery what shows you how it works.

OTOH, Ford Motor Company’s GoBike rentals need a whole crew of workers what get paid just 15% more than the bare minimum wage. (Are they experts on the new-school rear hubs by now? I hope so.)

Sustainable: Well, sure. What’s stopping this Nishiki from going another 40 years on the mean Streets of San Francisco?

OTOH, Ford Motor Company’s GoBike rentals are mostly funded by something like $50 million worth of Ford Motor Company marketing money. Who’s to say that this K(ontract) will make it even the seven years specified? And that brings us to…

Not an Advertising Vehicle, At All. Well, sure, it says NISHIKI on it, but there’s nothing stopping you from taking it off – I mean that wouldn’t violate your Rental Terms or your Rental Agreement, etc. Right? So that’s part of the reason why Ford is paying to buy up parking spaces in Frisco – the advertising placement.

OTOH, Ford Motor Company’s GoBike rentals are Advertising Vehicles. That means that if the Ford Motor / Motivate International people happen to catch you on one of their rental bikes, you know, and then take a picture of you, or make a video of you, well, you’ve already signed your rights away to YOUR image. See what I mean? (Oh what’s that, you don’t care? All right, well I bet I could point out something in the agreements that you wouldn’t cotton to.) Myself, well I’m not worried about my photos rights cause any images of me on a FoMoCoGoBi have gotta be fakes, plus I don’t think there’s any advertising edge to be garnered using my image anyway.

So there you have it, Yet Another Corporation Trying To Make Money Off Something That Oughtta Be Free, 2017 Edition.

Government-Subsidized “BAY AREA BIKE SHARE” Tries to Rip Off Tourist for $300, Only Steals $150 – When Will BABS Solve This Repeated Issue?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Suffer Fabian:

“Wow, watch out guys, especially tourists, that’s a total rip-off! Wrongly assumed it would be like bike share services in Europe, 30 minutes free of charge and for a day pass (i.e. renting the bike for the day) would cost me 9$. Took 2 bikes for 2 days for my girlfriend and me thinking I would at the end cost me something like $36 – which sounds reasonable for those heavy, sometimes poorly maintained bikes. They charged me at the end more than $300! Ridiculous. Cannot see how this is a sustainable service. Ended up paying half after intense discussions which is some relief, however for $150 I could have rented out 2 high-end mountain bikes for that price.”

Here’s what the tourists see:

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I know there are more words around this image, but I’m just telling you what the tourists see.

Is BABS aware of this issue? Yes, but it just doesn’t give a fuck. They’re all like “fuck you, pay me,” or actually, they’re like oh, well, just pay half then. That’s the deal – get charged waaaaay too much money by mistake and then talk your way down to 50% of the overcharge. It’s like a unwritten BABS policy now.

And believe it or not, BABS would have only a 1.5 star Yelp rating but for its hectoring of customers who dare give it a one-star review, and but for the shill 5 star reviews.

It goes on and on:

I’m giving one star because the quality and condition of the bikes is absolutely horrible. All the bikes are heavy pieces of junk! Forget investing in more docking stations Bay Area bike share, invest in better bikes!! I’ve been to many cities around the world and all the bikes there looks way better than the ones we have here.

Perhaps BABS deserves its abysmal two-star Yelp rating?

Campaign 2014: Here’s What 3.3 Pounds of Mail in a Mailbox Looks Like – Plus, David Chiu is Very Very Evil

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

(Yes, there is white powder on the LCD screen of this digital scale – why do you ask?*)

(And no, I don’t think David Chiu is evil, but man, you ought to see some of these fliers I’m getting…)

Anyway, here’s what I pulled out of the old mailbox yesterday – 52 ounces of garbage, plus, somewhere in there, a small check from State Farm, a diamond in the rough:

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Now, granted, there was a B&H catalog in there, plus a Costco Connect magazine, but the bulk of the bulk was campaign 2014 flyers what cost more to mail than they cost to produce.

My poor letter carrier!

*It’s flour, fool, purchased in bespoke fashion [25 pounds at a time] from my local purveyor of comestibles [Amazon, Fuckin’ A, bubba, back when it was only $27 a bag – now it’s like $40 for some reason?] 

Our U.S. Military Conducts Exercises in Plain View at Ocean Beach – Coast Guard Rescue Boats Practice Practice Practice

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Thusly:

Hey, you know who doesn’t train for this type of water rescue? The SFPD, which is sort of funny because they have the exact same kind of aluminum-hulled rescue boat, Marine One or whatever they call it.

Am I saying that the SFPD Marine Unit should try to replicate our Coast Guard and practice alongside the Coasties? No.

But I am saying that it’s absurd that the SFPD operates a heavy surf rescue vessel. We should give it to the government of the Philippines or something like that.

IMO.

Watermelon Delivery, Chinatown USA

Friday, February 7th, 2014

On Pine heading towards Grant Avenue:

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Here’s What You Need: An Electric-Assist Cargo Bike from NTS Works of Santa Cruz – But a Bit Pricey at $4800

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

I don’t know, man, but here’s your 68-pound, $4800 cargo bike from NTS Works:

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It’s new, it’s you, maybe.

All the deets of today’s debut:

“Introducing NTS Works’ electric 2×4 Cargo Bike

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 4, 2013

What:
It rides like a bicycle and works like a pick-up truck. The revolutionary electric 2×4 Cargo Bike is using patent-pending technology to deliver more than 100 pounds of goods to customers in urban centers where vehicles either can’t go due to traffic congestion or can’t park due to high cost in time and money.

Who:
Creators at NTS Works, a start-up company based in Santa Cruz, Calif., are using their experience as founders, inventors, designers and battery technology developers at Zero Motorcycles to produce the 2×4 (pronounced “two-by-four”) electric cargo delivery bicycle.

Where and When:

—  NTS Works founder and CEO Neal Saiki will be in San Jose/San Francisco
on Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5 with the 2×4 Cargo Bike.
—  Neal will be available for media interviews to talk about the bike and
his experience as founder of NTS Works, and his technical and business
background as founder of Zero Motorcycles.
—  Neal can be reached by mobile phone at 831.247.2015, or via email:
neal@NTSWorks.com; media inquiries can be directed to Michael Coates
(408.399.9081 or mcoates@mightycomm.com or Tom Fulks (916.508.3837 or
tfulks@mightycomm.com) of Mightycomm.
Why:

—  Technology story:
—  The 2×4 Cargo Bike’s revolutionary design carries up to eight bags
of groceries, or more than 100 pounds of cargo.
—  It handles just like a regular bike under load. What sets 2×4 Cargo
Bike apart from other delivery bikes is the new and unique way of
steering the cargo. The patent-pending steering mechanism – unlike
anything currently available in the biking world – places the cargo
load directly over the front wheel for the best possible balance,
handling and maneuverability in tight urban environments.
—  The 2×4 pedal assist senses the rider’s energy/power needs and adds
three levels of power for flats, hills and acceleration.
—  The 2×4’s battery technology uses the highest quality lithium ion
cells available, with 500 watt hours for a real world range of 30
miles. The battery has a lifetime warranty, which no other e-bike
maker offers.
—  The 2×4 Cargo Bike is a real bicycle, in that it requires pedaling
to move forward. A steady and maintainable workout is provided to
the rider regardless of cycling skill. The 2×4’s smart pedal sensor
design provides just enough juice to get up grades without the rider
having to get out of the saddle, stand on the pedals and grind out a
sweaty climb.
—  Entrepreneur story: Neal Saiki is the founder of Zero Motorcycles, a
successful electric motorcycle company, and an inventor (battery
technology is one of his areas of expertise). Neal is a lifelong cyclist
and has applied his knowledge to designing and building an electric
bicycle that works for the task at hand and meets a need at a reasonable
price.
—  Environmental story: The 2×4 Cargo Bike is on the leading edge for
environmentally sound local delivery in urban areas, offering zero
emissions, pedal power with an electric assist (for hills, etc.), new
battery technology and a new, smart way to deliver goods in congested
urban centers.
—  Coolness story: This is a really great bike. You’ve just got to see it
to appreciate the creative design and ride it under load to appreciate
how totally awesome it is.
SOURCE  NTS Works

Photo:http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130904/SF74110
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NTS Works

CONTACT: Michael Coates, 408.399.9081mcoates@mightycommunications.com

Web Site: http://www.zeromotorcycles.com

The MyDutchBike Store Decamps – Off to Marin County, or Someplace, or Nowhere – Expensive Bikes, Expensive Rents on Market

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Say good-bye to the extremely expensive MyDutchBike sto on Market Street in the Financh. I think. I saw a sign that said that they were moving on up to Sausalito,

But the Yelpers are making it seem like the store just has weird hours, so maybe it’s not gone.

Mmmm…

This place is crazy though, so don’t miss a chance to check it out, wherever you may find it.

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And the best part is the touchiness:

“im glad you have all the time in the world to write BULLSHIT.
you are an idiot. I have what is called real world experience,
something you know nothing of.
get a life, you are not welcome in my company.
I’m sure youve heard this before.
I know much more than you and always will
you dont know how to read
call shimano and talk to them
i know you havent
give it up
you fucking looser”

MyDutchBike in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

It’s the minivan of bikes: 

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Anyway, count this as an actual sighting in the wild – usually I only see these rigs at the uber-expensive MyDutchBike sto on Market Street.

Ah let’s see here:

“Gone were last year’s cheap chinese cargo bikes, so at least no one got turned-off to cargo bikes this year…”

And there’s this:

“To sum it up, whatever “metal” the Chinese use to build their bikes out of is soft, weak, and full of impurities.”

(Hey do you know why Euros spend so much on bikes in Europe? Maybe it’s the 50% tariff on the Made-in-China competition…)

But maybe you’re a San Francisco millionaire with a garage, so here’s the spiel:

“We ship our Dutch bike, Dutch bikes, Dutch bicycles and Dutch city bikes FULLY assembled nation and worldwide. We sell utility bicycles from Amsterdam and other cities in Europe like Oma bikes, also known as Omafiets, or Oma fiets, Omafiet, Abuela, abuelas, GrannyBike or Granny bike and Grandma bicycles,Abuela bikes, Amsterdam Bike. Opa bikes also known as Opafiets, Opa fiets, Opafiet and Grandpa bike, both comfortable, stylish straight up riding position bikes that will last for decades. Check out our Fr8 bikes, or freight bike, gorgeous in everyway and extremely strong for real-life situations like school, shopping, commuting and errands around town, designed by Henry Cutler. Also from Workcycles are the Secret Service or SecretService bikes and are made with Azor frames hand build in Amsterdam. Also seen on the streets in The Netherlands or Holland is the Bakfiets, or Bak fiets, Bakfiets.nl, Cargobike, Cargo bicycle, longjohn, long john bikes, boxbike and box bike. We have them in several colors all with Shimano Nexus 3 and 8-speed hubs. We now carry the fabulous Retrovelo, some say Retro velo or Retrovello, bikes. Retrovelo bicycle unites functionality, city chic and the individualism of its rider. With models like Paul, Paula, Klaus, Klara, Otto Solo/Duo in fantastic colors. These balloon racers or ballon racers are designed by Frank Patitz in Leipzig Germany. We also sell other european bikes or euro utility bikes or Danish bikes from Denmark and Germany. We also carry Velorbis or Danish bikes. Not to mention Pashleys which are English bikes like the Guv’nor. We also have accessories like Yakkay helmets and Yakkay covers and Clarijs and Basil panniers Po Campo and Nutcase helmets and finally Carrie Swedish bicycle baskets. Don’t forget to check out our Umberto Dei bicycles from Italy too! Please visit our shop if you’re in the neighborhood. Our address is 575 Market Street, San Francisco California USA. Did you know that the following cities have the highest percentage of bicycle commuters in the U.S.A? Minneapolis MN, Sacramento CA, Portland OR, Tucson AZ, Fresno CA, Tampa FL, San Francisco CA, Oakland CA, Mesa AZ, Anaheim CA, Boston MA, Washington DC, Seattle WA, Albuquerque NM, New Orleans LA, Oklahoma City OK, Phoenix AZ, St. Paul MN, Long Beach CA, Santa Ana CA, Los Angeles CA, Honolulu HI, Denver CO, Chicago IL, Pittsburgh PA, San Diego CA, San Jose CA, New York City NY, Houston TX, Raleigh NC, Milwaukee WI, St. Louis MO, Cincinnati OH, Riverside CA and Columbus OH, in that order. You landed on the My Dutch Bike website, which is the same as MyDutchBike and MyDutchBike.com.We are open to the public. Public may also make an appointment if not able to make our normal store hours. Please visit our website for hours.”

And here’s something else, on the topic of some customer-dude’s opinion of Shimano roller brakes:

“Here’s the e-mail response to this review I received from Josh, the mechanic at My Dutch Bike:

“im glad you have all the time in the world to write BULLSHIT.
you are an idiot. I have what is called real world experience,
something you know nothing of.
get a life, you are not welcome in my company.
I’m sure youve heard this before.
I know much more than you and always will
you dont know how to read
call shimano and talk to them
i know you havent
give it up
you fucking looser”

And that’s enough for me from MDB.

Teach the Children Well: Proper Bike Security is the First Lesson to Learn on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Monday, August 29th, 2011

See?

That heavy-duty chain and tiny U-lock probably outweigh this wooden push-bike:

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Does the kid wear the chain bandolier-style when s/he’s riding? That’d be sweet…

Watermelons for Chinatown: Emergency Shipment of Sweet, Sweet Melon Taxes Tiny Ford Ranger

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Didn’t think this load was going to make it even a block up Nob Hill via Pine:

Scraaaaaaaaaape:

But this trucklet managed the turn on Grant and into Chinatown (which, unlike other parts of town, nobody calls a “food desert,” AFAIK)

And only one fell onto the street.

Hurray!