Posts Tagged ‘heavy’

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:


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


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.


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

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.

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:; media inquiries can be directed to Michael Coates
(408.399.9081 or or Tom Fulks (916.508.3837 or of Mightycomm.

—  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
—  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.

NTS Works

CONTACT: Michael Coates,

Web Site:

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.


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,, 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 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


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:


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.


Resolved: The “MyDutchBike” Store on Market Should Change Its Name to “MyExpensive-AssDutchBike”

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

The MyDutchBike store on Market Street has bikes that are way expensive. That’s The Message, can you dig?

Now, let’s hear from Yelper Luke M:

I’ll just be honest.  I don’t get it so I don’t like it.  The first time I was in here it took me a while to figure out it was a store.  I thought it was a gallery of industrial art pieces disguised as bicycles!   I’ve you’re looking for a big hunk of a bike that costs $3000 for basic breaks and shifters–or you want to pick up a $109 handle bar bag–this might be the place for you. But really if you wanted to get down the street with more style than speed you could probably hire a troop of palanquin bearers for less than the cost of these huge bikes!  Conclusion: Not for me.

And I think the prices are up from last year. Throw in your San Francisco 10% sales tax and you’re looking at a couple grand for the most basic model. Oh well.

Cost? You have no idea how much this rig runs:

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Oh well.